Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Ava - October 4th

Ava has responded well to the phototherapy!  Her bilirubin went from 17.5 to 10.5 in the past 24 hours.  We've also seen a big change in her alertness.  Before phototherapy she could barely hold her eyes open...and now she's looking around everywhere and staying awake during feeds.  Apparently, increased bilirubin really affects alertness.

Dr. Lightburn re-assessed Ava this morning around 9:00.  Her weight has dropped to 5 lbs 1 oz, which is not a huge concern but we definitely want it to start going the other direction.  The hope is that her feedings will improve now that her bilirubin has decreased and she awake more.  Everything else looked good.  Ava has one last step before she can be discharged.... a car seat test.  She has to sit in the car seat for 1.5 hours while hooked up to the monitors.  If everything goes well, she will be approved for discharge.  She's about an hour into the test now....so hopefully we'll be going home soon!!

The car seat test...

Just snoozing through it...

We had a little photo shoot while we were waiting to start the car seat test!  Apparently Miss Ava has her own plan for EVERYTHING....because just after I put on her going home outfit, she spit up all over it!  If all of this is any indication of Ava Kate's personality, we are definitely going to have our hands full!! Ha!