Sunday, June 24, 2012

valentina lee's first photos

these are some of the first photos of our little preemie.  valentina lee was born tuesday, may 8th, 2012 at 8:16 AM in lisbon, portugal.  she was born at 27 weeks 6 days (gestational age) (about 13 weeks/ three months- early)  baby weighed 726 grams/ 1 pound 9 ounces.  due to my pre-eclampsia/ HELLP syndrome, she was "measuring" at about 24 weeks, which is why she is extra tiny.  in the last six weeks, we have been kicking some serious ass... and weigh 1295 grams/ 2 pounds 13 ounces.  while we have had some infections and blood transfusions, we have had no major setbacks.  we moved from a ventilator to a CPAP after two weeks (?) and are now are on the BLEND machine i think it is called... which is just pressurized oxygen blowing into her tiny perfect nose. and god willing, we will ride out the rest of our time in the NICU smoothly, quietly, and with nothing but big full diapers and lots of growing.  and snuggles.  we love snuggles.  baby was due july 29th, so we anticipate another 6 to 8 weeks in the hospital.  but vivi can take as long as she needs to come home perfectly happy healthy and chubby.  cos we just love chubby babies.  she is our tiny miracle baby, and it is truly an honor to be a part of her life.  my tiny baby shows me what it means to be strong...  i am so proud to be her mama.   

these are among the first photos... maybe the first two weeks?

daddy victor posted this photo not too long ago.... but she is getting bigger and better...  no longer on the ventilator, having moved to the CPAP...

these photos are from the weekend that we found out she needed her first blood transfusion.  why is why she was burrito wrapped, as she "wasn't feeling well." despite how animated she is about being vacuumed out and having her diaper changed....  i discovered she is a much happier baby when mama massages her belly to get the extra air out....  a result of sleeping with her mouth open while having oxygen pumped in... the air gets pumped into her belly... and she is *famous* for shooting little tiny mustard seed turds across her incubator, during diaper change time.  the nurses now know to "open with care," massage, wait, *ready-aim-fire,* and then proceed with diaper change...  

we are getting pretty!!

daddy loves me

mama loves me

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