Sunday, July 27, 2008

Food!

Great news!  They turned off Becca's IV fluids yesterday!  She's totally on milk now!  They pulled the PICC line (as it is an infection risk), but she will still have the feeding tube.  She can't take a bottle yet, both because she can't suck, swallow, and breathe at the same time (a skill they usually develop around 34 weeks) and because there's not a bottle nipple small enough for her tiny mouth!  Soon they will fortify her milk with some extra protein, which will hopefully help resolve the edema (which, apparently, is a normal preemie issue that isn't a problem, as long as it doesn't get bad enough to affect her breathing).

12 comments:

  1. Hi Nancy and John,

    How wonderful that baby Becca is doing so well!

    I mailed a gas card to your church address this week. I hope it made it intact.

    And, Nancy, I confess, I could NOT resist some tiny pink items I saw this week. PLease let me know where I should take them. I can meet you at Vanderbilt one day or even drive them to your church--since I am RETIRED!

    Best wishes to all of you.
    Josie McCamish

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  2. Congrats to Becca. We are so happy for you all.

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  3. Yay! That's great news about the eating and the pooping and all of the growth!!! Wow. Grow Becca grow - what an amazing little girl! All of the pictures are great and it's a joy to see them!

    =0), Narcie

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  4. OH MY GOODNESS!!! I'm so excited to hear this! I have missed y'all so much! I'll see ya tomorrow and can't wait to see how much she has grown! :-)

    Leigh <

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  5. yeah for full feeds! she's graduating :)

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  6. That's pretty sweet!!!!! Yay for food! She is such a sweetheart, now that she gets just milk I'm sure she's gonna get bigger in no time!

    How long until she develops the breath suck swallow thing? And where does she such cute tiny dresses?

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  7. I found your site from Until Journeys End. My daughter was born at 25 weeks, and is now almost 13 mos! I understand how hard it is to be a preemie parent! Were praying for your little one! Send an email if you ever need to talk or need anything!

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  8. Carol Cavin-DIllonAugust 4, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Wow! I heard that Becca had been eating like a little piglet, and now she's up to 1' 7". WOW!! I hope to see y'all soon. In the meantime, you continue to be in my prayers and in the prayers of my whole church. Almost every night, either Tate or Martha will mention Baby Becca in their prayers. It's just gotten to be a habit. And sometimes they even mention Sisi and John. :) We'll be praying for the Berlins, too. I can't even imagine.

    Much love,
    Carol

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  9. Hi Nancy and John, I am so glad to hear Becca is doing so well. She is a doll, and definitely a fighter. take care of her and yourselves. Love you both. Dottie Kennedy

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  10. Dear Nancy, John, and Becca, You are miracle people!!! I didn't realize in the "kangaroo" pictures you were holding her!!! That ounce a day is astounding. And - I imagine you think I'm nuts, but Nancy - I think she has your eyes :). She'll learn the suck thing when she needs to - for now, she's got it made :) - what a sweetie!

    Love, Patsy

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  11. I stumbled upon your website about your Itty Bitty Becca last week. I've read all of your posts and am anxiously waiting to read your next ones.
    It's so wonderful to hear that Becca is growing. God is good. You're all in my prayers,
    Patty in DC

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  12. Hi Nancy! It's Jorie, from Brentwood. Sara (Presley) sent me a link to your website, and I am so happy things are turning around for your adorable little girl! I understand how hard it is to have a little one in the NICU, but know that those people make miracles happen everyday and your little girl is one of them! If you ever want to chat and catch up, send me an email! Your precious Becca is in our thoughts and prayers...
    Love, Jorie

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