The billirubin level in Ginny’s blood has gone down. Which is funny ’cause she actually seemed yellower today than yesterday, but whatever. We will take good news where ever it shows up.
Like for instance:
- the doc says we don’t have to keep the caps on her head anymore except when it’s cool out.
- And Ginny IS getting enough to eat …….almost. She should be taking in 10 ounces a day and she is already up to 9. So we are doing well and tonight she has already eaten three seperate feedings of over 40 ml each, so it looks like we may be on our way to another increase in feeding habits. (an ounce is approximately 30 ml. by the way) The problem was that the “target intake” we had been shooting for was based on healthy, full-term infants, not a 1 month early, 5 pound infant. So now that we have adjusted numbers, the outlook is much better.
- As for the jaundice, since we are in hot, windy Kansas and shouldn’t be exposing her to all that dust and such, they said we can put her in a sunbeam in the window of the house. For instance we can lie down on the carpet with her (on a baby blanket of course) and just play or nap in the sunbeam for 20 minutes twice a day. It will help. But the biggest factor is to get her intake levels up.
- We were worried about all kinds of things that the doc reassured us on. He laughed at us in a good natured way and basically confirmed what you all have been telling me: we are just first time parents and totally paranoid
Oh another good point to today: I have been finding more and more Starbucks here. At first I thought there was only one in town, but lately I’ve been finding more. Either that or Martin has been diving in circles….either way I’m happy.
The big news for tomorrow (thursday) is that we have a court date. This is not the final step to getting to come home to Georgia, but it is ONE step in the process. We have loved being here and spending time with Mel & Steve and Steve’s folks, but I want to come home. Choir was tonight and I missed it so very much.
Vivian & Dan (Steve’s parents) are leaving in the morning to return to Wisconsin, so please pray for traveling mercies for them.
Below you will find the obligatory photos of the day. One is of Ginny the other three are of Martin & Steve playing Disc Golf. Steve’s step-dad Dan went along and snapped the photos. He was apparently less interested in flinging plastic than he was in taking photos of he scenery. Disc Golf courses tend to be pretty scenic out here.