Oct. 6th, 2008

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So, I just got a call from Mother. She went and visited baby Rosie at the hospital yesterday.

As I said in my earlier post, my niece, Rosalie Margaret was born 4 months early on friday. She is 2 lbs. The good news is that she made it past the 48 hour mark with flying colors. The doctors took her off the automatic ventilator, and she's breathing on her own with an oxygen tube. They also managed to get a feeding tube into her bellybutton, so she's getting her nutrients the normal way. (her digestive system hasn't finished growing yet) She also has so much hair, my brother joked that they would have had to braid it if she had gone full term. If she keeps doing well, they will be able to take her out of her incubator box and let my sister-in-law hold her. This is EXCELLENT news, as I learned in my Early Child Special Ed class that skin-to-skin contact is REALLY important for the development of healthy pre-mature babies.

My brother and sister-in-law are doing well. They are both grateful of the many miracles that were needed for her to be doing as well as she is. As we all are.

The only concern at the moment is for cerebral hemorrhaging. (eek!) This is a standard worry for all premies, and is most dangerous in the first seven days. After her 1-week mark, she'll be facing a whole new set of worries. But! considering how well she is doing on all other fronts, I'm choosing to remain hopeful.

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