Merry Christmas to all!
September 3: I forgot to mention that yesterday my feeding tube was moved to my nose. It’s smaller and I can start using my mouth to eat. I can also finally make all the noises I want, and I get to wear my own clothes!
September 4: I was so busy growing today that I forgot to ask mom and dad for a picture!
September 5: I was feeling wild today and decided on leopard print! Also, I received this lovely blanket to cover my isolette and help me sleep.
Sptember 6: I grew an ounce and a half today! I am trying really hard to get big enough to go home.
September 7: Today was a big day; I got to meet all of my siblings and a couple cousins too! The nurses said I was doing so well that my brothers and sisters all came outside one of the windows and I came off my monitors for a whole hour.
September 8: I tried my pants on today. Grandma McCracken says I can do stripes and still look fashionable! You can see how cute my mommy is too!
September 9: Sporting the monkeys.
September 10: Daddy says I have beautiful eyes.
September 11: I was being a stinker today and had to get some extra oxygen. I’m OK; just like letting everyone know I’m the boss.
September 12: I was tired and didn’t want to pose much today.
September 13: Today was Friday the 13th. I refuse to take pictures on such a scary day.
September 14: Nana Penning visited today. I also got a new friend to visit with in the incubator. My auntie Marisa and her kids sent me my little monkey and this new blankie for my incubator. Isn’t it pretty? In the afternoon, my nurses said I was ready for some visual stimulation, so they put some pictures inside for me to look at and said the blankie would help me too.
September 15: My cheeks are filling out!
September 16: Daddy says I’m his little monkey.
September 17: So tired today!
September 18: I was up 1 pound over my birth weight today.
September 19: Big day today; I’m out of the incubator and into a crib! That means I am keeping my own temperature regulated and I’m big enough to maintain my body weight. All my friends joined me in the crib to celebrate!
September 20: Bath Time! I took my first bath today; my feet were kind of stinky!
August 27: Today I had a visitor, my Uncle Mike was here from Wenatchee.
August 28: My CPAP came off today. I have been breathing well with it and the doctors set me free! I am a lot happier without it.
August 29: Mommy and Daddy got to see me much happier today again without the CPAP. My nurse Jen made a cute flower for my hat and we took some pictures.
August 30: I hit 3 pounds today! Unfortunately, I didn’t keep breathing as good as the doctors told me to, so they put the CPAP back on. :( I really don’t like it and keep trying to pull it off. But, they tell me it’s for the best.
August 31: My feeding keeps being increased. Today I am at 17mL every 3 hours. I have been very good at eating! Today I had great fun with Nurse Dan. He thought I hadn’t pooped enough and decided to help me with that. I don’t like that kind of stuff, so I showed him who’s boss! He said he’s never seen anyone poop like that before; it went all the way up his arm and out the incubator. I was trying to make a good impression. :)
September 1: My PICC line was removed today. The doctors say that I’m eating good and can get all the nutrients I need from my food now. My feedings are up to 20mL! I have been a very good girl and Mommy and Daddy are very proud.
September 2: The CPAP is off again, this time hopefully for good. I’ve been tugging on my feeding tube too, so I got to be tubeless for 3 whole hours today!
August 19: Today I was born and placed on a ventilator with some supplemental oxygen.
August 20: Mommy got to see me for the first time today. The NICU nurses made me a special name tag for my incubator.
August 21: Mommy and Daddy got to hold me today! I went under the bright blue lights today. I’m breathing normal air now!
August 22: Today mom and dad saw my eyes for the first time. I needed more time under the blue lights again.
August 23: Mommy changed my diaper and no more ventilator; I’ve graduated to the CPAP! I’m breathing stronger and stronger. They make them very small for kids like me. A little more blue light today to help me out and I get to wear cool shades.
August 24: Today my belly IV came out and I got a PICC line instead. Now the doctors and nurses can give me a little more nutrition. Also, I finished up with the lights. Daddy shared his wedding ring with me; it goes all the way up my arm! I have a couple friends in my incubator to keep me company.
August 25: Grandma McCracken had to go back home to Las Vegas, but visited me with Daddy before going to the airport. Thanks for visiting and helping watch my big brothers and sisters while Mommy was in the hospital!
August 26: I’m growing! After losing a little bit of weight, I gained it back and now weigh the same as when I was born.
See all of the pictures here: Hannah’s photo gallery.
Go here for my growth chart.
Hannah Catherine McCracken