Saturday, November 19, 2011

No more cannula!

I'm so excited, Cameron got her cannula out Friday night!! For the first time in her life she is breathing completely by herself and she's doing awesome! I'm so proud of her. The only tube she has left to get rid of her is feeding tube which, FYI, has been moved to her nose. In some of the pictures I am posting you will be able to see it. It may look uncomfortable but the babies actually like it in their nose much better than their mouth. When it is through their mouth it stimulates their gag reflex and makes it harder for them to close their mouth. Now that the cannula is out she can have it in her nose so they made the switch. The put her back on the bolus feeds Thursday (smaller amounts) and she did well both Thursday and Friday. Today she is back on the full bolus feeds and she did throw up a little bit after her first one so I'll just have to wait and see how she does.

And she had her eye exam Wednesday where they look and see how her retina is developing. They are monitoring for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) which is extremely common in early preemies.  A normal newborn has fully developed retinae but obviously early preemies don't and sometimes they don't continue to properly develop outside the womb. While Cameron's are still not finished developing they have continued to develop the right way since birth. The ophthalmologist will keep checking her to make sure they continue on the right path until her eyes are fully mature.

More pictures. Some are from a couple of days ago and some are from today without the cannula. She's looking so much like Josh. Every day the nurses comment on how much she looks like Dad. And she's so BIG!! I can't believe how much she has grown. She is 3 pounds 7 ounces, almost 3 and a half!


  1. That is so awesome that she is breathing on her own!! Harry had his feeding tube in his nose as well, he didn't seem to mind it the first few days, and then he pulled it out, hehe!

  2. She is getting so big! Awesome news on her breathing milestone! You sure do have something to be thankful for this year! :)