Well, Clara has made it clear to all of us that she is a boob girl. We've tried lots of different bottles and lots of different nurses, but this girl really just wants to breastfeed. I have been breastfeeding her during the day while I'm at the hospital before each of her tube feedings (11:00, 2:00, 5:00). Since they can't be sure exactly how much she's getting from me, we were still giving her the full 82ccs through her feeding tube afterwards. The past couple days she's been spitting up/throwing up quite a lot and the nurses and I really thought it was just because she was getting too much food. When we asked Dr. Yang today if we could just skip the tube feedings during the day while I'm at the hospital, she surprised us by saying, "Why don't you just "room in" for the next two nights, breastfeed exclusively and see how she does?"
So, that's exactly what we're doing. Clara got her last tube feeding at 11:00 this morning and since then we've been just breastfeeding every two to three hours. There are these great family rooms at the hospital that are typically used for parents to stay with their baby in the room the last night or two before discharge just as a trial run. We're not that close to discharge yet, but we're using the room to give breastfeeding a shot. Clara hasn't thrown up since that 11:00 tube feeding and I think is taking around two ounces for each feeding. Robert and I are delighted to be joining her for a slumber party tonight! It's the first time all three of us have spent the night together and we're pretty excited. I'm also a little anxious. This is a big test to see whether they'll let us go home without mastering bottle feeding yet. We covet your prayers tonight. Please pray especially that Clara will eat heartily and gain weight over the next couple of days to prove that this is sustainable. Pray that she will have plenty of wet and poopy diapers to demonstrate that she's hydrated and getting nutrition. Pray that Robert and I are able to catch a few winks between feedings ourselves and that our first night together as a family of three, although away from home, will be a success! This is truly our last hurdle on this journey. You have faithfully prayed us through each and every step, so we ask now for your fervent prayers one more time. Eat, Clara, eat!
I'll post some pictures of our newest home tomorrow, but it's dark and quiet in here now and since there's a sweet sleeping baby that I don't want to disturb, I'm going to leave it that way.
Join us in handing over this final step to God. He has cared for us so well and provided for us so thoroughly throughout this journey. We are trusting that He will again. Part of the Lord's prayer is "Give us this day our daily bread." We're asking now that God provide enough nourishment to Clara to sustain her and allow her to grow! I don't think He'll mind if I change the words of the Lord's Prayer tonight to say, "Give us this night our nightly breastmilk."
Matthew 4:4 - Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ Nor shall we live on breastmilk alone, but on the grace and hope of our Lord and Savior. Amen.