February 17, 2009
Daddy Holds Charles
At tonight's visit, Ryan had the opportunity to hold Charlie for about 40 minutes. He's super tiny and feels like nothing in your arms. He opened his eyes and looked up at his Daddy, who gave him a goodnight kiss.
The nurse called us at home today to get our permission for a blood transfusion for Ambrose. Premature infants often develop anemia for several reasons: they don't make many new red blood cells in the first few weeks after birth; their red blood cells have a shorter life than an adult's; and the frequent blood samples which must be taken for laboratory testing, makes it difficult for red blood cells to replenish (A Primer on Preemies).
One type of care St. Joseph's encourages is Kangaroo Care. Similar to "wearing" the babies in a sling, Kangaroo Care provides skin-to-skin contact between preemie and parent. Although it was offered to Ryan tonight, he decided not to expose his man-chest to the night nurses. Actually, he wanted to save that first experience for me.
Please continue to pray for Ambrose. He is still really sick and struggling. The poor little guy was in bad shape tonight, but the nurses were working hard to stabilize him.