Whitney has officially moved up to the 4th floor Heart Center! Yeah!!! We were with her when they moved her from the ICU to the heart center yesterday around 3:30 in the afternoon. Whitney is finally looking much better. (She did not look as good on Friday as on Thursday and was still having some trouble with breathing, but this seems to have improved!!!) We were lucky enough to have private rooms in the ICU but it was a very busy place with people all around just outside of the rooms, but now things seem calmer and we have a bigger room in the heart center with a private bathroom complete with shower! Our nurse in the heart center, Erin, was very nice and I think she is going to be Whitney's nurse again today (Sunday). I brought Anne home with me around 5pm and Mike stayed until the shift change to meet the night nurse and say goodnight to Whitney. Jen, our night nurse, said to bring clothes on Sunday because we can now dress Whitney in more than a diaper wrapped with blankets. I am excited to get to the hospital today to see Whitney & to dress her in some clothes!!!
We are very excited about a major event that took place with Whitney yesterday. She was able to take a pacifier on her own and kept it in her mouth all by herself!!! Before when we would try to give her a pacifier she would either gag or she seemed unable to keep it in her mouth without someone holding it for her. It seems like she now has the energy and strength to keep a pacifier in + she is hopefully over her aversion after getting sick from the formula we had been using (all different types, including prescription formula) to fortify the breast milk. We can't wait to meet with the speech therapist (in the hospital, speech therapists work with babies on feeding and swallowing issues) on Monday, hopefully, to try feeding her by mouth. (She is still taking all feedings through the ng tube http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasogastric_intubation )
Here are some pictures from yesterday: