Saturday, January 26, 2013
Daddy's first diaper change
Friday was a good day for Elizabeth. The settings on her ventilator stayed steady and she seemed comfortable all day. She had her bilirubin light on all day, but her levels were only slightly elevated, so that's sure to come off today so that we can see her beautiful little face.
She had a little break without the mask and light for a few minutes so that her daddy could change her diaper for the first time! Even though the diapers are made for premies, Elizabeth is a very tiny premie, so they are still too big for her. We have to fold down the top quite a bit to get the bottom tight against her tiny little bum. Simon took to the task like a true engineer, but he admitted that he was quite nervous. She is so very fragile it is hard to pick up her little legs to get her diaper underneath. He did a fantastic job & was thankful that it was just wet, not muddy, as she is still passing meconium, which is incredibly hard to clean up on her thin, sensitive skin.
Simon came over after his MBA class last night & we stayed here at the Ronald McDonald house in the hospital. I have to say, if you need a charity to support this year, the RMD foundation has been so wonderful to us. I had no idea about the good they do for families of sick children until I had a sick child myself! We are so grateful for all of the support and clean, comfy beds at night we have had, and will continue to have while Elizabeth is here at the hospital. It's wonderful to be so close to her. I'm able to spend so much more time at her bedside because I don't have to waste my time in Houston rush-hour traffic.
To all those who have left comments, thank you. Your comments mean so much to me. Knowing that Elizabeth has so many supporters out there who are praying for her gives me hope that she will be able to tackle any challenge that we may be faced with in the future.