Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Darling Granddaughter...

We went up to see her this weekend and managed to visit her each day in hospital. She is doing so well and fighting like a little trooper. She now weighs 3lb 4oz (weigh day again today).

The photographs of just how small she actually is, don't really show her true size. She is incredibly tiny, basically the size of a doll. Her head isn't quite the size of a pomegranate, her little face is barely a 2" circle. Her beautiful mouth is probably 1/2 - 3/4" wide. A whole host of expressions play across her face including big smiles which everyone says they can't do but they look like smiles to us.

She still needs to grow her fat layer under her skin but her skin is now looking more pink  rather than shiny red which apparently it was when she was born. She is beginning to shed her lanugo body fuzz.

When I held her in the crook of my arm, with her head resting inside my elbow, her feet just about reached my wrist. If she were to stretch her legs out they would barely reach the base of my thumb! She is basically the length of two and a bit mobile phones.

She has her mum's large eyes, so big, and her nose. She has her dad's ears, hair and frown!

Mum is excelling with caring for such a tiny delicate wee thing and is absolutely blooming:) DS is still a little wary but has a go at everything when he can (except feeding of course) but he doesn't get to spend so much time there. It will come.

She has moved from an incubator into a heated cot which is good. Once she can hold her own temperature the heat will be turned off to see how she does. Her sucking reflexes are now developing but she has been on her mums milk from the start. Here are her grandads fingers for a comparison:

I so wished we lived nearer to them and am counting down until we can visit again. It had better not be too long folks:)

28 comments:

  1. Glad for you that you got to see her every day recently, and that she's doing so well. It's amazing isn't it how such a tiny wee thing can even survive and thrive. Hope you can see her again soon.

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    1. So do we. It was interesting being on SCBU as we could also see all the other tiny babies as well.

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  2. I'm pleased to hear your lovely granddaughter is doing so well and hope that she continues to progress so well. I "get" the feeling of wishing you lived nearer to her. I've got 2 granddaughters within 5 mins of us, but our 3rd forthcoming grandchild due in 10 days time will live 2hrs away from us and I'm already feeling the pangs!! Thank goodness for mobile phones, etc.

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    1. We use Facetime so we hope once she is home, that we can see more of her that way. They live 4 hours or so from us so we can't just drop in.

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  3. Oh gosh, those tiny, tiny little fingers. How wonderful that she is doing so well, but it must have been so hard to tear yourself away.

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  4. This is wonderful news. I'm glad she is doing so well and that you could visit. I hope you get another visit very soon. That little one is lucky.

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  5. My goodness how wonderful she is progressing so well and that you finally saw her. The wonders of technology is a joy that you can face time, I do that with my own Grandchildren which is a delight.

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    1. Trouble is DS will probably get arm ache holding the iPad over her whilst we chat!

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  6. Lovely to hear she is doing well. Hope you get to see her again soon

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    1. Us too. Still keeping our fingers crossed.

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  7. It's wonderful to read that she's coming along very well indeed. Ifd love has anything to do with it she will thrive, won't she. It resounds in every sentence.
    Lots of love
    xx

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  8. So pleased she is doing well and hope you can see her soon.

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  9. Oh how wonderful to hear that your little granddaughter is doing so well.
    I am over the moon for you.
    Hugs-x-

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  10. Glad you had a good visit, and that she continues to do well. xx

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  11. Your granddaughter sounds wonderful. Glad she is growing and thriving.

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  12. I was a staff nurse on a SCBU in Manchester years ago. It was a very rewarding job and something I loved. It’s a big step going from the incubator to a cot but a good sign. Every day will be another step. It must have been a worrying time for you all but marvellous that things are progressing well.

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    1. Thanks. I think it’s somewhere I could also have worked.

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  13. Thrilled that she's thriving! Thanks for sharing your good news

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  14. What great news that you were able to go and see your GD. What a milestone to graduate to the cot from the incubator! Hope you can visit again soon.

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