Rylee got a visit from the big man himself, SANTA (and Mrs Clause)!
It's official: Rylee's on the GOOD List.
Mommy got to HOLD Rylee for the first time! She was such a good girl. She snuggled in her blankie and held mommy's finger, and peeked at mom from under her little hat. She liked being held so much that she protested going back into her isolette! Daddy wasn't able to be there because he thought he might be getting sick (he got to hold her the next time, a few days later).
Rylee is showing a little more personality and "voicing" her opinions. Her nurse says she has decided she doesn't like her CPAP very much (she gets hold of it with both hands and tugs as hard as she can!), and she apparently isn't a fan of having a wet diaper (who can blame her?).
She had a rough night on Tuesday (she had more episodes of apnea and bradycardia than usual and just wasn't looking or acting her sweet self), so she got a blood transfusion, which did wonders! By the next day she was back to herself, breathing better and being less fussy.
FYI: That same night she also lost her umbilical cord (at 2 o'clock in the morning)!
She's still tolerating her feedings very well, and has gained 5 ounces over her birth weight (as of Sunday, December 13th she weighs in at a whopping 2 lbs 5 oz!!)
Her biggest issue seems to be remembering to breath, which is very typical for a baby born as early as she was. Her doctors and nurses are keeping a close eye on her and helping her out when she needs it. They say it's frustrating to see her have her ups and downs with her breathing, but it just takes time and when she's ready she'll let us know! So far she's done VERY well and all her tests have come back normal! We are all just taking it a day at a time, and enjoying the time we get to spend with her and missing her when we are away!