Ok, we went to Q3 feedings Monday evening. That means every third feeding will be by bottle, plus Jennifer still gets to breastfeed once a day. Do the math - Sara gets 8 feedings a day (every three hours), every third is a bottle. So instead of a daily schedule which we have done for the last several weeks consisting of afternoon and evening visits, now it is a 3 day rotating schedule involving trips to hospital to bottle feed, breast feed, pump, help take care of 2 others girls, sleep, eat, pray, and oh yeah, breathe. The good thing about it all is - one step closer to coming home.
We were able to secure a courtesy room at the hospital, so we will be sleeping up there 2 out of every 3 nights. I figure we'll get really comfortable in the new routine and then it will all change again. That's usually the plan.
Sara continues to do well. The biggest issue with her coming home seems like it is going to be eating. It is still early to be sucking-swallowing-breathing, and everyone is happy where she is now. But, she is going to have to improve to come home. Right now she can really eat well for a brief time (10-15 minutes) and then she is tired. Thankfully it does not seem to be an issue of IF she can do it, but how long she can last. Over the next week or two pray her stamina and strength increase.
Latest word on the shunt - the surgery has been scheduled for the 23rd. We really have a peace about this. In fact, we are kind of excited that is she has to get one, let's get it done and get home ASAP.
Thanks for praying for Sara's cousin, Elisabeth, they got a good report on the bilirubin level and won't have to check back in for a week.