Kymani also has started rooting, meaning she wants to breast feed. The nurse said we can try this tomorrow. She's very small, but because she has been sucking her binky (pacifier) very well and has been trying to root a bit, this is a good idea. She tried here and there before, but today, she tried very hard to do so and even got frustrated when she couldn't.
So, the goal that we have to personally work on is getting her to feed properly. Obviously, the nurses will be helping with that, as you never know whether a preemie is ready or not until you try.
Another piece of big news is that she may be graduating to a regular crib instead of the isolette. To do this, babies need to be able to regulate their own temperature, among a few other things. The temperature on her isolette has been getting turned down lower and lower each day, meaning she doesn't need as much aid with staying warm. This is very good.
Each day with a preemie baby is full of milestones, new information, and sometimes even setbacks, but not always. Each day holds a new plan, so you never know what to expect. We don't yet know when she will be able to go home. But we do know she is making great progress each day.
Since our vehicle has broken down to a state that would cost more to repair than the vehicle itself is worth, we will be looking into the boarding available to NICU parents tomorrow. We can't ask or expect anyone to drive us back and forth as much as we need to be there. Love, kangaroo care (skin-to-skin therapy), and her parents and siblings spending time with her is one of the most important factors in her healing process.
There is a nightly fee for the boarding, but we do have two free nights courtesy of the hospital, we got a little bit of extra work to help, and a friend was generous enough to help out with enough for a night and a half. We will just keep looking for extra web-related work and/or try to sell enough crafts to keep the boarding going until she is able to come home because she really needs us there.
All positive vibes toward her coming home as soon as healthily possible are really helpful because obviously, the best possible scenario is that she is at home, rather than in the NICU. Again, with preemies, it is hard to pinpoint an exact time when that will happen, but all good thoughts toward her being ready soon are very helpful.
Another cute thing Nova does is say "baby play" over and over while we are there. We are trying to get her to understand Kymani cannot play yet.