|Daddy holding Jillian for the first time|
Weighing heavy on my heart and mind this week will be Jillian's extubation. She will most likely be extubated (taken off of her ventilator and put on CPAP) Tuesday afternoon. She is going to be given a steroid before and after extubation to give her the best fighting chance of being successful on CPAP as possible. As with everything here in the NICU there are possible side effects and long term complications, I am praying that the benefits for Jillian far outweigh any possible complications.
Additionally, both girls will be getting their eyes checked this week. It is standard procedure here in the NICU for babies to get a ROP exam at or after 31 weeks. The girls were 31 weeks this past Friday so the time has come for their eyes to be checked. Having the girls wear glasses is not a concern, that is something I can certainly deal with. However, I am praying that there isn't something more complicated with their eyes that glasses can not fix.
On a happy note, my husband got to hold Jillian for the first time earlier this afternoon. At 2lbs 6oz, she looked so teeny tiny in his arms. They enjoyed their hour of cuddle time together though and I know that is an hour that my husband will always hold dear in his heart.