Alyssa is the perfect baby. She is so sweet and never cries. Because she was so scheduled in the NICU, I though she would maintain that same 3-hour feeding schedule at home. However, the minute I brought her home she decided to make her own schedule. She never lasts three hours between eating. But I don't mind. I was worried she wouldn't nurse well because the last two seeks in the hospital I had stopped direct-breast feeding her because it was causing her to desat more during feeds. It is much easier for premature babies to suck from a bottle and it is less work for them than the breast. So I just pumped my milk and give it to her through a bottle. This was a good idea, because soon after I started doing this they were able to remove the NG tube and she was able to take all her feeds by mouth. This was a hard decision to make because I am such a breast-feeding advocate, and I missed that personal time with her, but I was willing to do anything to speed up her hospital stay. I felt like switching her back and forth so much was confusing her. So once we got home I was worried about her refusing the breast, but was thrilled to find that she had no problem switching directly to the breast. Within a couple days of coming home, I was able to completely stop pumping and stop supplementing with bottlels. She is a great eater and continues to gain weight well.
The following pictures were taken on her due date, April 15th about a week and a half after coming home from the hospital. She is laying on the beautiful blanket that her Great-Grandma Betty lovingly made for her.
These are the first pictures ever taken of our clan of 6.