And to think, when I started this, I was worried there’d be days I’d have nothing to say except, “still eating, still peeing, still sleeping.”
Today, Eva was one week old!
She weighed in at 5.1 ounces, so she’s still growing like crazy.
Her umbilical cord fell off, leaving just a tiny nub where there used to be a centimetre of dried cord.
There are traces of tears (I think?) at the inner corners of her eyes, and given the timing, I’m thinking that means her eyes are going to be opening very soon, right on schedule!
We’ve stopped using the 5 cc syringes and gone back to the 3 cc (by the way, Terumo is no good for syringe feeding… B-D is much smoother and works far better). With 5 cc, she was just guzzling it down too fast and it was all but impossible to even slow her down without taking it away from her entirely. The switch from first to second 3 cc syringes in the middle seems to give her a chance to burp in the midst of her complaints. So, we’re going to stick with that for the time being.
Oh, and she had a bowel movement this evening, quite a large one. I’d be happier if she’d have smaller ones more often, but they just don’t seem to happen.
There’s a saying that it takes a village to raise a child… we have at least a village worth of people backing Eva. From the Humane Society, to my teachers and classmates in the Vet Assistant program at St. Lawrence College, to the folks at the local Global Ryan’s Pet Foods, to the folks at Medical Arts who helped Sean with syringes and gauze… to the unwavering love and encouragement of the regulars at ICHC even when Sean and I are sleep-deprived and/or distracted and definitely preoccupied. And, absolutely to Loki, Angel, and Trick who are tolerating bizarre hours and a disrupted schedule due to this small noisy alien.
Videos (two of them) and pictures below! Enjoy!