For the non-Italians reading this, a brief definition of "Gavone".
Italian word meaning someone who
1) Eats too much and is a pig
2) Or takes more than he can eat
i.e. Frankie is such a gavone, look how many canolis he took.
There is no better word to describe Andrea right now. Her weight is up to 1910 grams (4 pounds, 3.4 ounces) and she's devouring her 32 ml of milk. She is doing so well with the bottles that one doctor last night ordered all feeding to be bottles. The doctors today backed off that, not wanting to stress Andrea out too much just yet. Tomorrow is her last day of antibiotics, so by Saturday, she'll be all bottles.
With the help of the lactation consultant, Andrea and I tried nursing today. Since there is no way to tell how much milk she gets from nursing, we decided that we'd also offer her the regular bottle of 32 ml of milk. Andrea managed to nurse for 10 minutes, then scarfed down the entire bottle on top of that! She likes her food! We're going to try again tomorrow, and see how she does.
Andrea's oxygen is still at 2 liters, but it is no longer what they call high flow. Now it's just standard oxygen, running between 25 and 28%. Her blood gases were good - now they'll check them again tonight and make sure all is still well.
FYI - I'll be turning 40 on Sunday. Ken (the most awesome husband in the world) is taking me away for a few days to celebrate, and recharge. Mom and Dad are going to visit Andrea, and I'll check in by phone. I will post tomorrow (Friday) and am planning to bring my computer as well. However, if I have no Internet access, I may not be able to post Saturday and Sunday. Just keep praying, and don't worry if there are no new posts. If I miss the weekend, I'll be back on Monday.
"A difficult time can be more readily endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose - a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve."