Today was another excellent day.
Lumin reached many milestones, including:
-Ditching the snorkel for a pair of "low flow" oxygen tongs.
-Opening both eyes and looking around a lot. A lot a lot.
-Pooping on her own, without glycerin to help.
-Taking out the IV. She's feeding enough on her own and doesn't need them.
-Getting her first swaddle. See the photo with Grandma Sue below.
-Getting her first pacifier. The doctor talked us into it, since she can't breastfeed yet and we want her to associate being full with the suckling action.
The day was also very stimulating for us parents. It's easy to fall in love with your baby at an accelerated pace when she can finally open her eyes! We also interviewed our first potential pediatrician, and liked her a lot. Later, Ben took a second look at Lumin's MRI and concluded that her thalami and basal ganglia appear to be in pretty good shape. In his very unprofessional opinion.
A special thanks to each and every one of you who has supported us with meals, help, and money. Every day more donations come in and we feel so thankful to have the support of our loved ones.
-Ben and Monica