|Jimmy with his bundled baby dragon Maisie - she looks so big!|
|Jimmy weighing Maisie without the CPAP on|
When we were told about an opportunity to do what is called Kangaroo Care, we were thrilled. We just didn't think it would be possible and to be honest, we had no expectations at this age. The nurse was all for it and I became the first guinea pig (or Kangaroo?). The concept is that the baby can feel your heartbeat and is warmed by your body temperature through skin to skin contact. She can feel you and is comforted by familiar sounds and scents that she has missed since birth. During this time, we talked to Maisie and told her all about the happenings of the day. She sneezed on me several times and it was the strangest feeling. Her tiny fingernails scratched at my chest and she tried to sprawl out as much as possible. I couldn't keep her as warm as she needed, though, and when it came time to take a temperature in the armpit poor Maisie cried up a storm (a video/audio clip is below). Jimmy was able to "Kangaroo" the next time and kept her much warmer than I did.
|Erin starting Kangaroo Care - before the blankets covered her up|