We are the Spinda family (John, Shanna & Stella Mae) from Murray, KY... on February 1, 2011 at 10:27am our beautiful baby girl, Stella Mae Spinda, was born at 26 weeks gestation. She weighed 12.34 oz and was 9 in long - Stella suffered from Intrauterin Growth Restriction (IUGR) which caused both her extremely small size and her being born premature. Stella spent five days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Norton/Kosair Hospital in Louisville, KY. She passed away late on February 5, 2011 from complications of her extremely small size. This blog was started when she was 23 gestational weeks old and we discovered her condition. It's original purpose was to keep family and friends updated on Stella's journey - we now hope to use this blog as a way to continue Stella's journey by honoring her memory and also as a way to support others who are struggling with infertility or have lost a pregnancy or baby.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Day 3 Update

Boring, and boring is great :-)
She is still stable and doing good. She was fussed with some and got a new IV in her belly button. Adding to the good news train, we found out that her ductus venosus is closed (yes, its wikipedia, whatever). This is a good sign as they would have to close it with a procedure should it not close on its own after birth. It is possible that it still may open, but this is a great thing. The reason this is so good is that she may able to take minuscule amounts of mom's milk in and digest them. The contents of mom's milk are like gold to her and digestive system and growth (0bviously). If we can do this, its a big step for sure.
As Shanna just said, its almost like its going to be hard when something bad does happen. But we are just enjoying the good right now. Other good things are that Shanna is moving around with just a few rails to support. She'll be discharged Saturday, if nothing else arises. This is amazing considering my wife did have a serious c-section with lots of incision and moving things around. Shes really doing great and feels much better :-)
We are all just sitting here enjoying our little miracle. Good night :-)

1 comment:

  1. Very good news! :) Glad Shanna is already moving around and feeling better.