I was reminded yesterday that I actually should still be pregnant with Claire now (well, "should" on the gestational calendar, but not on God's calendar). I would be 35 weeks pregnant this past week. So I thought it would be interesting to read in my book "What to Expect When You're Expecting" as to what Claire should be like at 35 weeks if she was still in my belly. Seems like she is right on schedule with her weight as it says she should be around 5 1/2 pounds. Last night she was 5 lbs 3 oz, so she is close. The length it gives in the book is 20 inches. At last measurement, Claire was 16 1/2" long. So she got some short genes - she gets it honest from both sides! Her brain cells should be developing a lot during this time as well. That's why it's so important for Claire to get good sleep and rest so her brain will develop.
Today she seems to be resting well. I went up early this morning and held her for about 3 hours. I actually fell asleep a few times because it's just so comfortable holding her. Aunt Julie and I are going to head back up to see Claire in a little bit. I just can't stay away! Claire has been able to have a bowel movement, so her stomach is better and I hope she will not be as fussy. She is still very hungry. Her doctor said she will probably start back on feeds the first of the week, but he won't be there. Claire will have a new doctor. He said that Claire didn't like him and that she was giving him the evil eye since he took her off of feeds! The doctor also said that the new doctor coming on next week would be the "hero" since he will be giving Claire food again, and that since he took her off of feeds, he would be considered the "goat"! These doctors are so great! :)
Oh, and the kind teachers at Centenary Pre-School have decided to host a fundraiser at the church for Claire on December 1st. The church usually has a BLAST night that night, so all of the proceeds raised from the BLAST supper will go to Claire. The graciousness continues.....
And we realized today that Claire's Duke BFF, Eliza, has been moved into Claire's room right beside her!!! Claire is so excited that they can whisper back and forth to each other again. They have a lot to catch up on! I haven't seen Eliza's parents lately to get an update on her, but please keep her and all of the other babies in the ICN in your prayers.
Have a great weekend and please keep Claire in your prayers!
The Scott Family