Sunday, April 6, 2014
For the past few months, you've been unable to regulate your own temperature. This is a universal problem for tiny preemies. As a result, the isolette has maintained your temperature for you. Every three hours since the day you were born, we've taken your temperature to make sure that you aren't getting too cold or too hot. Any deviation from a narrow window caused problems. That's beginning to change now. With any luck, we'll be moving you out into an open crib like a proper baby. As of now, the top on your isolette has been "popped," leaving you exposed to the atmosphere This is rather nice because it means I don't have to reach through two cramped portholes to stroke your forehead, anymore.
It's amazing how my perception of you has changed. You used to be this fragile, untouchable thing. Now I have no qualms with touching you or holding you close. You were nearly featureless before and looked almost exactly like all of the other 24 weekers that came into the NICU. Now I'm seeing nuance in your face: tiny dimples and little rogue hairs and small splotches of dry skin. Like before, though, you seem to never stop moving.