Last night just as we were about to leave, Elli did something we had never seen her do, she had her eyes open. She was looking all around and couldn't get enough of her Daddy. Initially the light was too much of a shock to her eyes, so we turned down the lights, that is why the video is so dark, but oh well. It was so amazing to see her awake and responsive and looking up at us trying to focus. You can see in the video that she is trying to focus and moving a lot. She also has the hiccups in the video, which she also did a lot when she was in my tummy and during her ultrasounds. At one point she was looking at me and I got right down by her face and told her how much I loved her and how beautiful she was and she immediately threw both arms up in the air like she wanted me to pick her up, and man did I ever want to, but resisted (barley). She was squeezing Brian's finger and pulling his hand down to try to get them both in her mouth. She was using the trachea tube as a pacifier last night and just sucking away on it and blowing bubbles. She was wide awake for about 30 minutes and Dad and I just ate it up, we didn't want to leave, but the nurse bless her heart let us "play" with her the whole time. Finally it was time to call it a night (around midnight) and we covered her eyes back up and tucked her arms and legs in to try to get her cozy, and she did end up falling back to sleep, but she didn't really want to. That 30 minutes was the best 30 minutes of my life. I could see my baby Elli for the first time, it was so amazing to see her look up at me and it literally melted my heart, and her daddy's.
I woke up during the night to pump and called to check on Elli, the nurses said that she had just woke up around 4 and had a poopy diaper! Not that she is getting any feedings in her tummy, she had just passed her meconium stool, but still that is always a good sign. The night nurse said that she was wide awake again and playing around, but this time she couldn't get her to calm down as quickly, so she ended up giving her a PRN dose of Morphine which settled her right down. The night was pretty uneventful, her vital signs have been staying pretty much the same, even during her awake periods, which is always a great sign. I am waiting for the Doctors to round this morning still, so if there are any changes I will post, other wise, I am going to play with Elli, it looks like she is starting to wake up again, she is moving around a lot so I am going to go check on her!