Here I am at 5 weeks sleeping in my incubator. Youíre probably wondering what all these things on me are. Iím wearing my favorite yellow hat that my grandmother Tina made for me. See the bracelet on my hand? It measures my pulse and oxygen saturation to make sure Iím breathing ok and that my heart beat is strong. The tube going into my mouth from the top of the picture is my gavage tube, the nurses feed me my mommyís milk through it. (yummy!!) Big scary looking tube in front of me are attached to the hi-frequency ventilator, this important machine helps my lungs and diaphragm grow and get stronger.
The big metal thing on face is there to keep me from pulling all the tubes out from my mouth but I figured out how to do it anyway!
In this picture you can see my favorite nurse day-shift nurse, Jonnie. She treats me very well and loves me a lot.
Here I am doing my favorite activity with my mommy again. You can really see how small I am.
One weekend my grandmother Noriko came all the way from Maryland to visit me. Where is Maryland? Iím sure someday my mommy and daddy will take me there.
Here are some more pictures of me wearing all of my NICU jewelry. I was especially playful this night, reaching out for my mommyís finger.
In this picture you can see how alert I am and how bright my eyes are, even for someone my size. You can see how tiny I am next to the thermometer.
Finally, my abuelita Tina got to hold me one night. The nurse let her pick me up in my snuggly bed. Do you see my eyes look at my abuelita?