The NICU was closed to visitors all morning because they were doing a procedure on one of the babies there. So I didn't get to see Claire until 1:00. I held her from 1:00 until 2:00 when visiting hours ended. She slept in my arms the entire time and it was great.
She ate well again today so they unhooked her PICC line. She is no longer getting nutrients from the IV but only from the milk she drinks. She spit up several times today, but they think it is because she is not burping good rather than due to reflux. I tried laying her on my shoulder and burping her this evening and she let out a good one and didn't spit up, so we are making progress. Tomorrow I think they are going to let me try to nurse her rather than feeding her from a bottle.
The best news of all is that tonight they moved her to the "step-down" NICU! It is very posh. There is a lot of room around her crib and there are rocking chairs. It is also quieter there and they turn down the lights at night. The other NICU was loud all the time (a friend of ours said it sounded like a casino) and the lights were bright. I told James that when we get Claire home we will probably have to ring the doorbell to get her to go to sleep, since she is so used to hearing the dinging alarms in the NICU.
I asked one of the nurses when he thought Claire would get to go home and he guessed the beginning of next week. She needs to keep eating and she also needs to be weaned off the oxygen.