Yep, we finally picked a middle name. She's doing great. She still has a few episodes a day of apnea and bradycardia, where she forgets to breathe and her blood pressure drops; pretty common for babies this age, and most of the time she remembers to resume breathing on her own (they're on top of it if she needs help). She's eating from a bottle now, and is digesting her food better. Yesterday they removed the restriction on Shelly, so she's been able to go in to see Kaitlyn. We've been able to hold her, and to help feed, bathe, and change her. And we've each catheterized her a few times, which we are getting used to. They tell us most newborns resist cathing a lot more than Kaitlyn does, so she probably has less sensation in the area; thus, it's more likely that she'll need to be cathed throughout her life. But we expected that would be likely. She's doing pretty well overall; no increase in head size, lots of strength and mobility in her legs, and her back is healing well. A nurse from the Fetal Treatment Center who sees all the MOMS kids tells us that her back looks fantastic.
Shelly's mom flew in yesterday morning, and she and Mike brought Damon and Audrey in to the hospital for a few hours yesterday and today. This afternoon we said our goodbyes, and they all flew back to Hurricane; we'll stay here until Kaitlyn is ready to be discharged, hopefully a week and a half or so. We'll really miss them, but it will be good to rest a little while so Shelly can heal, and so we can figure out how to care for a spina bifida baby, regroup, and prepare for the months ahead.