(Sorry, can't figure out how to edit the original post to include an update message in the title)
Caleigh is making great progress each day. She has been breast feeding for five days now and is taking more and more each day - she's gained over 7 oz since being born a week ago! She is also showing other great improvements with her muscle tone, reflexes, breathing etc. She is off her IV (although she is still receiving antibiotics for the meconium she ingested) and the facial swelling from birth has almost completely gone away. Also, we were told a couple of days ago that she flipped in labour and was lying transverse (sideways) so that combined with the meconium explains why she was in fetal distress, why labour became so difficult, and why it was necessary for a c-section.
We're keeping our fingers crossed that she will be able to come home with us this weekend. It all depends on the results of an EEG (brain scan) that will be taken either today or tomorrow. We're at the hospital with her each day, able to hold her and spend as much time as possible with her. The nurses & doctors in the Special Care Unit are absolutely wonderful - incredible with her and us, and they explain everything so well each step of the way.
By far, leaving her each night is harder than giving birth. I always say "okay, let's go" and then I look at her once more and end up crying for 45 minutes b/c I just can't leave her. It is so difficult knowing that each night she is staying at a hospital, being fed by nurses (who are wonderful, but they're not me!, does that make sense?!?), being held by nurses, and that tomorrow we are going to go through the same emotions again. My husband has been wonderful - he's much stronger emotionally than I am but I can tell it's wearing on us both. I guess knowing (hoping) that she comes home by Sunday is what I keep thinking about in order to stay together.
Thank you for all of your responses to my original post!