As if you hadn’t heard enough from us lately, here’s more. Liz wanted me to post this video clip of Michael. Typical of little babies, he’s pretty boring.
Michael is officially out of the incubator. He only needed the gavage tube for one feeding in the middle of the night. If he can eat all of his feedings on his own tonight then he should be coming home Tuesday!
Peter and I had a nice day together at the hospital and Peter enjoyed being able to really sit and hold his new son. We’re thankful that our family is all well and over the colds and flu bugs that were hanging around last week.
Thank you for all your prayers and encouraging comments. It has been wonderful knowing … Read the rest
Michael is being weaned out of the incubator and should be in an open crib by tomorrow! He has been keeping his body temperatures steady and still putting on weight the last three days.
For the last 24 hours he has been having some bottles. He only needed a little bit topped off through the gavage tube. The doctor predicts he should be able to feed himself orally for all feedings in the next couple of days.
When Michael A) can get all of his calories by mouth for 24 hours, and B) can keep his temperature steady in an … Read the rest
Peter and the kids showed up for a little while to see Michael last night before going to their TaeKwon-Do class. Being a very hands-on dad, Peter volunteered to change Michael’s diaper and proceeded to get exploded on. Ten points for Michael!
- He’s still cute
- Around his feeding times he has been more wakeful
- He poops a lot
- He likes to nurse (he does NOT like the burping process)
- He likes warm water pored on his head
I was able to give him his first bath yesterday; it’s been a while since I’ve done that. He did not … Read the rest
Yesterday the realization hit that Michael could be in the NICU quite a while longer; maybe as long as 2-3 weeks. The major hurdles have been met, but now he just needs more time to bake in the incubator while he develops his strength; a job that would have been much easier had he just decided to stay put a couple of weeks more before making his grand entrance.
Although he knows how to nurse, his little body is by no means ready to do it around the clock so today the doctor suggested giving him a break and only … Read the rest
Not exactly the Ritz Carlton, but the hospital stay has been going just fine. Thankfully I did have two sets of underwear so I could hand wash one pair at night time and wear the others during the day. Scrubs make ultra comfy pajamas and are so stylish. And I think stringy, greasy hair that hasn’t been washed in five days is making a come back; just consider me a trend-setter. But just to keep me humble and not too comfortable with my established routine, I have a neighbor bringing me a bag packed with all of the important modern-day … Read the rest
OK… The bigger kids are both sick (Isaac with a fever and an overly hefty dose of high drama), Michael is in the NICU about 30 miles away, I’m still fighting a cold that is taking its time going away, Liz is at the hospital with Michael, and now we’ve got almost 18″ of fresh snow on top of the 2 feet we already had. I can barely get the back door open far enough to let the dog out, and then he has trouble finding a place to go… he’s an 80lb dog… I’m glad he’s not an ankle-biter. … Read the rest
- Michael has been off of the oxygen for over 24 hours
- The bili-lites have been turned off. His jaundice went way down.
- The IV was taken out of his head this morning. He is getting plenty of fluids from his regular feedings.
- He is able to rest better between feedings and continues to gain strength.
- He has started opening his eyes to look around when it is time to check his vitals and eat.
- It is so nice to see what he looks like without having his head covered in tubes, wires, and gauze.
I am doing well and enjoying … Read the rest