Archive for July, 2007

Continued Improvement

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

    Yesterday was sort of a down day for IC.  He lost 3 grams, which is not a lot, but every day he doesn’t gain weight he falls behind.  Also, he is beginning to have an accelerated heart rate randomly throughout the day.  The last time this happened it was found to be related to his breathing treatments but the doctors have not yet pinpointed what the problem could be.  On the plus side, the doctors discontinued IC’s zithromax which was being given to reduce inflammation of the lungs.  He does continue to have nebulizer treatments once a day for the same reason.  I don’t know how long these will continue or if they will stop once we come home. 

    Today, on the other hand, he weighs 3 lb 3.6oz which is more than an ounce greater than yesterday.  He must be making up for yesterday.  He is also beginning to take to the bottle.  He was wide awake for an hour yesterday.  During this time he was so hungry that he ate 19ml from the bottle.  His total feeding is 24ml so he nearly took it all by mouth.  I hope that this is a trend we continue to see. 

    IC is beginning to make those adorable baby noises (grunting and so forth).  I was able to carry him back to a semi-private room for some cuddle time and this was quite possibly the highlight of my month.  Our every minute with him has been in the noisy and often crowded NICU.  It was so nice just to hold him and not hear monitors beeping, other babies crying and nurses rushing everywhere.  That was our first taste of freedom.

The 3 Pound Milestone

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

    Yes that’s right.  He made the jump up to 3 pounds today.  After his eventful day yesterday we anticipated a drop but he surprised us all this morning when he weighed in at 3lb. 0.4oz.  I can’t imagine what he would have weighed if they hadn’t taken blood and he hadn’t had a blow-out yesterday.  Daddy got to feed him from a bottle this morning for the first time.  He was really excited and IC took 7ml.  He has consistently taken  between 5 and 10ml from his bottle the past few days of feedings.  Hopefully that will increase as he continues to get stronger.  Big brother OD weighs in at a whopping 26lb.  We thought that he would never pass 25 but what can we say he’s just a little guy.

All Tuckered Out

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

Today was a busy day for IC. Even though he didn’t go anywhere he had several people visit him. Early this morning he got a visit from the eye doctor. The doctor said that everything looks fine with the exception of a couple of immature spots. I believe that these will correct themselves as he continues to grow and develop. Next IC decided it was time to keep his nurse busy for a while and so he had a “blow-out” diaper. The nurse had to change his clothes, bedding and taping in addition to his diaper. Just when he thought he was going to get some rest his physical therapist showed up and made him do his exercises. Then, when she was finished the nurse came back with a needle. She drew 4 viles of blood. By this point IC was so exhausted he didn’t even put up much of a fight. After all of this was over it was care time and mommy had to try to keep him awake long enough to convince him to eat from a bottle. That, of course, did not go over very well. He was asleep shortly after the first two minutes of his feeding.

Because of so much activity, I would not be surprised to find out that he weighs less tomorrow than he did today. Today he was 2lb 14.6oz. We will just have to wait until tomorrow to find out.

Officially One Month Old

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

     Today is IC’s one month birthday.  He continues to do well and is slowly gaining more weight.  He is 2lb 13.9 oz.  We are continuing to give him one opportunity per day to eat from a bottle.  He has some days that he is willing to try but others he just closes his mouth and eyes and pretends to be asleep.  It is really exhausting work for him when he does try.  He pants to catch his breath after each successful swallow.  He has grown very fond of his pacifier since developing his rooting reflex.  Every time I visit before a meal he is wide awake enjoying his paci.  Then we switch from paci to bottle and he makes the funniest faces when he sucks on the bottle and gets formula.

    OD is currently crawling around on the floor with a book open on his back.  He keeps saying “I have a shell”.  I guess that means that he thinks he is a turtle.  He has a wonderful imagination.

4 weeks old

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

It has been a few days but here we go. IC has had several changes lately. On Friday when I went to see him his nasal canula was gone. This was only a trial and we were warned that it might have to come back if IC had trouble keeping his breathing steady. As of today, he is still breathing on his own and looks much better without anything on his face except the NG (feeding tube). He is doing his best to let us know that he wants rid of the wires. He has pulled his feeding tube out numerous times. Once he even pulled it out during a feeding and oh my what a mess. Because of this I was greeted on Saturday with the news that IC was ready to begin learning how to eat from a bottle. This will be a slow process until he gets bigger and is able to suck and breathe in the correct order. He weighs 2lb 12.9 oz and is stealing our hearts with his smiles. More to come later.

With A Little Help

Friday, July 20th, 2007

    Not a whole lot is new with IC right now.  He has had a lot of neighbor changes in his new environment.  A lot of babies come and go in a matter of days but it doesn’t seem to bother him as he just wants to sleep.  Today he weighs in at 2lb. 11.9oz!  Yesterday he was 2lb. 10oz. so he is making pretty big leeps in weight gain at least they are big leaps for him.  The only down size is that it has been several days since he has had a bowel movement.  This will bring the weight down a little when he does decide to go but he steadily continues to grow.  At this rate of growth he may reach 3 lb. in another week.  According to all the charts a baby of his gestation (32 weeks) in utero should be nearing 4 lbs.  So he has a little catching up to do. 
   
    He is holding steady at .1 on his nasal canula while breathing room air.  He requires a little oxygen assistance toward the end of his feedings because of reflux but we are hopeful that he will grow out of this in the next few weeks.  However, there is a slight possibility that he will not.  He continues to take medication to control the reflux and has had few spit ups since being put on the medication.  He is also still sleeping on a wedge to help keep his head inclined.  The only words we got from the doctor yesterday were “he just needs to grow” and so our lesson in patience continues.  God continues to affirm that he is in control and our precious baby is in his hands.

    OD is much the same today as well.  He never ceases to amuse us.  Yesterday, Daddy was rushing around getting ready to leave to see IC and then head off to work.  As daddy opened the door to leave OD said “Daddy, you got you wallet and you phone?” (The two things daddy must remember every morning before he leaves) Coincidentally, he had left his phone on his night stand.  OD is always proud to help out and it really makes him feel big when situations like this occur.

Day 23 and 24

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

    Well as of July 17th IC weighed in at 2lb 7.7oz. His oxygen started out around .7 and when I went to see him last night he was already down to .3.  Look at that hair!He was still responding to it very well and requiring only room air.  He still is getting breathing treatments but only on an as needed basis. 

    I arrived at the NICU just in time for his feeding last night so he was quite upset when I got there as he was hungry.  He is now eating 21ml of food per feeding.  We started our K-care time and he just couldn’t seem to get comfortable while being held.  He all but refused to lay his head down on my chest.  He loves to rest his head on his arms so I assumed that he just wanted to do that.  His heart rate and breathing were all over the place on the monitor because of his restlessness.  About 5 minutes later he settled down and began resting more comfortably.  The nurse came and readjusted him so that he could hear my heart beat.  After she left I suddenly realized why IC had been so restless.  It was obvious by the pungent odor that was now surrounding me that he had been struggling that whole time to have a bowel movement. By the way, after that he fell right to sleep for the rest of our time together.  At least until I changed his diaper.
   
    Based on previous experience with IC and large dirty diapers I assumed that today we would find that he had actually lost weight.  Upon visiting this morning Daddy reported that IC now weighs 2lb 8.4oz!  We have finally reached 2 and 1/2 pounds.  What is more exciting is that when Daddy went to do K-care this morning the nurse got special permission for him to hold IC swaddled in a blanket (just like a normal baby).  We were told that this would happen when he reached 1300 grams but since he is now 3 weeks old the doctors thought that it would be all right.

    OD had a great time out last night.  He went with daddy to play disc (frizbee) golf with a friend at a nearby park while I was with IC.  He (OD) continually asks questions about IC.  Every time we go for a visit he asks if he gets to go back and see his baby brother.  It breaks my heart to have to repeatedly tell him no but I am sure that it will not be long before we come home with IC and OD asks us to take him back to the hospital.  I don’t think he is really going to be ready to hear a baby cry in the middle of the night while he is sleeping.  OD is a smart kid but there is no way to get a two year old to understand the relationship between germs and preemies.

    We thank God daily for IC’s continued progress and the blessing of parenthood.  We would also like to thank you for your continued prayers and thoughts.

Moving Up

Monday, July 16th, 2007

    Well we can put another day on the books.  IC has been moved from his usual corner in the NICU.  He has now been moved up to what the nurses call the “beepy” area.  This area is more crowded and all of the babies are on monitors that require lots of attention so it is quite noisy.  He still gets a window seat so it doesn’t feel so squished.  That was the most exciting news of the day.

     We did our first double K-Care today.  Daddy spent a little time with him before work and I got to hold him around supper time.  He is weighing in at 2lbs 6oz. so we are pleased with that.  His oxygen has been turned down to .6 as of this evening.  His breathing is still pretty unstable when he gets moved and it takes him 15 minutes or so to settle  back into a good breathing pattern but he does eventually settle down.  His heart rate is much better today back down to 160’s.

    Daddy spoke too soon yesterday.  Last night around midnight I heard a loud thump in the baby monitor.  I went to OD’s room to see what it was and of course he had rolled out of bed.  He was still so sleepy he didn’t even cry.   I don’t think that he realized what had happened.  He has started  walking around this week with his hands cupped saying that he is holding IC because he is little.   It is cute. When IC comes home we are going to have to buy OD his own baby doll so he will have someone to hold until IC is less fragile

Still Growing

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

The picture is from his 3rd day in NICU.  He is holding my (Daddy’s) wedding ring. 

I went to see IC tonight and he is doing great.  He lost 2 grams (.2 ounces).  Not a setback, just a bump in the road.  They’ve increased his formula from 27 calories to 30 and he alternates formula and milk every other feeding.  Holding Daddy's wedding ringI’m sure he’ll grow a little tonight.  His heartbeat had settled since last night.  It was between 150 and 170 which is very good.  I did get to do K-Care.  He fell asleep after about 15 minutes.  He slept very comfortably.  His breathing treatments are on an as-needed basis because of his heartbeat mishap yesterday. 

OD has been doing very well with his big boy bed.  He hasn’t fallen out once this whole week.  He seems to sleep longer than he did with his toddler bed.  We went grocery shopping last night and he wanted to get out of the cart and “walk all be myself”.  So we told him the rules: don’t touch anything on the shelves and stay with Mommy and Daddy.  He did pretty good.  We had to put him back in the cart for a few minutes to remind him of the rules, but once we let him back down he did fine and we even got to see the fish.  It was a good day.

Kilogram Baby!! (actual weight 1.033 Kg)

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

A milestone has been reached! The gauntlet was laid down and he ran through it like a hot knife through butter. OK, maybe a cold Sleeping babyplastic knife through butter, but in the end the butter was cut. If you didn’t catch it in the title then let me use more exclamation points: He has broken the Kilogram barrier!!!!!!!!! For those who would rather not Google a metric converter 1.033Kg is equivalent to 2lbs. 4.5oz. Very exciting. Here are some things he is equivalent to: 9 quarter pounders (just the meat), two large bags of chips (and a grab bag), less than half a bag of sugar, a quarter of a bag of dog food, 77.43 times smaller than Daddy, XX.XX times smaller than Mommy (not gonna get myself in trouble!). He’s growing, but he’s still very small.

I did some one on one time with him this evening. He slept on my chest for an hour during his feeding. He still has a lot of wires for the breathing, heartbeat, and Oxygen saturation so it was difficult to hold him. His heartbeat was very high while I was there. They have been giving him breathing treatments and one side effect is accelerated heartbeat, but it should only last a half hour or so. This time his heart had been racing for 3 hours. Doc said he would stop the treatments if this continued. All in all it was still a good day. The 1Kg mark means we can do Kcare (lay him on our chest) twice a day. Keep praying for us. God has been very good to us and the many prayers that have been prayed for him have not gone unnoticed. We are thankful.