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Monday, March 16, 2009

3 months old...

Happy 3-Month Birthday!
7 pounds, 10.5 ounces
18.75" long
(I think he's longer than that... we're gonna re-measure tonight.)

UPDATE (as of 8pm):
7 pounds, 13 ounces
19" long

You've come a long way, baby!

Today feels like Spring... sun is shining, birds are singing, breezes are blowing, neighbor girl is screeching (I really hoped she would have outgrown that over the winter - makes it hard to enjoy having the windows open!).

Spring is when we were planning on having a new baby at home with us (Wednesday, March 18th, is Connor's due date). He's 91 days old today... that's about 89 days too many of visiting him in the hospital.

We're making progress, slowly but surely...

Connor's up to 45 ml at each of his 6 feedings per day (typically increasing by 5 ml for each feed every day), and is now bottle feeding 3 of those times - 12pm, 8pm, & 4am. At each bottle feed, he's not yet able to take the full feed by mouth, so they have to finish his volume with his NG tube, the same way he's fed for his other 3 feeds. His mouth feeds are still being thickened, but that might be discontinued as early as Wednesday. There's some chatter about repeating his video swallow study, but as far as we're concerned, it's not happening again unless he absolutely needs it.

He's quickly being weaned from his IV nutrition... once that's gone, they'll be able to remove his PICC line. He'll probably finish with it about the same time he switches from breast milk to formula.

Connor's still desatting a little, but he's hardly receiving any oxygen - just flow. Not sure how much longer they'll keep him on the nasal cannula. His desats are usually directly related to his mood - ie. when he's upset... just like any other baby.

Friday, Connor had another eye exam... and won't have to be tortured for another TWO MONTHS! Yay! His ophthalmologist liked what he saw - good growth, no retinal detachment - and won't need to follow-up with him until he's out of the hospital.

Connor's size is about right on for his adjusted gestational age (which this week is the same as a newborn). We're pretty proud of our little guy growing so well, especially with everything he's been through!

For the most part, he's able to be stimulated as much as any 3-month old can tolerate, but developmental milestones will likely be adjusted down until he's 6 months old. He's able to track and follow his mobile like a champ now. Observe:

We've had several casual conversations with his nurses lately about how much longer... what could he possibly go home on (some of his medications, oxygen, even NG feeds). We've let his nurses know that the extraneous stuff Connor might come home on doesn't intimidate us - we're willing to do what we have to do. Pretty much, he needs to be able to tolerate a full feed (somewhere around 70 ml) before discharge. Once Connor reaches a point that there's nothing more they can do for him in the NICU, that we couldn't do for him ourselves, he'll be able to come home.

Tomorrow is our scheduled Family Conference. We're hoping there's a serious discussion begun regarding his discharge plan, or else we'll be initiating it!

I think he's going to have long eyelashes like his daddy - March 12, 2009

Learning to stare - March 15, 2009

Connor & Mommy - March 12, 2009

Entertained by Daddy - March 15, 2009

Patiently enduring another assessment - March 13, 2009

Bottle feeding makes me tired! - March 13, 2009

Growing too big for his britches!
One of the few preemie outfits we've had Connor wearing
that would accomodate his PICC line and various wires/tubes.
(Thanks, Aunt Sharon!) - March 13, 2009

A couple of times a week, his nighttime nurses snap cute photos of him and leave them at his bedside for us the next morning. It's so hard being away from him at night, but we appreciate them trying to capture his cuteness for us when we can't be there. (Please pardon the image quality... scanner's still not working, so these are pictures of pictures.)

Here's our Connor Photo Gallery, as taken by his nurses. We're running out of reachable space on these cupboards, so he better be on his way home soon!


KrisRogMacK said...

I was watching the video with Maddy and I was telling her "that's your cousin Connor!" and she pointed and starting giving him kisses (making her kissing noise)! She loves her baby cousin!

Nate and Kelly said...

chubby cheeks rule. so happy to hear he's doing so well.

tiburon said...

The pics are so great! He is getting so big. I am loving those cheeks :)

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