Today we had a baby shower in the lobby outside of the NICU for the mom of Truitt’s room mate. Both of our babies were born on the same day, and it was wonderful to celebrate life and the progress both our sons have made in the last two and a half weeks. Life is precious. Life is God-given. Life is worth fighting for. Life should be celebrated. There is nothing like seeing a teeny tiny helpless baby to remind you of this! And having a baby shower in a NICU waiting room reminds you have how much you have to be grateful for.
They have continued to increase the size of Truitt’s feedings. Drinking from the bottle is pretty tiring for him, so he usually drinks almost half of it, and they have to tube feed him the rest. He did a little better nursing today, and the doctor said he can now be offered nursing a couple of times a day as long as he is awake enough. Being able to take his full feeding through the bottle efficiently is a requirement for going home.
They will not do another x-ray or blood test to check his direct bilirubin until Monday since the last ones showed improvement. We can now see creases on the tops of his knuckles, which shows that the skin is not so tight from the swelling. The palm side of his hands is still very tight and swollen, and though they don’t look as swollen now, the tissue on his shins is still very firm from fluid.
- He is getting stronger every day.
- He is taking about half his feedings through a bottle.
- The sores on his feet appear to be slowly healing.
- He can attempt nursing more often.
- That the swelling in his hands, feet, and shins would quickly go away completely.
- That he would grow strong enough to take his feedings through the bottle efficiently and without falling asleep.
- That no fluid would reaccumulate, and that whatever caused the hydrops to begin with would not return.