Friday, May 29, 2009

We're movin' in!

Adam seems to struggle with consistently taking a bottle due to the rotation of nursing staff. Some don't know that it is his personality to be laid back while eating. Or they don't give him focused attention. The location of the slit in the custom-modified nipple is key, as well. If it is horizontal, it closes when he sucks and he wears himself out and gets nothing. He needs 8 feedings in a row getting at least 35mL of his 35-45mL range in order to have his feeding tube removed and give his car seat test a go. And he needs 16 in order to be discharged. So this morning Shannon and I decided that we are going to commit to being at the NICU to feed him as much as possible. We have to learn how to feed him in the long run anyway. Maybe he just wanted more time with mom and dad. You should have seen him look at me tonight as we talked. I think that is the most alert and wide-eyed he has been in a while.

So Shannon took the 11:30am and 2:30pm shift, accomplishing 41mL at the latter and starting a trend that we will see if we can continue. I came on for the 5:30pm and he took 41 again. As we speak, I am sitting in the wonderful (?) St. Francis cafeteria munching on cold fries and a cheeseburger that would be better if it wasn't the end of day product. But the turtle cheesecake on my tray is going to make it worth it. I'll do a little work and then stick around for the 8:30 feeding and we'll go from there. After a last minute phone call, my mom hopped in the car to come down and help with Sara duties for the weekend so Shannon and I can nap from time to time as we trade places and babies.

We may be crazy and wear ourselves out but it will be worth it in the end if we can get him home in a few days. If he's not ready, then he's not. But we want to do everything we can to unite the family if he is ready. Short-term commitment for a long-term pay off, right? Now for that cheesecake...

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