Wow, this is like a roller coaster ride.
Things are getting brighter around here. I’m catching up on my sleep, which is really helping my coping mechanisms. My recovery pain is quickly subsiding. I even poured some wines for an account yesterday.
Ash is doing so well! He’s averaging between 25 and 55 cc’s per feeding by bottle. 55 is his total feed, and he’s now taking that full feed about twice a day. As the nurses say, the light is coming on. He’s more alert, and is starting to show us his personality. He’s extremely easy-going, and I’m hoping that continues for a while. For now, his eyes are big and blue. He’s now 5 lb, 11 oz, and is gaining an ounce to two ounces every day! If he keeps growing like this, the preemie diapers Mom got him won’t fit him when he comes home! Oh no!!
As much as I would love to breastfeed at every feeding, one of the nurses confided that the “golden ticket” out of the NICU is the bottle. The docs like to see numbers, and you can’t measure cc’s while breastfeeding. So we’re focusing on the bottle for now.
The other day, the doctor estimated about a week and a half before he goes home. We can handle that.
And the neighbor I wrote about last time? She got to go home yesterday. Yay!