Feeding and Growing

This evening, as the night attending went on rounds, the stop at our bedside was pleasantly uneventful. One of our regular Fellows introduced “Mr. Ben”, someone mentioned that his picc line was pulled (again… sigh), Fellow said they weren’t going to replace it- just make due with a PIV (peripheral IV line) until the course of his anti-fungal medication is over. And then they were gone! Yes, we have made it officially into “boring” territory …at least until we find out about how his eyes are doing.

Right now, all Benjamin’s energy is going into gaining weight and practicing for his great NICU escape. He’s been officially trialing off of CPAP for 2 hours a shift, but they have been letting him stay off as long as he’s doing well. I think his record thus far has been 12 hours off of CPAP! He’s working on figuring out the bottle, and takes at least one a day. He takes 40 ml a feeding per bottle, which is about 1.35 oz. He’s been regulating his temperature well and loves his crib, as do we. It’s so fun having real access to him- being able to touch or hold him whenever we want, without the isolette separating us. Today he even had his CPAP tape and velcro moustache off for a little while!

So, here’s a dose of the cuteness (though I admit I am highly biased).

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8 thoughts on “Feeding and Growing

  1. Gah! I need to see the little guy again soon! He’s all grown up!

  2. Hooray for mundane!

  3. What a great little fellow. I can’t believe how fast he is changing. Each day he’s so much bigger and brighter then the day before. Thanks so much for all the pictures. It helps so feel so much closer to him.

  4. i detect a smile in picture #7 🙂

  5. #7 is my new favorite picture. That smile is priceless.

  6. I cried reading this post. YAY for boring territory!!!! Keep going Ben!!

  7. Love all the new photos! He looks so happy to be tapeless! Yay ❤

    • Wow…100 days. Holy cow. He looks AMAZING without that tape on his face and has the most beautiful smile in the world. I LOVE the fact that you guys are thinking about NICU escapes. Go, Ben, go! It would be wonderful to get him home with you guys before Amy goes back to work next year and it sure sounds like he’s heading in that direction. Fingers (and toes) crossed that the wonder drug will do it’s job. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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