Our sweet Lil’Bean is 9 days old. He is close to his birth weight, today he weighed in at 4lbs and 13oz. His feedings have gradually increased about every other day. He is currently eating 50ml every three hours. I am still patiently hoping and waiting my milk supply will increase. Tonight I had a record pumping: 24.5ml. I almost have half of what he needs. I am sad to accept, but I probably will be supplementing with formula. But I am going to keep pumping in hopes that my body will learn how to produce enough milk for my little guy. He currently gets breast milk from a milk bank based out of Denver, as well as what ever I am able to produce.
On Monday we took Lil’Miss to the hospital to meet her little brother. I was thrilled with their first meeting. She was so excited to see her little brother in the isolette. The nurse on duty was so sweet to Lil’Miss. She had her sit in the big rolling nurse’s chair as she placed Lil’Bean in her arms. Lil’Misses face lit up and she just beamed. She was in awe of this little human in her arms. It was a very sweet moment. It went much better than I anticipated and I am grateful. I am glad she was able to finally meet him. She is still recovering from her cold, but is on the mend.
Also on Monday night the nurse informed us that he is doing great at maintaining his temperature. She projected that he might be able to move from his isolette to a crib sometime during her shift. I was excited to hear of his progress. It turns out that he had a hard time adjusting to the most recent temperature drop so we are holding off on changing him into a crib, just yet.
On Tuesday I talked with one of the neonatal doctors (I don’t think that is the official title though). For the first time I got a projection at to how long they think he might be in the NICU. The doctor is very pleased with Lil’Beans progress and how he has been able to maintains his vitals. He said he might be coming home as soon as this weekend, and it is very likely he will be home by Thanksgiving. I am hopeful, but I am not crossing that bridge until we get there. There are some things he still needs master before we get to that point. Ex: eating, he is still on a feeding tube and maintaining his temperature.
When we do get him home, we are going to have to hike up the thermostat. We keep it really cool in our house and with this new bitty one, we are going to have to keep it warmer. We drop it as low as 65 degrees at night. I overheard one of the nurses tell the family in the area next to ours that they should keep the temperature at 72 degrees when they take their baby home. It is going to be a cozy winter at our house.
Yesterday I got to give Lil’Bean a bath. He was so wiggly and so sweet. He attempted to pull out his feeding tube twice within a few minutes and nearly succeeded. The nurse had to gently push it back down his nose. He didn’t like that at all! Can you blame him!! The poor little guy can’t stand the tape that holds is below his nose. When he isn’t tightly swaddled, that is the first place his hands go, to pull at the tape holding his tube.
Since Monday I have been able to go to 2-3 of his feedings per day. Half the time he is super sleepy, and it takes a lot of work to get him to feed at the breast. The other half of the time he is alert and looks around. It is so sweet to see him looking around and reacting to the noises in his environment.
Every once and a while when I am at home, I smell his sweet baby scent. I long and look forward to seeing him each day. What a special little guy! I feel so blessed to have him join our family.