Lil’Bean is two weeks today. He has graduated from the isolette and is now in a “crib”. As long as he is able to maintain his body temperature he will get to stay in his crib.
Today he surpassed his birth weight by an ounce. We are headed in the right direction. Still the biggest mountain we need to overcome is learning how to eat. We introduced a bottle to him at the later part of last week. He is currently “eating” 60ml (2oz). Some feeds like this afternoon he only had enough energy to eat 9ml from the bottle, the rest was given to him through his NG tube. The most he has taken from the bottle is 45ml. Since it takes so much energy for him to bottle feed we are only giving him a bottle every other feeding.
Once he masters the bottle we may be headed home, as long as nothing else comes up. That seems to be our next big step. It may be as soon as this week, but we will have to wait and see. I am thinking it will take a bit longer, but who knows maybe Lil’Bean will surprise us.
His crib mate across the room went home today. She had been in the NICU for over a month and weighs just a bit more than he does. I listened to the nurse as she was briefing the parents with all of the exit paperwork. The parents were really excited to be taking their baby home.
There is a mom on the other side of the wall from Lil’Bean that I have become friends with. Her son is itty bitty. He was born at 26-27 gestation. Currently he weighs around 2 ½lbs, and he is 5 weeks old. It is absolutely amazing how medical miracles take place everyday.
This mom gave birth to twins and today she informed me that the twin died at four days old. She told me his death may have even been the hospitals fault. An IV was not placed properly and surrounded his heart with fluid. She seems to be coping pretty well for going through so much in her bitty babies lives.
Her baby looks perfect, just teeny-tiny. His mom can’t wait for him to grow big enough to fit into preemie clothing. He fights and struggles for life every day, setting off his monitors making the nurses run each time they hear the beeping. I am so blessed to have a healthy little guy, who will make it out of the NICU in the near future. This mommy has a long stay ahead still. It is nice to have a mom friend at the hospital. We only talk in passing, usually between our kiddo’s feeds, but I am grateful for her friendliness.
Today I had my two week follow up with my OB. Generally they only do six week follow ups, but when you have a preemie, they want to make sure you aren’t struggling with postpartum depression, since having a baby in the NICU can bring on a lot of stress and depression. Thankfully I am doing well for now! It may be another story once I get Lil’Bean home and lacking sleep and juggling two little ones at home. I did discuss with the OB my troubles with milk supply and she suggested trying a few things, one of them being trying out Mothers Milk Tea, an herbal tea that is supposed to help with lactation. I ran right to the store. I even shared some with my NICU mom friend who also has milk issues. I have already been able to pump more, so maybe it will help some!
Happy Two Weeks Lil’Bean!