Eating & Gaining Weight
Truman has been a very good boy today. He passed another small stool this morning, so breast milk was started again at noon. They are trying a new feeding protocol to try to keep him moving (they think he still hasn't passed everything). Instead of 1CC every four hours, they are going to feed him 2CCs every six hours. The thought is that maybe a greater volume of food with more time to digest might help. We'll find out at 6 p.m. how he did.
He also has now been off his blood pressure medication (Dopamine) for more than 24 hours and is keeping his pressure up quite well. He was also on room air or within five percent or so during my whole mid-day visit.
Nurse Bev said he's developed quite a repuation in NICU for being a feisty baby and for being one who does not like a wet diaper. His kidneys work so well that they moved up to a bigger, more absorbent diaper even though it's huge on him. She said that's a really good sign that he's showing some personality at this stage.
Bev also said he has filled out some since she saw him a week ago. I've been thinking that the last couple of days, but I thought I must be crazy and just getting more used to seeing such a tiny baby. She assured me he's not quite so skinny as he was at birth. It could be because he gained an ounce and a half yesterday!! He's now up to 1 pound, 7 ounces. Hopefully, he can stay on the feeds this time and accelerate that growth.