Progress Report: Friday, August 18
Truman was much more stable today with his oxygen and blood pressure. He had some residual breast milk in his tummy today so feeds were stopped for Friday to give him a break and time to pass through everything that was already in his system. Feeds were supposed to start again on Saturday morning. We don't have any results yet on Thursday's blood cultures.
He was sleeping on his tummy for part of today. Although it was hard to get him into that position, he seemed to really like it once he was there. (He likes to squirm, particularly when being repositioned.) I got a chance to see more of his hair. It looks like it's probably a bit wavy with the classic Altenbaumer cowlick on the front. Although I think his hair is blond, Ben thinks it might be strawberry blond. I guess we'll have to wait and see when he's not so pink.
At one point today while I had my hand on his back, he breathed nice, shallow breaths for probably a minute. So, he's learning! He also had his first pacifier today. He likes to suck on his tubes, but Nurse Lisa said he needs to learn to suck without thrusting his tongue. So, she held a little pacifier in place for five or ten minutes. He tried to suck for a while and seemed to like it, but kept pushing it out.
Friday was also the first day that we read to him. He went through several story books. Ben thinks he responds physically to my voice now.