Update: Friday, August 25
Truman tolerated his first two feeds yesterday, but didn't take the third one very well, so he is back off breastmilk at the moment. I talked to Nurse Lisa (our favorite) and his nutritionist today who said that they are going to hold until he gets his digestive tract on track. He had a small stool early this morning and then one when I changed his diaper at noon, but both were consistent with processing breast milk, meaning the meconium still hasn't passed.
But then, (I attribute all the rest of the post to my motherly pep talk), about 12:30 or so as we got to an exciting part of "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," Truman got very angry and cried as hard as I have ever seen him. We're talking an actual quivering lower lip. He even pushed his boundaries completely out of the way with such force to unwrap even the side of them and arched his back -- his sign of being unhappy over a wet diaper. So, I checked his diaper and what did I see -- some very unfortunate, black sludge. He was passing the meconium right before my eyes! For the next hour, he continued to have intermittent periods of comfort (he was going to town on his pacifier) and periods of extreme agitation with lots of kicking and back-arching. I have faith that digestive success is at hand this afternoon. Keep your fingers crossed!
In other news, he still weighs 1 lb, 7 ounces and his O2 levels and blood gases are looking good.