Teeny Tiny Truman

This page is all about Truman, born Aug. 8, 2006 to Kara and Ben.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Almost 3 Pounds!

Current Weight: 2LBS, 15.6 OUNCES

Truman is 10 grams shy of 3 pounds! He gained a whopping 31 grams yesterday (an ounce is about 30 grams). We're hoping he makes the big leap today.

Truman and Mom had a big milestone -- our first attempt at breastfeeding. Up to this point, Truman has been fed with a tube running down his throat into his tummy. Yesterday was the first time he had any liquid in his mouth. It's easier for these little ones to learn to eat orally at the breast rather than by bottle, so his first little try was last night. The session went OK. He seemed to realize that there was something that he liked the taste of and got latched on a few times and got a little milk. He tried for about five minutes before he decided to have a Brady/Apnea spell. I guess he doesn't quite have the "breathe" part of suck-swallow-breathe down. Overall, I think the session was successful because he got a latch and got a little milk without choking or getting fussy. We'll try again today with a lactation consultant. The breastfeeding sessions won't replace any of his scheduled feeds until much later when he gets the hang of things, but we're still enjoying trying.

He was weaned this morning from 1 liter of air flow on his canula to .8 so his respiration improves every day. He's still primarily on room air. He has some desat spells, but he usually self corrects and most are related to feeding.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know we are all strangers to you- but I follow Truman's progress every day- We all wish you the best and Truman is looking wonderful!


11:58 AM  
Anonymous Sara said...

Wow! What a wonderful milestone- beginning to breastfeed-even if only recreationally is still amazing! Congratulations to you both! I am still amazed by how much these little ones master so quickly- I hope that the joy of seeing it never wears off. Thank you so much for sharing your victories with us-even though we don't know you and you don't know us- know that you have so many people rooting for you all! Take Care and have a great day! Sara

1:00 PM  
Blogger Dupree said...

Good for you for trying to breastfeed! I remember how hard it was at the beginning for a full term baby. Hang in there and keep trying.

I love reading about Truman everyday.

1:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reading about Truman brightens my day! He is such a true miracle. Thank you for sharing him with us all. Congratulations on the breastfeeding...Keep up the good work Truman!!!!!


1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, that is so so awesome that you are able to begin learning to breastfeed! As a Mommy of one, and one on the way, I know that breastfeeding is one of the most special bonds baby and mommy get to share so cherish every moment!!! I am so happy to hear how well he is doing!

Shawnee (babycenter member)

2:03 PM  
Blogger FFF said...

Wow! That's wonderful news! And even full term babies have a hard time with suck swallow breathe thing. Truman is doing great!

9:20 AM  

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