Back on Canula!
CURRENT WEIGHT: 2 LBS, 12.9 OUNCES
CURRENT LENGTH: 14.75 INCHES
As of 6 a.m. this morning, Truman is back on nasal canula! He's had one Apnea/Brady episode since he was upgraded, but there is discussion this time about upping his caffeine dosage to aid with the canula. Although we're not quite sure he's big enough for canula, he definitely is tired of the nose prongs. In recent days, he has spent an increasing amount of time fighting them, pulling them out, and being generally agitated. Let's hope the graduation up to canula lasts longer this time!
Truman is handling the work of maintaining his own temperature quite well, although being dressed and undressed is no easy feat. NICU-designed clothing makes it a lot easier, i.e. nothing gets pulled over his head and everything opens up flat for ease of access, but he still does a lot of wriggling during the process. Thanks again to the folks at places like Chicken Little Preemie who actually make clothes for babies this small.
We continue to be frustrated with the pace of his growth. He is up to 2lbs, 13 ounces (almost). But, we looked back at our journal and realized that he has only grown 12 ounces this month. He also grew 12 ounces during his first month of life, but most of that growth was compressed into a couple of weeks because he didn't grow during his gut issues. The idea of a Thanksgiving homecoming is no longer viable unless he gets some miracle growth spurt. Now, we are hoping for Christmas, which is actually three weeks after his due date.
We discovered this weekend that Truman is not a born Longhorn as Mom would hope. On Sunday afternoon, we brought up the new Halloween receiving blanket that Grandmomy made for the top of his isolette. When we removed the blue one and replaced it with orange, Truman looked around at it for a few seconds and took it all in before beginning to scream. So, we put a white blanket under it to temper the orange and that seemed to please him. Maybe he was just telling us that it needs to be burnt orange (rather than bright, Halloween orange) to be his true color.