Teeny Tiny Truman

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

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Double his birth weight!


Truman now weighs 2 lbs, 8.5 ounces, officially doubling (and then some) his birth weight of 1 lb, 4 ounces.

He was having a little trouble with the increased milk volume and was having some Brady/Apnea episodes during feeds, so the the time on the pump that delivers his breast milk was increased to an hour. That seems to have mostly done the trick. They think his tummy was getting too full too fast and squashing his lungs a little.

In case you were wondering exactly how food is delivered, there is a little plastic tube that he swallows (you can see it in all face pictures). Initially, the milk was simply injected into the tube and went straight to his tummy. Now, the syringe full of milk is set on a pump, while injects it into the tube slowly over the course of an hour. The pump is not attached to his body, and the tube is simply swallowed. Lately, he has learned to gag if the feeding tube is removed and a new one inserted.

In two to three weeks, we will begin teaching him to bottle feed. Once he gets the hang of that, we will begin learning to breast feed.

--Kara

22 Comments:

Blogger Mommeee said...

It just gave me chills today when I read how well Truman is doing. Keep up the good work, little one. I'll keep you in my prayers.

10:47 AM  
Anonymous Mindy Ryan said...

I'm so happy to hear of Truman's amazing progress. His strong spirit continues to persevere! Take care.

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Erin said...

Hi, I just finished reading this blog...wow. You guys are amazing and little Truman if a miracle! And very beautiful. He is in my thoughts and prayers, I can't wait to read one day that he is going home!

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It truly makes my day to hear how well this amazing little baby is doing! Way to go!

Kathleen
Dec. '06 EC

4:20 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Great news! Breast feeding a baby who is on nasal cannula can be a bit tricky but is not impossible. When that time comes, have a lactation consultant advise you bit. My former micropreemie had trouble latching due to the cannula being in her way. Just a little advice from someone who has been there. Take it or leave it, but congrats on keeping up with the pumping!

4:42 PM  
Anonymous changa0429 said...

I am just so glad that Truman is doing so well. Be sure to take lots of pictures for yourselves, you'll never believe he was ever that small in a few months!
hugs,
Candace from IV Preemie (mom to 31-weeker)

8:27 PM  
Blogger Sienna Panice said...

It just fills my heart to read about Truman's progress with each posting! He is truly beating the odds. Before you know it, you'll be typing the post about his homecoming. God Bless!

Melody

8:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go Truman!!!! You give me such hope for my little guy. I now understand what your Momma means about kangaroo care -- it is awsome!!!! Keep eating and try not to have too many brady's.
Prayers,
Angela
Ivillage Dec 06
Zachy's Momma born at 27weeks 2days

9:10 PM  
Blogger Maggie (Sarah's mom) said...

I'm so happy to hear that Truman is getting so big! This is when you start seeing their little butt starting to fill out those wrinkles! (LOL - at least that's how it was with Sarah).

Grow Truman grow!

9:54 PM  
Blogger Sue and Eddie Hammons said...

What a fantastic picture!I have so many people asking how Truman is doing--I guess I've talked about him to everyone. Today was the Avalanche Journal's Time for Women and I had people coming by our booth who asked about him.
I just know he will be just fine--first thing you know, he'll be another Star Wars fan! We continue to keep your precious gift from God in our prayers.

Love-Sue and Eddie Hammons

1:33 AM  
Blogger christmasfairy said...

OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGg
He is abs gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ive been following your story from the begining and its made me cry more than a few times im so pleased and that photo is abs fantastic , give him a big munch from me
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

4:23 AM  
Anonymous Lisa Riel said...

Truman is so adorable. What a cutie!!! He is smiling in the picture and looks so happy. I am so glad to see that he is doing so well and gives me hope for my little Blake born 9/2 at 24 weeks.
Thumbs up to Truman,
The Riel's

7:55 AM  
Anonymous Charlisa said...

How beautiful!! Thank you, God, for the miracle of Truman who is touching so many lives!

8:16 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

what a sweet picture, he is so handsome. I am so happy to hear how wonderful Truman is doing. We continue to pray for your family

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Karen said...

I keep up with you guys and check on Truman every few days. I am friends with Lucinda and found out all about you guys and was touched by your story!!! I am the proud aunt of 3 children who were preemies that weighed in at 1 lb. 5 oz, 2 lbs. 5 oz., and 3 lbs at birth. They are all healthy & smart children who I am proud to know and love!! Truman is a spectacular blessing who shows his strength more and more each day!!Keep up the good fight!!
Karen

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Erin C said...

Hi Ben & Kara--
Truman looks fantastic! I'm so pleased to hear of all his improvements lately! I think of you all often and continue to send best wishes your way. Thanks for keeping us all up to date.

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! What a true miracle Truman is.

Amazing. Amazing. Amazing.

He is beautiful!

10:29 AM  
Blogger FFF said...

He's doing so well! I am sure you are thrilled to hold him without all the tubes. Way to go big guy!

10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great picture!!! His smile is precious. We are continue to pray for each of you. I hope you are able to rest more.
Blessings,
Jamie and Jennifer

12:47 PM  
Blogger Ostertag Family said...

I have been watching your blog since he was born - And I am so happy to see that Truman is doing so well. He is getting so BIG! What a true blessing baby he is. thank you for being able to put into words how you guys are doing and his progress. Can't wait for the day when he gets to go home!

Kristen
BBC Nov 06

1:00 PM  
Blogger Ostertag Family said...

I have been watching your blog since he was born - And I am so happy to see that Truman is doing so well. He is getting so BIG! What a true blessing baby he is. thank you for being able to put into words how you guys are doing and his progress. Can't wait for the day when he gets to go home!

Kristen
BBC Nov 06

1:00 PM  
Blogger Elsa said...

He is the most beautiful baby!!!

3:30 PM  

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