Teeny Tiny Truman

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

Tuesday, October 31, 2006


Our family's first Halloween together.

Mama's little Pumpkin.

Playing dress-up makes Truman tired.

Halloween orange doesn't really seem to be Truman's color, does it?

Truman managed to push off his stem. Whoops! Where'd that thing go?


Truman has now officially tripled his birth weight. He has slowed down the growth pace a little over the last week, but it's still above the goal most days. He must have been going through a growth spurt last week. His feeds were increased to 32CCs today, which is a little more than 8.5 ounces per day.

Truman had a couple of Bradys last night and another one after a relatively mediocre breastfeeding session this morning. It seems that he couldn't get a burp out. I think he was too tired to do much breastfeeding, which were reflected in his 02 levels while trying. I decided not to push him this morning. He's also still giving us signs that he's having some reflux issues.

Because of the Bradys and the hovering 02 levels, they decided to give Truman a blood transfusion today. He has an IV in his pretty little scalp again. We were told last night that Truman was next on the list to be transferred to the South Hall, or the feeder-grower unit. At that point, he was the most stable baby in the critical care nursery, but after last night's Brady episodes, he's no longer on the list for a move across the hall.

His ostomy bag had to be changed while I was there this morning. I got a look at the hernia that has developed above his stoma. It does not look good, but Sue assured me that it was pretty typical. It has caused additional intestine to be herniated out, so the stoma is growing in size, but it looks healthy, which is the thing to watch for. The hernia will be repaired when he has his bowel re-section before he comes home.

--Kara & Ben


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a sweetie! Happy Halloween, Truman!

12:54 PM  
Anonymous Truman's Aunt Amy said...

Awwwwwwwww!! How cute!!

Everyone in my office agrees that he's the most adorable pumpkin we've seen!

2:01 PM  
Anonymous Kim said...

What an adorable lil Pumpkin! So cute!! You watch - a little blood will perk him right up! Our preemie twin girls always did great after a transfusion! :) It's a great cure for those pesky bradys!

3:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!! That has to be the CUTEST little guy I have ever seen!!!

Happy Halloween Truman!!!

Shawnee (BBC)

3:31 PM  
Blogger Leigh said...

Hi Truman. Happy Halloween. I am one of mommys friends from Ivillage.com. Glad you are doing so well. Keep it up little man!!!


3:55 PM  
Anonymous Erin said...

He looks so adorable. He seems so much bigger from his last pictures! Happy Halloween Truman!

5:28 PM  
Blogger Maggie (Sarah's mom) said...

Happy 1st Halloween Truman! You are an adorable pumpkin! Where did you get that outfit? This is extra pressure on mom and dad next year since you need another cute outfit!

Kara - You have a beautiful family!

Maggie (IV Preemies)

7:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMGosh. That is the sweetest little pumpkin I have ever seen! Happy Halloween Truman!

8:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been following Mr. Truman's :-) story for quite some time and I just had to comment tonight! I began nursing school to be a nurse in the NICU and I have to say Truman is the cutest baby boy I've ever seen!!!!

12:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truman, keep up the great work. How scary but I hope the transfusion will do the trick.

What a cute pumpkin! Happy Halloween, Truman!

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Karen Sprole said...

oh my gosh, Truman is looking like quite the little boy now! Congratulations. He looks awesome. You guys look good, too. Mike, Erik and I are thinking of you. (and sorry the package was so late -- it was in my car for a couple of months, but I couldn't seem to make it to the PO while on maternity leave for some reason!!) Karen

9:03 PM  
Blogger FFF said...

what a cutie! you will have him home soon!

9:01 AM  

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