Teeny Tiny Truman

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

Friday, October 20, 2006

Three Pounds and Then Some!


Truman had his biggest weight gain ever yesterday -- 53 grams. That's almost two ounces. Way to go, little man, for the big push past three pounds. His nutritionist came by today and said that his average weight gain is now 19 grams per day. The goal is 15 to 20, so he's doing great now. His first set of onesies are almost too small. I feel so fortunate to get to complain that he only wore them for a week before starting to outgrow them. He can outgrow his clothes everyday, and it would be OK by us.

The flow on his canula was weaned back again today to .5 liters. He remains on room air to 30 percent most of the time.

His feeds were increased to 27 ccs per feed, or 6.75 ounces a day. Truman and Mom had another great breastfeeding session today with the consultant. He's doing great with suck-swallow-breathe coordination and can even be heard gulping. He breastfed for about 20 minutes or so. It's been really special to feel like a real Mom. We're still having a little trouble with the burping afterwards. I'm not sure if the problem is Mom or Truman, but we'll keep working. He had a pretty big Brady about 15 minutes after his breastfeeding session. Nurse Glynnis thought it might be that he was trying to burp, so we decided to cuddle him more upright after feeds. The lactation consultant said he was doing really well with other developmental signs during breastfeeding like opening and closing his fists, reaching out and touching Mom and his own face during feeding. He also seems to really enjoy it and respond to the cues to drink more from Mom.



Anonymous tiffani said...

Oh my goodness, how wonderful! Over 3 pounds, outgrowing his clothes AND breastfeeding! WOOHOO! Congrats! I know how ecstatic you must be!

6:59 PM  
Anonymous jen from Nov moms said...

I am so happy to hear that he is gaining and breastfeeding so well! Hopefully the breast milk will fatten him up in no time and make him nice and strong.

7:16 PM  
Anonymous Expecting in February said...

I've been watching Truman's progress since the very beginning and I am so happy for you and your family. He is really pushing through adversity - a true testament to the spirit of your little guy. I check in just about every day, and so look forward to the day that I read that you are finally taking your big boy home. You are an inspiration to all, but especially to those of us who are expecting babies of our own... You give us so much hope! Thank you!

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOO HOO!! Way to go Truman!!! What a big boy you are growing to be!! Keep it up.
Tell your mommy and daddy it's time for a new photo of your cute little self!

Mindy\Jan07 boards

9:07 PM  
Anonymous Sara said...

Keep up the great work Mom and Truman! Great work both of you- keep growing, growing, growing- you'll all be home together before you know it!

10:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW, this is SUCH great news!!!!!!!


12:26 AM  
Blogger Ostertag Family said...

Kara I am so excited for you! Wow. Breastfeeding is a true blessing and connection. I am so glad to hear how well you both are doing. CONGRATS!

4:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is amazing!!! I can only imagine how wonderful it must feel to be able to sit and nurse your sweet boy. Truman is a tough little cookie and a true inspiration to all of us Dec EC moms - WAY TO GO little man!

EDD 12/8/06

12:33 PM  
Anonymous Pearl said...

this is all such wonderful news!! Breastfeeding is hard enough when then baby is full term and no other complications, but Truman just seems determined to keep getting bigger and better every day!! Lots of prayers for your family and prayers for Truman to be home by the holidays.

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love reading the wonderful news on this blog about Truman! He seems to just be beating all odds!

Congrats on the weight gain, and the breastfeeding!

1:03 PM  
Anonymous Jason and Kerri said...

Yeah Truman!
One more pound and you can fit into your car seat and blow that popsicle stand! Yeah for Mom, too and the miraculous power of breastmilk!! Keep up the great work you guys!!
Love, Kerri

2:33 PM  
Blogger Brian and Heather Tankersley said...

WAY TO GO!!! Truman and mommy! Breastfeeding is sometimes the hardest thing about motherhood- but the most worth while things come from hard work! He is making fabulous progress and the pictures look great. He keeps this up and you guys will be back on track for Thanksgiving homecoming! All our love!

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Truman,

We're checking on you every day from London in the UK. I was early too (not quite so early as you though) and I'm now nearly two and weigh 25lbs. It took me a while to gain weight too but you can do it! We're all so excited to see your progress - keep going. We can't wait for the update that says you're going home :-)

Best wishes from Jack (20 months) and his Mom and Dad

3:35 AM  
Anonymous Shea from jan07 board said...

I just read your entire blog from the beginning and it is such an inspirational story. I am so happy to hear that you have made so much progress and starting to breastfeed. Keep up the good work! Congrats!

7:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, that is such wonderful news! I am a mommy to a 5 month old 28 weeker who is over 13lbs now. :-) I cannot tell you how delighted I am to hear that Truman is doing so great! I honestly have chills reading about him breastfeeding and gaining weight!! Learning to eat can be the biggest challenge and the longest part of the NICU stay. I am so happy to hear you guys are off to such a good start. He will be home before you know it!!

11:30 AM  

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