Update: Tuesday, October 17
CURRENT WEIGHT: 2 LBS, 14.8 OUNCES
Truman is still doing well on canula. He has had a few episodes in which his blood oxygen saturation gets a little low, but none of them have been severe yet. His caffeine dosage was increased to 8 milligrams to help keep him stimulated to breathe. Truman also seems a lot happier without the nose prongs, and doesn't fight and strain nearly to the same degree that he did before. While the canula is more work for him than the CPAP (he now has to open and close his lungs entirely rather than having them always partially inflated), he is without a doubt more comfortable now. He is doing better on the canula this time around, having already gone more than 40 hours (and on lower settings) than he did on his first try.
He is up to 26CCs on feeds and has gained 45 grams (about 1.5 oz) over the past two days. Woohoo! They also added 2 more calories of fortifier to his milk. And yes, we caved to the pressure and added a few pictures below for all of you to see.
Here you see Truman finally getting the chance to wear some clothes (courtesy of chickenlittlepreemie.com - thank you!). Pretty much anything you've ever seen in the newborn clothing section of a store is still far too big for him, but wearing clothes of any size is still good progress! What you see here is a specially tailored micropreemie outfit, and it does the job nicely. This photo was taken a few days ago, before Truman moved to the nasal canula.
Here, Truman finally gets the chance to meet his Grandmommy up close. Truman is now big enough to let his grandparents hold him if he's been swaddled up.
Truman and his mom during one of his kangaroo care sessions after he was moved to nasal canula. We try to do a couple hours of kangaroo care every night.
Here Truman is getting the chance to try out his "Wee Soothie" pacifier. Yes, it looks huge as it covers up half of his face, but it's still smaller than most pacifiers (although it's a little bigger than the "Wee Thumbie" that he's used a lot by now). This "Wee Soothie" still requires us to hold it in place for Truman most of the time, because it's a little too big for him to keep it there by himself. This pacifier is still smaller than the smallest bottle nipples used when bottle feeding.
--Ben & Kara