Teeny Tiny Truman

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

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Update: Tuesday, October 17


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


Anonymous Heather said...

3 lbs. is right around the corner! Go Truman go!

12:01 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

I'm so glad Little Truman is doing fabulous! I sat here and read your journal from beginning to end and he's such a little fighter. I'm glad he's doing great..KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK TRUMAN!! You make us all proud of you, you're a little trooper!!

Lots of Prayers and Love,
Mommy 2 Austin and Lil Ronny

2:41 PM  
Blogger Christy said...

Soon he's not going to fit into the micropreemie clothes!!!

Sounds like he's doing great. I'm still waiting to see those pics of him in clothes...I can't even imagine how tiny they must be!!

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Mia said...

Woo hoo Truman! You're doing so well! Sounds like you're pretty happy to have those things out of your teeny tiny nose.

Glad you like your new clothes! :-D

11:08 PM  
Anonymous Charlisa said...

Just beautiful!!! Thanks for the pictures! Almost up to 3lbs!!!
Go, Truman, Go!!!!

Praying every day,


8:19 AM  
Anonymous Sara Samul said...

He is beautiful! Keep up the great work Truman! What a wonderful Christmas present he will be for you- Take Care! Sara

12:32 PM  
Anonymous hillary said...

Wow, he is getting so much bigger. You can really tell in the new pictures. Keep up the good work, Truman!!

2:01 PM  
Anonymous Lynne said...

I don't know you, but have been following Truman's story. He is a beautiful little boy and I look forward to watching him grow stronger each day. I admire your strength Truman, you are an inspiration!

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah Truman! You have so many people praying for you and your family. I am so glad you are doing better and better! You are just beautiful and you look so cute in your new clothes!

3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GGGGGGGOOOOOO TRUMAN!!!!!!!! I'm so happy Truman is doing great. His grandmother had taken pictures to school for us to see. He was so cute. His grandmommy said he looked like an old man. He was the cutest old man I had ever seen! I can't wait to here more news so keep up the good work Truman!

Lots of Love,
Kayla Townsend

4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the onesie!!! He is absolutely precious :)

4:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an adorable little boy!!! Thank you so much for the pictures, it is so exciting to get to "see" his progress as well as read it, so keep them coming! God Bless to Truman and his family!

5:53 PM  
Blogger Maggie (Sarah's mom) said...

How beautiful!!! He is getting big! I know it's all relative but he is really growing!

As Sarah graduated through the different pacifiers, I pocketed them. I have them on a shelf in her bedroom. I'm amazed how little she was to have used the 'Wee Thumbie'. Someday you will be amazed too!

Maggie (IV Preemies)

10:29 PM  
Blogger FFF said...

What a cutie. I love his eyes in the picture with the pacifier.

9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow does he look handsome!!!! Thank you very much for sharing!!!

10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow does he look handsome!!!! Thank you very much for sharing!!!

10:41 AM  

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