CURRENT WEIGHT: 4 LBS (1818 GRAMS)
CURRENT LENGTH: 15.5 INCHES
Truman reached four pounds on Thursday,had a day of no gain, lost half an ounce, and then regained to 4 pounds yesterday. I attribute the weight loss to a very stuffy nose that made breathing a lot of work for Truman on Friday evening and Saturday morning. After some deep suctioning and some anti-inflammatory nose drops, things appeared to have cleared up mostly. They think he was congested not from illness, but from the swelling and irritation that still remains in his upper nose from his time with the C-PAP prongs and all the fighting he did against them. The constant air flow from the canula also causes his nose to dry out and his body to respond to that dryness by making lots of snot. The flow on the canula has been weaned to .3.
The occupational therapists have not visited Truman since Thursday, so he has not tried bottle feeding since then. Mom and Dad will be raising that point today and reminding the hospital staff to get on the ball about his learning to bottle feed. Although bottle feeding is still slow going, breastfeeding is going very well, and we are up to three times per day -- quite the grueling schedule for Mom with a full-time job.
Truman continues to show signs of reflux issues. His bed has been permanently elevated for now, and the pump over which his gavage feedings go has been increased to 1.5 hours each time.