Teeny Tiny Truman

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

Monday, November 06, 2006

Four Pounds!

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.

--Kara

11 Comments:

Anonymous Heather said...

YAY TRUMAN! The ladies of the DEC 06 EC are so proud of you! :)

8:45 AM  
Anonymous Mia said...

Look at you, Truman! Over 4 pounds now, such a very big boy! I know your parents are so very, very proud of you. Home is just around the corner!

9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just 2 lb to go and Truman will be as big as Jason was at birth--and look at him now!!!!! The pictures have been great. I know Truman needs to master the bottle, but maybe his slogan is "accept no substitutes"!
Luv and Prayers
Sue and Eddie Hammons

11:22 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

That's WONDERFUL news!!

2:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow Truman, you're HUGE! 4 lbs!! What a great fighter you have been, an inspiration for everyone:)

Dec06ECmomma

2:26 PM  
Anonymous Candid Housewife said...

WOah!!! He is huge!! He will be on his own soon, i can just feel it!! Have they talked about how much longer he will have to stay?!?

6:57 PM  
Blogger Maggie (Sarah's mom) said...

4 lbs!!! I remember the night Sarah hit that point! I'm sure Truman looks huge to you!

I'm glad that breastfeeding is going well! It sounds like bottle feeding will go well if the staff is reminded :)

You are doing a great job. Grow Truman grow!

7:55 PM  
Anonymous jennifer roberts said...

Just wanted you to know our family is still praying for baby Truman every night. So glad to hear he is doing well and growing! Can't wait to meet him someday! God bless you - Matthew, Mark, Craig, and Jennifer Roberts

11:34 PM  
Blogger GoofyJ said...

I just found your blog through Candid Housewife and as I have read Truman's story I am just amazed at that beautiful little miracle. He is gorgeous, and what a fighter! Our own little boy had a rough start to life with open heart surgery at 14 days old (his story is posted on my side bar). We'll add him to our prayers, I hope things continue to go well for you and that you and your darling boy can get home soon. :)

1:18 AM  
Blogger Stacy said...

WTG Truman Won't be long before that resection is done and you are home and happy growing!

Continued energies for you all.

Stacy

6:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have been praying for you little guy! We are so proud of you...4lbs!!! Love, Eric, Kathy & Abbie Altenbaumer :)

9:21 AM  

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