Three Months Old!
CURRENT WEIGHT: 4 LBS, 0.9 OUNCES (1839 GRAMS)
After what appeared to be a massive weight loss the day before and a massive weight gain yesterday, we think Truman must have had a bad weigh on Monday night. So, we are not nearly so sad now that it appears he is still going on the right direction even with a couple of slow days or minor losses over the past week. It was just the major loss that we were particularly worried about.
Today, Truman took another full bottle from his occupational therapist. As a result, the order has been given for Truman to get two out of every three feeds from either the bottle or the breast (or a combination). The next step is full nippling, which is required for going home. His feeding tube has been moved from his mouth to his nose, which appears to be helping him achieve a better seal on the bottle nipple and more successful feeds.
Truman also graduated to a micro-flow canula today. It is set at .05 liters on flow, which is barely any flow at all and at 100 % oxygen. I asked if the increase in oxygen is a setback. Nurse Rebecca explained that it is a step forward because although it is 100 % on oxygen, the flow is barely there. What is particularly significant is that if a baby goes home on oxygen, this is the type they go home on. She explained that Truman is at a point where the hospital is beginning to test things out for what support (if any) he will need upon discharge.
Although Truman still has his bowel re-section surgery looming before he can go home, we've been told that putting a bowel back together is a simpler process than taking it apart. He's only 5.5 ounces from the target weight to be evaluated for surgery. It's such a huge step to finally be talking about discharge rather than it being simply some hazy target to far in the future to contemplate.
And finally, here are a few more photos. These are of Truman meeting his paternal grandparents up close for the first time, taken six days ago:
Gramma gets to hold Truman for the first time.
Truman has found a grip on Gramma's hands.
Meeting Truman up close.
Grampa gets to hold Truman for the first time.
Truman and Grampa.
--Kara & Ben