Time for Toys
CURRENT WEIGHT: 4 LBS, 1.6 OUNCES (1869 GRAMS)
Truman is struggling a bit on the all breast and bottle feeds. At his 8 p.m. feeding yesterday, we spent about 15 minutes (unsuccessfully) trying to get him to wake up enough to nurse. After about 15 minutes of sleepy nursing, Mom offered a half bottle, and Truman proceeded to have two big Desat/Brady spells during the bottle portion. He required the oxygen mask to recover. We didn't even attempt to finish the whole half bottle. When Dad fed him at 11 p.m., Truman didn't have any trouble with desats or Bradys, but let half of the milk flow down his chin. Apparently, the 2 a.m. feeding wasn't much better, so the 5 a.m. feeding was gavaged. However, he nursed like a champ for half an hour at 8 a.m. and took his entire bottle in 15 minutes from the occupational therapists at 11 a.m. I talked to Nurse Mary this morning, and she suggested we give him another day and watch his weight (he only gained 3 grams yesterday) to assess whether he is using too much energy for feeding and needs to go back to the two out of three nipple feeds. She also thought Mom and Dad may need a little practice on bottle feeding Truman. We would hate to slow down his growth at this crucial point.
Nurse Mary thinks Truman needs more stimulation because he has such long alert periods now. So, she asked us to bring up his bouncy seat tonight and his mirror toy for his crib. He was staring at a picture of Mom and Dad taped to the side of his bed during this conversation. He also really loves staring at the lights on the ceiling of his room.