Little dude is hanging out in the NICU and enjoying himself. He is up to bottle feeding 4 times a day (He alternates bottle feeding, and then "gavage" (feeding by tube). He has taken all his bottles the last few days... some bottles he is sleepy and slow, but he is doing just fine. I was able to nurse him today which was just so great!! I was very eager to nurse not because it is a step to coming home, but because of the bonding. I felt with the other kids the nursing really really helped me feel like they were actually MY baby. I mean, I'm pumping and of course they get the milk, but the actual nursing has always been very therapeutic for me. And, Drew did great!!! Latched right on with the perfect latch and did so great on both sides. My heart almost burst with excitement and his OT who was making sure all was well said she hadn't seen a baby nurse this well in a LONG time. YAY Drew! Being mindful that it is all God's kindness that he is able to nurse and took to it well. Still a long way from nursing around the clock, but baby steps!
Last night he was 5 lbs 7.8 ounces. He is in an open crib too!! At 35w4d he moved to an open crib! He has been maintaining his own body temperature well and has been gaining weight steadily, all very good things.
Still thinking it might be a week or two more in the hospital, but God has been very, very kind to us in allowing Drew to progress how he has. But the reality is that he will be coming home in a week or two!!! The kids and I went to Target and stocked up on diapers and wipes and some fun baby stuff. Trying to get clothes washed and bassinet all ready to go. Thankfully, I have been feeling MUCH MUCH better this week. Still twinges of pain and I don't have full range of motion (leaning back hurts, and it still hurts to sneeze :) But, overall, I feel much better. Pumping around the clock too so that has been taking a toll on me but its just like having a newborn, I just get to pump and go back to sleep now :)
The kids have started to ask a lot of questions as to why baby Drew isn't home. It is a weird pseudo-reality where he is our baby but not home with us. But, it is a season, and he will be home before we know it and then it will feel like this time in the hospital flew by. I already feel like bedrest was FOREVER ago, but obviously it wasn't.
So, that is the update for this week. I've really enjoyed my time at the hospital. Usually I will just hold him for a few hours and chit chat with the doctors, nurses, and therapist and sing to my babe. But it is a quiet, peaceful time that I am trying to soak up and enjoy because I know when Drew boy comes home... it will be crazy... and loud :)
Thank you for praying for us.