Thought I'd give an update on our sweet baby. Silas is five days old and will be 37 weeks tomorrow in terms of gestation. We're still working on the two main goals for discharge from NICU to go home - jaundice and eating. He's under the lights again today to get his levels back down, and hopefully that'll be it. The last milestone beyond that is having a full day of complete feedings by mouth, without use of the feeding tube. He's on breastmilk only, either nursing or bottle, and full feedings by either is ok for discharge. Right now, he's taking about half of a feed either by nursing or bottle, and the rest by feeding tube. This is very common for a preterm baby his age.
He won't be home this weekend, and while disappointed as that was our own thought-up hope based where we thought he might be, we are reminded that things need to take place according to his readiness and God's providential timing, not ours. The nurse today felt it was realistic to expect up to another week here, which was hard to hear, but helpful for us to consider and process. In the grand scheme, a few more days is really negligible, and in the immediate future, those extra few days will be helpful for him to be here. If we're prepared for a week, then we can rejoice greatly if it ends up being less than that.
What we hope to see and are praying for:
1. That jaundice would clear through the course of the rest of the day
2. That he will gain the coordination and strength to take a full feeding by bottle or by nursing
I am sleeping here in NICU and have spent two nights here. My recovery from birth is great, thankfully, but I am of course tired. While I limit how far I walk around the halls, I'm glad to have the ability to do a variety of things to meet Silas's needs and mine (with nursing/pumping etc) in a repeated fashion over the course of every 24 hours. It was a joy to me to have our children and my family come by today as I've been rather cut off from the world physically, and they plan to come again tomorrow for another short visit.
Before he had his IV out
Edited by CookAMH - 8/24/13 at 10:39pm