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the eric update – day 60: full feeds! goodbye IV. first latch!

day 60: measuring growth

jeez, louise – the kid can put on the weight. he added another ounce over the night and is now 1625 grams or 3 pounds 9.3 ounces. he has also added a half centimeter to his length and he’s now 42 centimeters or 16.53 inches. it’s just astonishing that he’s added four and a half inches to his length since birth, which is just about the the length of his entire leg! wow!

day 60: full feeds - so long, intravenous line. I.

in other big (ahem) news – eric started the day on 17 cc’s of breastmilk every two hours and we were mighty surprised when they decided to see how well he could tolerate a whopping 3 cc increase in the afternoon ( remember, up until this point they were increasing his feeds by one cc in the morning and one cc in the evening );

day 60: full feeds - so long, intravenous line. II.

amazingly, with the IV line gone, eric only has one major piece of equipment left – his nasal cannula.

so at noon they started feeding him a 20 cc’s of the good stuff every two hours! of course, being the champ that he is, he digested it just fine and they didn’t find any increase in undigested material sitting in his stomach. diligent readers will remember what happens when he hits the 20 cc mark; that’s right, he’s on “full feeds” and doesn’t need any supplemental nutrition so his intravenous line was removed! he’s IV free! once less entry point for bugs! whoohoo!

day 60: hello daddy nikon.

i sometimes wonder if he believes that all dads have a camera lens permanently affixed to their heads.

in even bigger news, after a week of non-nutritive suckling ( or, as the nurses like to say, “window shopping” ), eric decided to latch on and get a mouthful of milk! he didn’t really know what to do with the milk and looked a little surprised, but it’s another big, big step on the way to feeding like a big boy.

day 60: upper lip sans tape!

eric briefly has his feeding tube removed, which means we get a glimpse at his upper lip without tape! i don’t think i’ve seen a cuter upper lip, but maybe i’m biased.

i could be mistaken, but his lip seems to be curled into an elvis-like pose.

day 60:  the caring nicu touch

there’s nothing extraordinary about this picture of eric getting his temperature taken; i just realized that i had never captured how sweet the nicu nurses are with eric.

in this pictures, nurse cindy is taking his temperature and while she talks very soothingly to him, she gently strokes his cheek.

she’s not just doing it for our benefit, she does this kind of thing with all the kids regardless of whether or not their parents are present.

the eric update – day 20: full feeder!

day 20: full feeder!

as his nurse donna said today, eric enjoys making a liar out of her. just yesterday she said that it would be a few days before they discontinued his IV drip and had him solely on breastmilk. but today when we arrived at the nicu we found him sans his IV lines and taking in 5.2 cc’s of milk an hour!

as soon as we stood over his bed, he opened his eyes and made this gesture as if to say, “geee. it’s so nice to wake up and see you again.” or at least that’s what we’d like think think he was saying 🙂

the best part of getting “full feeds” is that he’s had two IV lines removed. one of them, the peripheral intravenous cardiac catheter (PICC), was causing the bulbous thing earlier in the week so it’s nice to have that gone. they also removed an arterial line from his foot.

day 20: snug as a bug

as an added bonus, removing the lines makes it much easier to move him around during kangaroo care.

day 20: beating the wrap

occasionally, when he’s getting feisty, he’ll push his feet against the plastic wrap that covers his bed which is meant to help keep the heat in.

this is probably one of the toughest photos i’ve shot as the light levels are very low so i have to have a slow shutter speed and and the auto focus wouldn’t work due to the diffuse and wierd light coming off the plastic wrap. if i were a better photographer, i would have been able to capture the times that he rammed his foot so hard into the wrap that it looked like he was going to break through it.

incidentally, i’ve been under the delusion that the plastic wrap was probably some sort of hospital grade super magical polymer. eventually i noticed the large rolls that the staff has delivered from the local restaurant distributer.