Jimmie gained 3 OUNCES!! Woooohooo! So he is 4 pounds 4 ounces! This is such awesome news because it means that he really is taking in milk when he nurses. And even with the extra work he is still gaining.
The lactation consultant came in today at Rachael's request and they have decided that working around the feeding tube in Jimmie's mouth while he is breastfeeding is no longer "working". If he is to really make any more improvements the tube needs to be out of the way. In most cases this would be when they would switch the tube to the nose, but that is NOT an option for Jimmie. The Lactation Consultant rarely if ever recommends bottle feeding, but she did today. If Jimmie can quickly learn to take the rest of his feeds by mouth they can get rid of the tube and continue working on the breastfeeding. The hope is that Jimmie will adapt to both breast and bottle and or switch completely back to the breast when that is possible. Pray that this is so. Rachael feels like this is probably a good idea at this point. It is the quickest way to get him in a position to go home. She will continue to work with Jimmie breastfeeding during his feeds throughout the day and they will work on bottle feeding when Rach is not the there.
Jimmie's tummy was much happier today. Yeah!!! Keep praying those tummy prayers.
Our long time friend Nellie created this wonderful piece of art and has gifted Jimmie with it. My Dad took a picture of it. See if you can spot Jimmie- the fish.
What an awesome picture of our little Jimmie. I cannot overstate how remarkable and unusual Jimmie's journey has been compared to most babies born in the 24th week. The Doctors and Nurse Practitioners have continually commented on it. We are so blessed and grateful to God for our miracle- Jimmie!
P.S. Nellie- I miss you. (-: