No "going home" date yet. Jimmie gained 30 grams and is now 4lbs 14oz!
Today's victory is that they took his NG tube out and hopefully it'll stay out! Go Jimmie go! Woohooo!
He is starting to act like a normal baby now with his feeds. At some feedings he won't want as much and then he'll wake up early and be crying and sucking on his hands. So the NP wrote an order that allows Rachael to be a bit more free with the timing and amount of his feeds. Even though he is taking more of his feedings by bottle he acts like a breastfed baby. He definitely loves and prefers the breast. I'm so happy that it is working out so well for him to switch back and forth! That is a big answer to prayer.
Pray for Jimmie tomorrow- if I'm not mistaken, he has another follow up eye exam. These eye exams are pretty uncomfortable and traumatic for the babies. The nurses hate Wednesdays because of them and the Mom's are not allowed to be in the room during the exam. Rachael said she came in right after last week and she could see the red marks where they pried and clamped Jimmie's eyes open and he was crying pretty hard. Justin hates it and wants them to stop, but Rachael is-- well "Rachael". (-: She's very matter of fact. She feels bad for him of course, but she just realizes some things have to be endured for the better in the long run. This is all part and parcel of the whole premature tragedy. Pray that his ROP is starting to resolve and he won't have to keep enduring this.
Thank you so much all of you who are Jimmie's warriors!
P.S. Oops- I was mistaken, I just talked to Rach and his eye exam is next week- not tomorrow.