Jimmie is doing alright. Feeding does remain a constant issue. He should be taking at LEAST 90mls. It seems that about 1/2 his feedings he only takes 70 or 80mls, but then the other 1/2 he'll take 100 to 110mls. However he is much more likely to have a significant puke when he eats the larger amounts. It just gushes out. Rachael keeps a full sized towel surrounding them during his feedings. Sometimes it comes out of his nose too and those pukes are not fun. He struggles for a few seconds to breathe and Rachael suctions his nose to help him out. We are hoping that the average amount of milk that stays in his belly is sufficient. She is adding fortifier too- so hopefully that counts for a little more. Usually "at least" once in a 24 hour period he has a really bad feeding where Rachael says he screams and fusses frantically the whole time. She says it looks like she's torturing him. She always fights for him to eat. She does not feel Jimmie can afford to miss any feedings. Lets pray some major "feeding prayers" for little Jimmie. Eat Jimmie eat! (-:
Rachael has been having a hard to time getting a consistent reading that makes sense on her baby scale so we don't know what he weighs. We are hoping for 8 pounds or more. Rach is gonna replace the batteries in the scale and hopefully that will fix it. She may also end up taking him to his Pediatrician- Dr. S. this week for a weight check.
His small size and his feeding issues definitely remain his apparent issues from his extreme prematurity. Those two issues obviously are connected. Even when you adjust his age he is still very small. He'll be 2 months old adjusted age in about a week. Can any of you preemie moms offer some encouragement about his weight? What did your preemies weigh at 2 months?(adjusted age)
Can you possibly get any cuter than this though??? I think NOT!
As Cole says, "I just can't stand it! Jimmie is way too cute!!!"
Thank you so much for your prayers!