Theo continues to make slow but steady progress. Some days are better than others. For example, Theo ate like a champ on Sunday. He took a bottle at every feeding, and was able to finish between 45-55 ml of each 60 ml bottle, meaning that only a little bit had to be given through the feeding tube. Then yesterday, he had a tough feeding day. He threw up a lot (not just baby spit-up), and was obviously uncomfortable. (Grandma Ronni brought a bunch of bibs when she visited this week, and they have come in handy!) So, the neonatologists decided to back off his feeding by bottle a little bit and give his stomach a longer period of time to digest each meal. Like we have been warned from the doctors and other NICU parents, progress is usually made with two steps forward, followed by one step back. The good news is that he has finally started to put on some weight. He has been hovering around 7 lbs for the last week or so, but over the last few days has climbed up to 7 lbs, 7 oz. Almost back to his birth weight!
|Chick magnet. Indeed.|
We have been so pleased with Theo's progress, and we are so happy that the only issue he faces now are kidney problems. What a long way he has come in 3 weeks! Nick and I spend most of the day with Theo at the hospital, and he is so much fun right now. He is alert and wide-eyed, and it still surprises me how serious he seems to be. He does not take after his dad yet!
We hope you all have a very Merry Christmas. Nick and I cannot thank you all enough for the support and prayers coming from all over the world. We know that we will have a wonderful Christmas, celebrating it with the best little gift that we could ever imagine. It certainly is a wonderful life.