Well another week has gone by and Mac is slowly growing. He now weighs 5 lbs, 4 ozs! Although he seems to no longer have episodes of apnea and bradycardia, he is having some feeding issues. I guess this is pretty common with preemies but frustrating as a parent nonetheless.
I have been pumping breast milk religiously. When I’m there for Mac’s feeds, he latches on just fine. The challenge has been keeping him awake for his full feed. Poor guy is just too little to take the full amount of his feed and ends up getting the majority of his milk through his NG tube. We’re trying to work with his providers to come up with a consistent plan for increasing the number of oral feeds he gets each day.
I think Mac has been showing us a sneak peak of his personality over the last couple of weeks. We’ve been calling him “chill baby” cause he’s pretty laid back – hard to believe knowing his parents, I know. 🙂 I’ve only witnessed one all out melt down/cry fest and that was when a mean old nurse was taking his temperature…can’t blame him. Mostly if he’s upset or hungry he’ll just wine and whimper until his needs are met. I sure am hoping his temperament will remain consistent once he gets home, although I’m trying to brace myself for any more surprises this child will spring on us. I have to keep reminding myself that he is only 36 weeks gestation and has a lot of maturing to do.
Here are some pictures with mommy and daddy from the last week.
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