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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Over the Lips and Past the Gums...


Today Nurse Cindy taught Jeffrey a new trick: drinking from a bottle. She told us today that she noticed some rooting reflex going on, so she tried his 9 AM feeding with a bottle. He took about 10 oz cc from the bottle before he got tired out. Hey, it’s a lot of work! The rest of the feed was done with his tube. For the 12 PM feed, he got the bottle again and did over half of his feeding with it! To complete his feeding trifecta, Dani thinks that he was able to latch on for his attempt at nursing tonight.
Dr. D’Angio stopped by today and told me again that he’s pleased with Jeffrey’s progress. He and Nurse Cindy explained the discharge checklist to me. He’s got 2.5 things completed on it… and like 10 more to go. Mostly, Jeffrey needs more meat on his bones! But oral feedings are on that list, so today’s milestone is an important one.
Vitals: Up 20g today to 1410g. That’s another ¾ oz! His feedings have been increased to 26cc (8x/day). He’s still on just a puff of oxygen at 0.5 lpm and varying concentrations of 20-25%. All of his events today have been self-corrected. That’s great!
Interesting fact: Compared to this girl, Jeffrey is a moose! The world’s smallest surviving neonate, Rumaisa Rahman, was born in 2004 at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood at just 8.6 ounces.

3 comments:

I said...

BRIAN,
I LOVE TO SEE THE BABY & GET THE UPDATES. YOU ARE A GREAT HISTORIAN, YOU KNOW! KEEP A COPY OF ALL THIS FOR THE "NUBBIN'
LOVE YOU ALL,
AUNTIE KAY

Anonymous said...

Brian where do you find these facts. I swear if I ever make it on a game show you are the one I'm going to call for the answer. Glad to see Jeffery is doing so great. Liane

Sue said...

OK, I HAVE to ask the obvious here...
How did a 3 pound baby drink 10 oz????
Heeheeheee