{NICU: Day 17}

I haven’t had many specific Joey updates lately, so I thought I’d fill you all in. He’s just been growing, learning, and getting better each day!

He is now up to 4lb 6oz (as of last night) – he hit 4lb 4oz on 4/4 which I thought was cool! πŸ™‚ We bought him a bunch of preemie clothes last night and I don’t think he’ll wear them long.

His feeds are continuing to increase because he’s getting bigger – he’s up to 37ml every 3 hours now. He is still spitting up a bit, but doing better as his stomach continues to grow.

He wears clothes now and is wrapped in a blanket to help him practice for when he moves out of the isolette and into a crib. Room temperature in there is 27 degrees celsius – late last night they turned his isolette down to 29 degrees and thought they’d drop it .5 degrees every 12 hours, but he was tolerating it so well that this afternoon he was already down to 28 degrees! Once he gets down to 27, they will keep him in there for 12-24 hours to make sure he’s continuing to maintain his heat, but then he’ll move to a crib!!

He also learned to suck his thumb today!

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His nurse today commented on how “exceptionally well” he’s doing and how he’s “ahead of the game”. So fun to see him progressing and tolerating the changes so well! Go buddy, go!

He will be 34 weeks tomorrow, and that’s when they start thinking about introducing the bottle. He needs to learn how to suck, swallow, and breathe all at the same time… So it will be a learning process for him! Can’t wait to be able to feed him like that and not through a tube πŸ™‚

Here’s a couple more pictures from today:

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A full body shot with a cute onesie on!

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He is still just such a happy and content boy πŸ™‚

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One thought on “{NICU: Day 17}

  1. He is a beautiful gift of God. I love your posts and am so happy he is doing so well. Keep up the good work!

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