I really think Max has turned the proverbial corner on the path to coming home!
We went to visit and feed him tonight to a couple of surprises, the biggest one being that he has pooped TWICE in the last 24 hours with no assistance! (He *is* on arythromyacin (sp?) as a pro-motility agent, but he didn't need suppositories! Previous to today's 2 diapers, he had only pooped once in his life on his own!) So that's incredibly exciting…
The second is concerning his feeds; we've gotten to about this point a few times, and when he gets to 14mL, that's when things go bad… he has had 4 feedings now of 14mL with almost zero residuals! They're still taking it slow, adding only 1mL per shift (8 hours) but this might finally be the time it works! He chowed down on his entire bottle tonight in record time, only taking a few minutes to get with the program and wake up enough to do his job. He had been having some problems with choking and desatting while we def him; his nurse tonight, Carol, said that she had really good luck holding him on his side to feed. (See pic) It's a little unconventional, and we're lacking that whole “gazing into one another's eyes while I give him nourishment and bonding time” thing, but I think we'll get through it… lots of time for bonding when he comes home, and if this weird stance is what it takes to make that happen, I'm all for it!
He was 6 lbs 4 oz today, and a lanky 17.75″ long… he's almost a foot and a half tall! Amazing!
And, because we all love a funny baby pic… this is what happens when you push the bottle a little further into Max's mouth then he would like:
(He has his daddy's eyebrows! LOL)
His outward feedings make it more fun for the person NOT feeding him! I think I like it 😉
Yay Max! Keep on poopin’!
Yahoo. Can you hear us cheering up in Grass Valley?
CONGRATULATIONS! Whohooo, I’m rarely this excited about poop!
Way to go Max!! Never though I would say this, but keep on poopin’!
Well Max, 3 poopy diapers down, 997 to go before you learn to use a potty. Congratulations kid!
I’m not surprised that side feeding works, not only does it make for cute pictures, but babies at the breast do it that way too.
Love the updates,
He can still face you on his left side if you put his head near the crook of your right arm. One more suggestion, you could get a nursing pillow called a c-pillow. Your lactation consultant at the hospital may sell them. It’s better than a boppy because it is actually a foam-type cushion that will act like a little bed for Max and it will save your back if you continue to feed him that way. Kudos on the poop! He will be home in no time at all.
Yippee!!! Go Max!!!
Mrs. L says
I’ve never been so happy about a baby’s pooping! Way to go Max!
hey Liz! I just found your blog..haha! And WOW, look at little Max, he sure is growing..and poopping! I’m so happy for you, Liz. We miss you and think of you often. big HUGS, girl!!