Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Happy 1 Month Baby E!

It is so hard to believe that it has already been 1 month since Easton joined our family!  He is doing pretty well and enjoying the extra snuggles he is getting since being sprung from "the box!"
This week Gramma Jan and Papi got to meet Big E.  Of course they were instantly in love!  They have been taking over Logan and laundry duties while Grandma B takes a much needed break!  We are so lucky to have such great parents that take care of us even though we are in our 30s!
 Today Easton is one-month-old!  My friend Paula outfitted him with these nifty month stickers!  As you can tell he was not too excited about our photo shoot.  Hopefully next month's picture will be in the laundry basket for the popular "basket series" (see Logan's to the right)!

 Look at how big Mr. E has gotten!  A whoppin' 5 lbs. 10.4 oz!  We are working on him taking all feeds by mouth.  So far today he only had to be NGed (fed through his tube) 1 1/2 times!  My goal is to have the tube out by the weekend, hopefully that is his plan as well!  He has been doing much better at keeping his heart rate up!  We actually went 3 days without a spell and then he choked after one of his feeds and dropped his heart rate.  Ugh.  He has to be Brady-free for 5-7 days before they will think about sending him home.
 We talked to Dr. Simpson today about the results from his head ultrasound.  It turns out that on his right ventricle he has a Grade 1 IVH (brain bleed) and on the left side he has a Grade 1/2.  Of course we were not thrilled to hear that our child has some bleeding in his brain but we were reassured that it would probably not cause any long term damage.  You can read more about IVH here.
 Our wonderful nurse, Megan, sat and talked with us for a while about IVHs.  She made us feel much better as she went over the information and told us about former preemies she knew that had no lasting issues because of their brain bleeds.  She also joked that he may have a slight eye twitch on Wednesdays because of it or he might use it as an excuse to forget curfew when he is a teenager (love that girl!).  She also told us that she is optimistic that Easton will be coming home soon.  We have crossed off many items on the going home check list.  Hopefully soon they will be telling us to bring in his car seat and schedule our rooming in!

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