Wake up. Change diaper. Calm screaming baby. Make bottle. Feed hungry baby. Burp baby. Change baby's clothes. Unplug monitors and spend the next 20 minutes trying to untangled the wires. Plug monitors back in. Get out and connect missle...no wait, that's just the portable oxygen tank. Turn it on. Try to coordinate carrying baby downstairs plus 2 monitors and 1 oxygen tank. Put baby in carseat. Carefully carry the baby plus carseat, 2 monitors and oxygen tank out to the car. Don't forget the keys. Oh yes, and the diaper bag. Wait, I need a blanket to cover his carseat to keep out the germs. Put baby in car. Untangle lead wires again. Place monitors in the front seat so I can see them while driving. All set?
I thought you might get a kick out of hearing what our routine consists of these days. I might add that I now have absolutely NO sympathy whatsoever for those who complain about getting a healthy newborn (with no equipment) out of the house. When I was a nanny, I used to think getting two kids (1 baby + 1 toddler)was difficult. Now, I think I could load the whole Duggar family in the car in less time that it takes to load P in. Sheesh.
I don't want to come off as complaining. I'm really not. This is just my lame attempt to explain why I've gone over a week without updating you all.
So here goes...
P is 142 days old now. That's 20 weeks, 2 days to be exact. (I was informed of this at the eye dr today)
He weighs 10 lbs 4.5 oz! (I really think he missed the memo that micropreemies are supposed to be small for their age)
So far, he is doing fantastic. He is on a really nice routine, and for the past 5 days, he has gone 6 hours at night without waking. Pretty incredible if I do say so myself. The zantac is working wonders with his reflux. In fact, he really doesn't have it much anymore. At least not for right now. Pierce's eye's are healing wonderfully since surgery and the doctor moved us to every other week for appointments (we were going weekly). We go next week to have his hearing retested and also to see the pulmonologist to discuss weaning Pierce off oxygen. Then, the following week, we go for another brain scan and to see the neurosurgeon. We will also have another eye exam that week.
How you can pray:
-Pray that Pierce's ventricles are decreasing in size and that Pierce will not require a shunt.
-Pray that Pierce would pass his follow-up hearing test and that no further testing would be needed.
-Pray that Pierce's reflux will continue to be managed by the Zantac
-Pray that he would continue to grow and thrive and for continued protection against infection.
Thank you all for your prayers and support. I promise to try and be better about posting updates! Also, stay tuned for more details about the upcoming Golf Tournament. Tomorrow we will be posting the flier along with all the details for those who are interested. Thanks!