Ok...update time. At the time Beau posted this morning we only new that Gaines is doing better. When we got to the NICU we found out that he had a very bad night. At one point his sats and heart rate were both in the 40s and he had to be "mildly" resusitated. From what I can tell, mildly just means that he had to be "bagged" and recieved compressions for about 20 seconds. Either way, not what a mother wants to hear about her one day old. We also learned that he had to have a blood transfusion in the night because his blood was low. One of the causes of this low blood could have been a brain bleed.
The silver lining to that cloud was that since about 6 or 8 this morning (I got conflicting reports on the time) he has been stable.
He looked great when we visited this morning early and he still looked good when I took my parents and Abby to see him around lunch. The doctors where in a meeting the second time so I didn't get any info then.
His doctor just came in here a few minutes ago with the latest report. Right now Gaines seems to be doing some better. He has stayed stable and they are now trying to wean him down on his oxygen. He's down to 85% oxygen and his sats are staying in the 90s. They are also weaning his nitric oxide. They did a sonogram to check about the brain bleed and right now it is negative. This is huge because brain bleeds can cause bad developmental problems. They'll do another one in a few days to make sure nothing showed up. If he makes it 72 hours from his birth without one, the chances are less than one percent of him having one. Also, all of his inside organs looked good.
Now, keep in mind that despite all these positive reports, Gaines is still critical...more critical than most 29 weekers would be considered (probably because of his lack of fluid). The doctor reminded me that he is on every machine they have right now. He still needs lots of prayers. Please pray for his little lungs and for strength for him to keep on fighting.
Beau and I are having a much better day. Thank you for your prayers.