Thursday, May 21, 2009

All Is Well

First of all, we just got done eating lunch and I am so thankful that I decided to take Reed's shirt off before the leftover spaghetti. I mean the child had spaghetti all over his face and stomach. Now, poor Beau is cleaning spaghetti off the floor. Good thing this carpet doesn't show stains. Anyway...sorry about that. It was just so funny. He's normally not so messy.

So, lets see...what's new with Gaines? Not much if you can believe that. He seems to just be spending another day getting stronger. Everything is pretty much the same. He is up to 3 lbs 12 oz...good news and seems to still be eating fairly well. Every so often he'll have a big residual (9 ccs this morning) but they seem to be only occasional. Most of the time he does pretty well. The decided a few days ago that if it is 9 ccs or less, they just give it back to him. It sounds pretty gross to me (remember this is undigested food that they suck out of his stomach) but they know what they are doing.

We tried the kangaroo care last night and it went ok but not great. His oxygen had to be turned up and he still didn't hold his sats very well. This morning I held him normally...all swaddled up...and he did much better. His oxygen stayed around 29% and he held his sats pretty well even though it was at the end of a feeding. He normally has to have a little bit of increased oxygen after he eats due to his reflux. For some reason I really feel like today will be a good day for him.

I did get to watch him get a bath last night. I don't think it was is favorite thing but it was nice for me to get to see him without his hat and CPAP on for a few minutes. Of course I forgot to take pictures of him without it but maybe I'll remember next time. He got to where his own clothes last night too. I know that he had to feel better being in his own pajamas. I know I preferred mine to the hospital gowns.

I think that's about it for now. Its a gorgeous day here so we are headed to a park after Reed's nap. I hope to pick up a little sun while I'm there.

Hope your all having a great day.

Love to all,



Penni said...

You sound in much better spirits today. I'm glad. I hope the sunshine helps! Keep praying and just keep loving those little men! Oh, and Beau.

Hugs, Penni, Jackson, & the boys

kim_brough said...

Just FYI the feeding are full of electrolytes and not putting the feedings back can cause problems with heart, kidneys, and other organs so that's why it gets put back (at least up to a certain point). When I first became a nurse I thought that was gross too until I understood the reason... and I guess it still kinda gross but at least there's a reason for the madness.

Here's hoping for a great day. Glad you are getting to hold him more and more!

Jennifer said...

Just checking in on you guys...hope you are enjoying this gorgeous Virginia weather!! :) So glad to read more good reports - although the recycled food thing..a little yucky :)

Have a great evening...praying for all of you!

The Williamson's said...

Praying for Gaines. I hope y'all have a happy and healthy weekend.

Billy Irvin said...

Beau & Brittany,

So many people are praying for you as you continue this journey that seems at times to crawl so slowly... we continue to cheer you on... today with some great words of encouragement from Isaiah 41:

Don't be afraid. I am with you. Don't tremble with fear. I am your God. I will make you strong,as I protect you with my arm and give you victories.
I am the LORD your God. I am holding your hand,so don't be afraid. I am here to help you.

Billy & Camilla Irvin
Montgomery, AL

Stephanie said...

It's all about getting stronger right now! Although I'm sure when you're living it day to day it's alittle tougher to see...I know you just want to see him making great strides and he is in his own way :) Praying!