Sorry for the late post but we've had a loooong day. Nothing to do with Gaines...he's fine. I'll get to him later. We spent the day with my parents doing some sight seeing. There was a lot of walking and it was really hot. I'm actually pretty sunburned. I guess I haven't been outside this much in a long time. It was really nice to spend some time with my parents outside of a hospital room. They have been so wonderful (as have Beau's parents) throughout this whole thing. Not only did our parents take on a child to raise for several weeks but they worked together and made sure that he was here to see us every other weekend. For that we are eternally grateful.
Gaines is having an ok day today. His oxygen hasn't been the greatest but his nurse today (who is awesome by the way) reminded us that even though he's four weeks old now, he still shouldn't be here. Ideally, I'd be pregnant for six more weeks. She really felt like he was doing great considering his circumstances. She also told us that she thought the increased oxygen today was a mechanical issue...meaning that his nose piece probably needed to be replaced. They can't replace it until Monday because they ran out and they won't get more until Monday.
One other thing that she mentioned was that we could probably expect Gaines to start making some improvements around the 34-35 week mark. I'm excited about this as Tuesday will be 34. She said it really seems that things start to come together around then. She also told us not to be surprised if we come in this week and he's in an open crib. He's only 40 grams away from that 1800 gram (4 lbs) mark. The only hold back would be if the extra stimulation (more light and more noise) caused him to desat or drop his heart rate. This is pretty possible as he doesn't seem ready yet for the extra stimulation involved in the kangaroo care. It didn't go so well last night but we'll give him some time and try again.
I think that's about it for the daily report. I hope you all are having a great weekend!
Love to all,