Saturday, May 23, 2009

Long Day

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,



Stephanie said...

I'm glad that you were able to get and look around some today. You are so blessed to have such wonderful parents(of course you already know that :)

Gaines has done wonderfully and I just know that in his own time he'll be making big strides!

Ruthie said...

Sorry about the sunburn. :( But, I'm glad you were able to be out and about. Hopefully the burn will turn into a nice golden tan, right? :)

It sounds like your nurse today, offered some great and encouraging insight into Gaines' progress. I'll be praying for the extra bit of weight gain and the open crib, etc...

You are all such troopers. Praying for daily endurance for you all!


Michelle Gregory said...

Oh my goodness, I was getting worried! I did remember that your mom and dad were coming and had hoped you were busy with them. So glad "Little Man" is holding his own. It is weird that your nurse mentioned the 34-35 week mark because I have had a feeling that something (good) will happen around the 1st of 2nd of June. I don't know why and that would be the 35th week. So I am gonna pray for something tremendous (not just a "baby step") to happen that week. If anyone else reads this..pray with me.

So glad you had a great day with your family!!

Hugs and prayers from Prattville!

Kelli said...

Thanks for the updates...thinking of you all!

Kelli in Grand Bay