Today marks 36 days in the NICU. It feels like Thomas has become a resident. I'm an expert at scrubbing in, silencing alarms on monitors, finding supplies, unhooking his cords to hold him, etc. Not exactly the skills one usually gains with a newborn. The last week has felt very slow. Changes have been minimal...increasing his tube feedings by small amounts every few days. His weight gain has finally started to improve. Today he weighs 3 pounds, 11 ounces. He feels less fragile, or maybe I am just getting used to holding a 3 pound baby.
Today they began weaning him off of his heater. He has been in an isolette that is heated. Due to his weight gain, they decided to see if he is able to maintain his body temperature. So far so good. Today he put on clothes for the first time. While the preemie clothes still are huge, he looks pretty handsome.
I think they will begin some trials with bottle feeding in the next week or so. That will be our next big hurdle.
Thank you for thinking of us, praying for us and loving on our family. We are thankful that God continues to meet us where we are and give us grace and strength for each day.