6 weeks old. 6 weeks in the NICU. We’re half way to our due date too. So maybe half way to going home? Let’s hope!
I haven’t updated their weights in a few weeks so here are their current weights:
Mason – 4 lbs. 4 oz. (some of this is fluid)
Logan – 3 lbs. 12 oz.
James – 3 lbs. 15 oz.
Here’s a few pictures of Mason:
He’s still puffy but not nearly as bad as he was. He actually lost 100 grams (about 3 ounces) the last few days.
Here are a few pictures of Logan from this week:
James had a really big week. I mean a huge week! First he got off the ventilator. As of today he’s back on cpap. Yay! Then he moved into a real big boy bed. Yay again! And he can wear clothes now! And get swaddled. And he got his PICC line out because he doesn’t need it anymore! I think he likes all of the changes. He’s like a completely different baby. He’s much calmer now and he’s not nearly as moody. Maybe they were right when they said it was roid rage from the steroid he was on for his lungs. But I’ll take a little roid rage if it means making all of this progress. He may move to a nasal cannula with just oxygen tomorrow. The next step after that is breathing completely on his own! Go James go!
James is on full feeds now. That means he’s getting all of his nutrition from breast milk (straight into his belly of course). They do add calories to the breast milk though to help the preemies get bigger. James seems to like it.
James also got his first hat of his very own. One of our nurses signed up to be a primary for all 3 boys so she gets one of them each time she works. So far she’s had Mason and Logan, but she takes care of James too. The other night she noticed he was getting cold with the knit hat he had on. The next night she showed up with 3 little polo hats. James has been wearing his ever since. I love it! That’s exactly what I would have picked out if I had made it to the store myself. Mason and Logan will have to wait to wear theirs!
James is doing so much better that he is actually ready to move to a different part of the NICU. The area they are in now is for the smallest, sickest babies. James doesn’t fit that criteria anymore now that he’s breathing so much better. But they are letting him stay where he is as long as they don’t need the bed for another baby.
Here are a few pictures of James from this week. He had more happening this week so he has more pictures!
My first baby turned 10 this week! I can’t believe how fast the last 10 years have gone by! She was such a good baby and is a great kid now too. I hope these boys take after her (at least a little). That would be awesome. I was really impressed by Addison’s birthday gift list this year. All she asked for was (1) a pair of Sperrys and (2) to go see the movie Maleficent. So she got both. Maybe she figured out that if you really want something, only ask for that thing for you birthday (or Christmas) to increase the chances of getting it. Whatever the reason, I was happy to see that she didn’t ask for a lot of stuff this year.
My brother posted this picture of baby Addison on Facebook on her birthday. Mason looks just like her! I couldn’t find a good picture for comparison but in real life he looks just like baby Addison! I think it’s the chubby cheeks!
I have actually been working some. I worked every day last week (just a few hours each day, but still, I went in to work every day). Then today I worked a full day. And I have gone to court twice in the last week. It feels nice doing normal things. I also went running a few more times. Very slowly. But still running so it’s progress.