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30 milliliters

posted Dec 1, 2009, 10:30 AM by Ross Olson
James is still in the NICU, but he's an easy-to-care-for baby. This means he is considered to be a counter-balance for a nurse that has other babies to watch that are more troubled. Based on the number of wires and tubes hooked up to some of these kids, multiplied by the number of machines they attach to, it is easy to understand that James is in very good health. And he's getting better every day.

The latest milestone is the amount of milk he's taking orally. For a solid week now, he's been taking about 15 mL of his 55 mL meals orally and the rest is put down his feeding tube. But on Monday he started to up the ante and he's now taking 30 mL off and on. This is important, because the final hurdle he needs to clear to come home is to take his full meal orally. Right now, he nibbles and nom-noms for a while, gives us a quick smile, and then falls back to sleep. This is his pattern for now, and we're happy to have it.

Amy and I are visiting twice a day at least, and we continue to meet many different nurses, each with their own style of taking care of James. Quick or deliberate, intense and focused or light and scattered (in order to keep all the babies happy), each one has a deep love for these kids. It has been great getting to watch these pros do their thing. Yesterday it was bath time and we watched in amazement at the speed of the nurse. She had him in and out of the water in just a couple of minutes. Amy and I agreed that it would take us an hour to do something like that the first time. But now that we've seen it performed (and played a small part in it), we'll be better at it.

I really want to take advantage of the fact that we can get hands-on guidance with our own kid-o on how to take care of him, from people who do it every day. So far, so good.