Friday, October 16

Bryce Wearing a Tie

I made this little onesie for Bryce and apparently got him in it just in time because it's bulging at the seams! He weighed in last night at a whopping 8 pounds, 1 ounce! A whole lot to love on this boy ;-)

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Thursday, October 15

Wednesday, October 14

All done, surgery went well. Just waiting for Bryce to wake up now.

Surgery today at 4 pm

Bryce having ROP surgery on both eyes today, has to be reintubated because procedure is very painful and he'll need general anesthesia. I'm having a particularly hard because I thought we were done with these things: surgery, IV's, intubation, etc. Caleb is at work so it's just the two of us and I just want to hold onto him as tightly as I can until they have to take him from me.

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Tuesday, October 13

A New Plan

Bryce and I have a new plan for learning to breastfeed - together! We're very excited about it, well at least I am and Bryce seems to be.

Instead of trying to feed Bryce from a bottle every other feeding and let him breastfeed up to two times per day (our old plan) he now gets to exclusively breastfeed up to five times per day. His other three plus feedings will still be gavaged (given through a tube direct to his stomach) to allow him to continue to build his strength and endurance.

We're very happy about this plan because it allows us the opportunity to go home exclusively breastfeeding, which was our desire all along. Bryce is also much better at breastfeeding than taking his feeds from a bottle and it allows us some more special bonding time.

Additionally, with the new plan Bryce is allowed to give us feeding cues as to when he's hungry. This means no more waking him up from a dead sleep to try to feed him just because it's been exactly three hours since his last feed. He can now eat every two hours or go as much as four hours between feeds if that's what he wants. I prefer this as it seems much more natural.

The down side of this new equation is I can't be far from the hospital - as if I ever am. But now I need to be available to him anytime he's hungry, which can be anytime. I don't mind much though because I know it's what's best for him and sleep is over rated anyway, right!?