Thursday, September 9, 2010

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Moving Day - 800 pounds of bed and materials for a baby weighing less than 8 pounds

Today Caleb was moved out of the PCTU and into a Moderate Care room! This is a big step, he has moved out of intensive care after 23 days. Now, I am starting to learn what to do when he comes home. Today, I learned how to measure, place and use an NG tube (the tube through his nose to his stomach for food and medication). I haven't inserted the tube yet, but that is coming.

They are still working on weaning him off oxygen altogether, but he is on a very low flow right now and his oxygen saturation levels are still great. They have reduced his diuretics and pain medications.

Now that he has his NG tube, they are working on getting his feedings up to where they belong. Right now he gets fed 20 mL every hour. They will work on increasing the amount of milk and decreasing the frequency to a point where he is eating more like a regular baby.

He is looking and being treated more like a regular baby each day. Today, he wore clothes for the first time and sat in a baby seat. He has a music box in his bed to keep him occupied. I can hold him whenever I want now, and now that most of his lines and tubes are removed, I can get him in and out of his crib now by myself. I can change his diaper now too. While these are both little things, they are huge accomplishments for us.


  1. As I sit here getting ready for work at 5am. I am crying happy tears for all of you@ Thank God for answered prayers. That is great. Let me know if you need any help when you come home. I am sure you will be fine but I am more than willing to help!
    Love to you all.

    Katie B

  2. Oh words cannot express our happiness for you all!! It gave me goose bumps reading it!!

    I have a verse to share because when I read this verse I thought of you!!

    "Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him." James 1:12

    Hang in there and we can't wait to have you guys all home and TOGETHER!

    Love, Shannon

  3. Such wonderful news! Hope you feel a huge burden lifted, knowing that each day brings improvement. You must be so encouraged!! I know we are!! :) Love you all....and so enjoy reading the blog, feels like we're there with you!

  4. I'm sure there are times you'd rather "hit the hay" than to stay up longer & tell us about Caleb's & your day, but thanks SO MUCH for doing it!!! We are happy & rejoicing with you for each bit of progress made & each prayer answered. So happy to hear you can hold your precious little bundle of joy WHENEVER you want to now!!! Praise the Lord!!!! Hugs to you!!!

  5. Wow Jen, that is great news! I hope we will get to meet him very soon. Keep up the good work! Love, Kathy

  6. So happy to read your most recent blog Jen! You'd laugh, but Chris and I race to our phones to check your latest update each night before we go to bed. I am so EXCITED to hear the progress Caleb is making--Praise be to God!

    Lots of love to you :) Hallie