Monday, April 11, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
This week has been pretty uneventful. Caleb did not have any appointments and did not meet with his therapist because of Spring Break. He did spend his first night in a hotel on Thursday. We celebrated Spring Break by going to a hotel about 20 minutes away so the Big Three could go swimming. We realized that even though the rest of us had spent a lot of time in hotels since he has been born, he has never stayed in a hotel.
We are working on a plan to try to speed up our progress with the bottle. We are struggling with the NG tube during the day. Caleb is either gagging on it or pulling it out. The red mark on his cheek in the picture is where the tape pulled some of his skin off. Now that he is going more places, we are catching the tube on everything, so if he is not pulling it out, we are.
Caleb has still been taking 20 to 40 mL at a feeding and has not really made much forward progress recently. We think that he is strong enough to finish a bottle, but he seems to lose interest when he has had enough milk to curb his hunger. Unfortunately, this happens about a third of the way through the bottle. Our plan is to talk to the therapist and his doctors and see what options we have for pushing him a little harder.
Caleb is sitting up pretty well on his own, but shows no interest in crawling yet. He has found a way to tuck and roll when he does tip over, so he hasn't bonked his head on the floor nearly as much!
The last two babies that we know that will have the same surgeries as Caleb both had their second stage surgeries last week. Maggie and Ted both had successful surgeries and are recovering in the hospital.