Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The gang dressed in their new Easter clothes

I wanted to see if Caleb could stand holding onto something. Come to find out, he can, but not quite long enough for a photographically challened Mom to get a good picture!

Looking pretty suave with the pre-church drool

Caleb still hates baths!

Caleb has finished an entire bottle in one feeding! I have been waiting about 5 1/2 months to put that on the blog. Not only has he done it once, he did it four times today.

Bottle Boot Camp has been a huge success! As I mentioned last week, Caleb was increasing the volume that he was taking by mouth daily. By Thursday, we stopped putting the NG tube back in at night. He has not had the tube since then! Today, he took over 75% of the volume he is supposed to be taking. It seems so amazing to just need a bottle and milk, not the bottle supplies, the syringes, the feeding set, extra tape, etc. We would never have guessed that it would go this well.

Caleb has not lost any measurable weight. His weight fluctuates by four or five ounces, but a moderately wet diaper weighs four ounces, so that seems pretty reasonable.

We have also found out that Caleb would rather eat a lot during the day and sleep at night. None of our other kids figured that out this soon! Last night, he went to bed at 11:00 pm and woke up at 7:30 am.

As you may guess, we couldn't be happier! Caleb now looks and eats like a regular baby and his cheeks are healing pretty quickly. Now we just need to convince him that Mom and Dad aren't the only people that can hold him!

One other note, Caleb is now eight months old. Because of all the weird milestones and little segments of his life - 72 days in the hospital, 2 1/2 months waiting for the second surgery, 10 days in the hospital, and settling into normal life - it doesn't seem nearly that long. I now need to make an effort to remember those rough early weeks to remember how far we've come. We are so lucky!


  1. Jen he really looks fantastic! I'm so pleased for you all. Perhaps Caleb could pop to London and teach Ted about this sleeping through business!
    Em x

  2. So glad to hear of Caleb's progress!
    Katie(Wills) Peters :)