Thursday, August 28, 2008

39w

Our pediatrician called this morning. She's been so positive the last few days.

I love when she calls and says "he looked SO GREAT this morning!" She often calls me early in the morning (this morning around 7:30) so it's a wonderful way to start the day.

Today it was even better. She said she thinks he'll be home in 5-7 days. She doesn't think he's going to need to come home on oxygen. He'll definitely come home on a monitor.

The monitor is almost mandatory based on his gestational age at birth. And it's perfectly fine by me. Maybe I'll be able to sleep once in a while instead of staring at him to make sure he's still breathing.

We have Dr. C this so it makes the day even brighter. (He threatened to find my blog and read it today, so umm.. well.. uh.. Hi, Dr. C.) He asked me this morning if I thought he needed anything changed today. This was after yesterday asking ME if Robbie was going to go home on oxygen.

What a difference a week can make. Last week I have the doctor who acts like I'm a nutcase for asking questions about a surgery and this week we have the doctor who asks my opinion. I love feeling like part of the team.

In any case, today I brought our carseat to the hospital. For now it looks like the plan is to wait until Monday for the car seat test (he has to be able to sit in the car seat w/o dropping his saturations for the length of time it would take us to get home- so about 45 minutes.)Robbie's physical therapist is going to fit him into the seat and teach me the whole thing and will also install the base and such. She'll be back on Monday so we'll do everything then.

Dr. C wants to leave Robbie on the oxygen he's on (1/16 liter) for another day or so and then try him off of oxygen completely.

Robbie's eating like a champ. He went about a day and a half w/o having to be tube fed at all.

Yesterday his G Tube was leaking milk (a LOT of milk) and the surgeon had to come adjust the balloon in it. Robbie was STARVING and hysterical in the meantime. So at one point we moved him to 2 hour feedings just trying to satisfy him a little more. Well, after his tube got fixed and we gave him some gas drops (in a desperate attempt to please him) he slept HARD for a while and didn't want to wake up after 2 hours to eat, so we tubed that one. But we then moved him back to 3 hour feedings and he's done great since then.

He wouldn't nurse last night at all. I think he was just too hysterical for food and the boobs are slower than a bottle. But we're going to give it another shot today. Wish us luck.

And go ahead and sacrifice another moose or two. He did manage to gain 5 grams last night but that's not nearly enough. The one thing that might hang us up at the hospital is if he won't gain weight steadily, so get the moose fires burning.

--Trish

19 comments:

Spork Fashion said...

::::;getting excited::::::::

Two Hands said...

Oh my goodness, I have party supplies to get and invitations to send.
How does " you are invited to a Robbie's at home party" sound? Everyone will look at me strangely (not knowing the phenomenon that is Robbie) but I DON'T CARE.
I hope now that his tube is adjusted his weight starts a steady climb. Thank goodness there are lots of mooses just in case though.

Jess said...

I am getting very excited here!!!I can't wait for him to be safe at home and you won't have to worry about this nurse or that nurse or all the driving or anything like that. I shall start sacrificing all the moose in Maine, seeing as I won't be here to much longer to do so.

Amy said...

What great news overall! :jumps up and down:
Fascinated by the car seat test. Another thing I wouldn't have thought of (duh ;)) but it makes sense.

Mrs. Spit said...

excuse me. . .

Going to get the fire stoked up. . .

Gotta get me a moose.

Robyn said...

I can't believe it is almost time for him to go home!

Keep it up Robbie!

Anonymous said...

OMG!!! 5-7 days!! AHhhh...that is wonderful! I am so thrilled Trish! Beyond ecstatic.

Go Robbie Go!


Becka

Meghan said...

Love all the good news in this post!!!! 5-7 days...how exciting! Hoping he keeps on eating like a champ, he'll gain that weight

Ariella said...

I always have a moose and fire ready! Consider it done.

Amy said...

That's great news Trish!

S said...

What wonderful news!! I am thrilled for you guys!

Tracy said...

Yay! Sounds like some great news. Come one home, Robbie!

Kristin (kekis) said...

Ditto what everyone else has already said. I hope you can hear the wailing of meese on fire from Texas! Go, Robbie, go!

Oh, and um, hey Dr. C. ;)

HazelMay said...

This is awesome!!!! I'm so excited for you!

Hows abouts you start spiking his bottles w/ chocolate? Ice cream? OH! Mascarpone? No need for moose, that will pack on the pounds.

Though fried moose... could be a new Thanksgiving Day tradition.

Jody said...

You've had such a long journey, I'm so excited for you to get to begin a new one, at home, with your precious little one!

Oh, and when they do the carseat test, they are pretty much ready to shove you out the door! Yay!

Anonymous said...

::Grabs bow and arrow and goes moose hunting::

So excited for you! I can't even begin to tell you how amazing it is to walk out of the hospital WITH your baby!

((HUGS))

Darby

feistync said...

sweet! i'm soooooo excited about robbie going home soon!

ALC said...

I'm so happy !!!!! :):)

**Sissy** said...

Oh, that makes me so excited to hear that he might be home soon! I am so excited for you guys!