I know it has been a while since I did an update on RJ, but here you go. Here seems to be doing great and is taking a bottle starting today!
R.J. has continued to progress faster than most have expected. He hit the 4 lb mark on Monday night. There was a correction. The nurse said he was 4.3 that night, but the night before she said 3.14. That would mean he would gain 5 ounces in one day, now, we know our boy likes to eat, but my momma didn't raise no fool! I asked three times if that was correct and she said she measured 3x. So, I took her word. Sometimes the scales mess up as well. His correct weight for Monday night was 4 pounds even. Tuesday and Wednesday nights he weighed in at 3 pounds 1 ounce. His temperature and breathing continue to maintain. He will start with one bottle tomorrow. If he does fine with that, then we will steadily bump up his feedings to 8 bottles a day over the weeks to come. To come home: many have asked this question. .. answer: we are never given a date or expected date since every baby is different. Depending on how well he does on the bottle it could be early to mid July. It could be earlier or later all depending on progress or lack there of. 2 things R.J. has to maintain to come home with us. He has to breathing and feeding on his own with no spells for 5-7 days straight. Spells? Spells are when his heart rate or breathing drops down or bottoms out or he just forgets to breathe. Preemies do this all the time. He had one spell last night, but recovered on his own without having to be stimulated by the nurse. His breathing is fine on his own. So one down and one to go. We will start the bottle tomorrow. Pray that R.J. learns to suck, swallow, and breathe all at the same time to take his bottle and pray that we have patience to help him through it. I don't know who's more excited about the bottle more. .. Mommy or R.J. I'm sure it will be him since he has been going to town on his pacifier lately! Love to all. Continue those prayers! God continues to hold this little guy in the palm of His hand! Praise Him!