Reflecting on days 6 and 7 of Jordan's NICU stay

2011-08-02 12:19:49 by Megs Pollock, Patient Family, as posted on the inside.akronchildrens.org blog.

Jordan’s head continues to appear less swollen. We are so thankful the shunt seems to be working as it should.

We officially checked in at Akron Children's Reinberger Family Center, near the NICU. The rooms are available on a night-to-night basis so you check in and out daily. It’s so convenient to be so close to our Peanut and be able to take the milk across the hall after I pump.

I wish you could see my poor husband get up with me in the middle of the night to pump. I’m not sure he even remembers it.

Jordan is improving daily. We were so excited to have his IV taken out of his head. Now all that’s left are the wires that tell us his heart and breathing rates and his NG (feeding) tube. We now weigh him before and after his feeding to see how much he is consuming.

After the feeding, he is supplemented with his NG tube to make up for the amount he didn’t get from me. We were told that he needs at least 45 cc’s to keep him hydrated. Our biggest issue is that it seems as soon as Jordan smells his mommy he falls asleep. (I never thought I’d have that effect on someone.)

Randy gets pretty nervous to move Jordan around. Not just because of his condition, but as a newborn. He expressed his concern to Wendy, our nurse, and she gave him advice that he shares with everyone who holds the Peanut. “As long as you have the head and butt, the rest will follow.” He hasn’t been nervous since.

Day 7: Happy 1st Father’s Day to Jordan’s daddy.  Our Peanut had it easy this year as far as gifts.

I was surprised during the milk delivery this morning to find that Jordan had been moved to the feeders and growers section of the NICU. This is a less intensive area for the little ones.

Holly, the physician assistant, informed us a couple days ago that Jordan would be fine to go home as far as the neurosurgurgery standpoint, but we have to wait to get his feeding down before we go home.

Our Peanut has yet to gain weight. He either loses very little or stays the same. We talked to the lactation specialist to find some techniques to keep him awake while feeding. Randy and I have found if he’s upset, he eats better. So Randy will take him and weigh him then he seems to wake up to eat some more. We are still pumping to make sure that we keep up with the amount of milk he may need.

Randy experienced his first diaper changing today. I was really hoping Jordan would give him a little spray, but no such luck.

Randy is an amazing daddy. I look forward to watching our Peanut become his daddy’s little buckaroo. He truly looks to our Heavenly father for wisdom as he becomes an earthly father to Jordan.

Read more about Megs and Randy’s journey through her blog, Labor of Love.

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