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the eric update - day 28: eric's four week birthday!

maybe i'll have to stop making "the eric update" if things keep continuing like today. he had the quietest, most serene day he's had yet today. he's on 6 hours of the nasal cannula and 2 hours of the CPAP, which means that he'll probably be off the CPAP soon; his bloody goo is improving and they are suctioning his less often. while he's alarming at a slightly higher rate than previously ( 10-15 "a's" and "b's" a day ), their quality is changing, as they are becoming more "shallow" and he's beginning to recover from some of them all by himself, so even though the number of alarms are higher, the staff are less concerned about them. and he's getting more food - 7 cc's of breastmilk an hour, which leads to the really, really big news; he's up to 1 pound 13 ounces! i think, barring any downturns, that he'll hit the 2 pound mark sometime this week, which will be very exciting. it's staggering to think that he's gained nearly a half a pound in the last month.

late in the night, they put him in his new bedding that we received the other day from a stranger and he loves it! his new bedding helps give his that "bundled" feeling which simulates a womb-like environment. the nurses kept commenting on how neat it was that somebody sent us the bedding because micropreems really enjoy it, which makes you wonder why somebody doesn't mass market the bedding.

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8/01/2004 11:50:00 PM 5 comments


Happy 4 week birthday nephew! In some ways it does not seem possible that a month has gone by, and in other ways it seems like much longer. May there be many more serene days in which all you do is get stronger and gain weight. Postcard is finally in the mail. I could not believe how difficult it was to find a store that sold postcards. I guess I do not live in a touristy suburb of Boston :-) Love, Aunt Monica

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:12 AM  

ahhhh. i was wondering how complete strangers were beating my family to the postcard punch ( except for you candy :-) ).

By Blogger e3, at 12:57 PM  

Hi, I just wanted to let you know that we stumbled across your eric blog a couple of weeks ago and I look forward to checking on little Eric's progress each day - even if it is 'another serene day'! :0)
I'm so pleased he is doing so well. I'm looking out for a postcard, but there does seem to be a distinct lack of them here! I'm sure I will find one soon though.

By Blogger Kirsty, at 4:17 PM  

Eric IV, keep us updated even if it's just another serene day. In fact, let's hope all of them will be! Because of the time difference i always get to see your entries in the morning, and they really are now part of my morning routine. :)

My postcard is also in the mail! :)

By Blogger Kati, at 6:51 PM  

Oops, i messed up the numbers! Eric IV, don't worry about updating Daddy's blog yet, you should really just sleep and rest and grab Mommy's and Daddy's fingers and smile at them. Eric III, the above comment was meant for you. :):)

By Blogger Kati, at 6:53 PM  

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