(Colby has this new "whistle face" he's discovered. I'm still not sure what it means, but it's cute either way.)
(He's getting bigger and filling out his clothes better. You can tell by the blur in his legs that he likes to kick his legs around quite a bit.......................P.S.Remember you can click on any of the pictures to make them larger.)
Sorry for not updating the blog over the weekend. Things were extremely busy and now a days, when you don't see any entry, it's usually because there's nothing new to report.
Colby is doing well. Nothing too new to report. His liver test came back showing his bilirubin (spelling) was high. But the doctors anticipated that. Tracey and I got shown how to draw up his medication. Nothing too tough at all. We simply draw it up in a syringe, but without the needle. Then put his medications in his milk when we feed him.
His weight has plateaued a bit. He has hovered around 5 pounds 8 ounces for a bit now. The doctors want him to grow more as he's a little behind, even for a preemie. So they're adding a couple more calories to his feedings. Hopefully his belly will tolerate it well.
At this point, it's pretty much just his dependence on the oxygen that's keeping him in the hospital. I think tomorrow or Wednesday they may test him again.
They did a hearing test on his last week. His left ear passed without any issues, but they said he failed on his right ear. So Tracey, the wanna-be specialists that we are, did our best to determine how his hearing is in his right ear by covering his left and making sounds near his right ear. As best we can tell, it's in our "professional opinion" that Colby hears very well in both ears. haha
The physical therapist was saying that she wanted to see if he could lift his head. When she was watching him, he wasn't doing much. But I know that he can very easily lift his head up towards his chest. Or at times when I have him on his belly lying against my chest, he will push right up with his arms pick his head up and look around! So I take all of that as good news....but we've just got to get him to do it for the therapist too!
Yesterday was our baby shower. Tracey and I had a hard time "allowing" our family to do this as people have been just so wonderful is helping and supporting us from day one of our journey. But they were adamant that we needed one. It's always great to have family together, no matter what the reason! Thank you all so very much!!!
For the past couple weeks, I've had a bit of a hard time with the whole hospital thing. I've been totally worn out from going there every day. But I find that so much is in the way you look at things. I can either focus on how tired I am, or I can focus on all that we have going for us and take a deep breath and recharge as we're truly on the home stretch now. Yes, it's been over 4 months since this whole journey began, but look at where we are.....our son is doing great. He's been faced with many obstacles and isn't out of the woods yet. But we can already say that he's overcome so much.
We painted his room last week. I can't wait to start piecing his room together. What a cool thing to organize a room where your child will come home to. I can image it's a neat event for anyone expecting a child. But it has to be different when you really know your baby...have held them, fed them, etc. Each time we visit with Colby we can't help but to think that we simply want him home. It's a very exciting thing to know that he'll be home "soon". So I'm feeling rejuvenated and re energized to keep our spirits up and get Colby home!