Wendy and I visited Colton today for his 11:00 a.m. feeding. Wendy did most of the feeding today with a little help from the OT at the end. Colton gets his 2nd bottle tonight at 11:00 p.m. The neonatologist feels that if he does well at his 11:00 p.m. feeding tonight, he will move up to 3 bottles tomorrow! We are keeping our fingers crossed that he does well tonight.
His weight was 5lbs 14.5oz as of this morning. When I spoke to his nurse this evening, he is now at 5lbs 15.9oz. That's essentially .1oz away from 6lbs. It's hard to say exactly but he may be over the 7lb. mark when he gets to come home in a few weeks. The tough part in all this is there really is no way to predict when he comes home exactly. It's all up to him and how he does on his bottle feeds. There are some other milestones/tests he must pass as well and we'll get to those as he moves closer to the coming home date.
Texas Woman's is undergoing a huge expansion right now. They have opened up their new wing and are currently remodeling the "old" section (where we are right now). In Colton's "Pod" (section of the NICU), there are about 8 babies right now. Well, that will be changing over the weekend. The Level III NICU (where Colton spent the first couple of weeks of his life) will be remodeled soon, so those babies are moving to a section of the Level II NICU. Long story short, we will be busting at the seams in our pods with babies soon! As if the NICU wasn't a stress simulator before, it will make Houston rush hour traffic a walk in the park. Level II NICU is supposed to move the new part of the building in April. Our hope is that Colton will never get to see that new real estate. :)
Wendy continues to improve and we keep chugging along with day-to-day activities. However, we always keep Colton close in our thoughts when we aren't spending time with him at the hospital. Looking forward to the day we bring him home, get past cold, flu and RSV season, and get to show off what we think is the cutest little guy in the world. All the best to you and your family....Bret, Wendy, Sydney and Colton.