November 16, 2009

Week Five: Getting Closer...

Charlie-man is doing incredibly well these days. He has completed 4 full weeks in the NICU and is hitting all of his benchmarks. Now at 5 pounds 12 ounces (he was born at 4lb. 2oz), he’s breathing well, his temperature is great, and he’s now eating 100% by mouth. So the nurses have removed his feeding tube, which means you’ll soon be seeing pictures of him without tape or tubes on his face. He was also moved up to a less critical room in the Special Care wing of the main Nursery, which means that even the doctors are happy with his progress.

Charlie has also already passed his car seat test. This is a major hurdle for many preemies, and it must be completed before they can be discharged. He was required to sit in his car seat for two hours without any severe dips in his oxygen levels. So having passed that major milestone he’s that much closer to coming home. We’re cautiously optimistic, but we hope to have him home very soon.

Each day is a new adventure with this little man. He loves to blow our minds with his new tricks and his zen-like handle over his surroundings. He’s an amazing little guy. He refuses to get worked up over small details and he already shows an intense focus on his tasks. We’re so incredibly proud of him and can’t wait to have him all to ourselves.

WooooHoooo....
During a diaper change, Charlie used his hands to distract us while he proceeded to pee all over the place.

Weee Are the Champions...
Weee Are the Champions...


Mama and Charlie, havin' some snuggle time.
Mama and Charlie, havin' some snuggle time.

Charlie and Daddy spend some quality time
Charlie and Daddy spend some quality time

2 comments:

OZSkier said...

Great news!

Lesley said...

Wow, he looks so much bigger too! Great to see that he's thriving - he'll be home soon!