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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

At last we reach 3 lbs!
With the weight gain and maturity we are also seeing much more of those baby blues. Miller seems to be more alert every day. He often looks around and responds to the sounds of mom & dad's voices along with the multitude of bells and whistles in the NICU. Mom caught him crossing his eyes yesterday and panicked (yeow!), but the nurses say this is normal and even term babies do it.
Yesterday, one of the nurse practitioners approached mom about Miller's first vaccine-Hepatitis B. With all of the hype about vaccines and Austism these days, we are a little apprehensive about giving our three-pounder a shot so soon. There's a lot of information out there but the trick is in finding current information.
Gestationally, Miller is 31 weeks. This means that in the next couple of weeks he will get to begin learning how to breastfeed and bottlefeed. He is already sucking on his paci like a champ (Maggie Simpson style)! So he is doing well with one of the skills he will need to eat on his own. Learning to suck-swallow-breathe is much trickier than just sucking...and the nurses warn us that this is a big challange for all preemies. We're just looking forward to setting new goals and helping him reach them.
So far, we are having a good week. We pray that Miller's course continues on this path of progression. We know that there are so many of you praying for him and those prayers are essential! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Danny & Stephanie


Campbell's Mom said...

What a chunky monkey! Way to go Miller! Campbell had a hard time with the suck-swollow-breathe too, but they all get it eventually.

Anonymous said...

OMG! I can't say it enough! He is so cute! I love checking the blog and finding new pics! It puts a smile on my face! Keep up the good work. God is on your side! Make sure you really do your research when deciding on whether or not to give him his vaccines! The illnessness that they protect him from are not something you want to mess around with. Especially w an immature immune system. Just give it some thought, you will make the right decision. Have a great weekend! Natalie

Anonymous said...

YEAH! 3 lbs. way to go Miller! We love the new pic, it is great to see his sweet face! It sounds like he continues to be blessed each day by all of your love and devotion, he certainly knows and can feel how much he is loved! We are so happy that he made this milestone 3 lbs is a big deal :)
Love, Didi & Tony

Anonymous said...

I am so glad to hear about how well Miller is doing. We continually bring he and the rest of the family up in our Bible Study. Matthew 18:20

C.L., Ashley, and Jake

kristen said...

This is great news!! He is so alert and has the MOST beautiful eyes...I can't wait to mee him! These new pics are priceless.
Kristen, Josh and Elle