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