Welcome to Parenthood: Progress Report 2

The days are kind of blurring together, and I didn’t realize that it had been so long since I posted an update. Kyle has been eating very well, so the doctors have been changing his feeding schedule and the amount he is fed throughout the week. He started on 10cc of milk or formula every three hours, which was elevated to 20cc, then 50cc. Now he is “ad lib, on demand,” meaning he gets fed as much as he wants, as often as he wants it. When I called to check on him this morning, the nurse said that he had been eating 100cc at a shot through the night, but backed down to about 60cc (2 oz.) this morning.

The nutrient and lipid IVs were turned off a couple days ago, though they haven’t removed the IV tube just yet. After Kyle kicked the IV out a couple of times, the nurses put the tube in his left hand, where it has stayed pretty well. I’m hoping they’ll actually remove it today, though.

The nurse I talked to this morning said Kyle would most likely be discharged tomorrow, but it has been very frustrating to have one person tell us “Thursday or Friday” at 2PM, then another say “Friday or Saturday” at 6PM. The difference between Thursday and Saturday may not seem like much to them, but it’s huge to us.

That’s about it. Hopefully, the next time I post it’ll be to say that Kyle is home with his mom and dad (and Rosie & Gil).

7 thoughts on “Welcome to Parenthood: Progress Report 2”

  1. Yea! It sounds as though things are looking up! It is going to be so nice once you have Kyle home and can settle in and do things the way that you and Laura want them done (and hopefully get a little rest too!). Here’s to hoping that he is home sooner rather than later!

  2. Yeah, kinda hard getting a definite release date out of them. MFC had to pressure the staff, then found they weren’t keen on releasing The Youngest Broodling until one of us took some class, CPR/Basic Life Support or some damn thing. She took the class and he came home the next day.

    What really has shocked MFC is how many of the doctors did/do not have children of their own. Sets up a small relatability problem.

    It is nice when your child comes home, especially after an ordeal involving NICU.

  3. Sleepless?

    What’s he got a wife for?

    Oh, I get it, the bed gets cold when she’s up feeding and changing diapers.

  4. Thagg said:

    Sleepless?

    What’s he got a wife for?

    Oh, I get it, the bed gets cold when she’s up feeding and changing diapers.

    Did you just go there? I’m pretty sure you went there.

  5. Hmmm…Yeah, I’m pretty sure it’s 2006 and a few fathers actually get up and feed and change their children in the middle. But, then again, I must be one of those “weak” and “progressive” parents who doesn’t believe his wife should do everything.

  6. Did you just go there? I’m pretty sure you went there.

    Yes, I did. I’ve got three sons. I did on occasion get up in the middle of the night to let MFC sleep. As a general rule, I did not. I did my best to learn to sleep right through it. Given your home situation you may eventually need to learn this, grasshopper.

    But, then again, I must be one of those “weak” and “progressive” parents who doesn’t believe his wife should do everything.

    You confuse waking up in the middle of the night under normal circumstances to feed your child in the most natural and beneficial way possible with everything. Weak indeed is your point.

    Hmmm…Yeah, I’m pretty sure it’s 2006

    Bingo! Although it has nothing to do with the discussion at hand. Call it natural or call it God’s design, women are better at this 0-2yr stint than are men. If you let things flow as intended, it turns out best for the whole family.

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