Yesterday Owen was moved down to the level two NICU. This is a good thing because level two means he's getting better. The bad part about this move, from my perspective, is that he no longer receives as much attention. Before in level three, it was one nurse to two babies, now there are four babies to one nurse. He still has the same team of doctors following him and luckily his new location is closer to the main entrance and he still has a spot in the corner making it easier for us to get to him and gives us more space while we're there to sit by him.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Last night he took his first bottle. We called the nurse at about 11:30 and found out that he had taken about 3/4 of his milk and the last quarter she gave to him through his feeding tube. She also gave our little guy a bath, which I was so grateful for. I'm only able to be with Owen for a few hours each day and I've been worried about how he's being taken care of and was so relieved to talk with a wonderful nurse who was being attentive and caring for him. This is a great achievement, unfortunately today when I was there he wouldn't take the bottle for me, so I'm hoping the nurse was able to get him to take the bottle tonight. He has to be able to take all of his feedings by bottle or nursing before he can come home. So we're moving in the right direction. He's still on the nasal cannula, no longer has an IV and is finally starting to get rid of his orange jaundice tint. So most likely we are looking at another week with him in the NICU.
Mike's parents went home tonight and my mom should be back tomorrow some time. Mike is also heading back to work. Other than that, we are just trucking along. Here are some pictures from the past few days.