Saturday, April 18, 2009

Movin' On Up

We've had a pretty busy week here in room 5324! Ethan's had a lot of visits from family and friends, and we've enjoyed the company. Jeramie and I also left Ethan with the grandparents Wednesday night so that we could go out for a date night. It was nice to spend time together outside of the hospital, and we're thankful for our parents who agreed to hang out here!

Not much has changed since I last updated. Ethan's feeds are up to 17 ml/hr, which is on track to reach our goal tomorrow afternoon! He seems to be tolerating them pretty well; he has only spit up twice, and the doctors seem to think it was "normal baby" spit up. We are watching him for signs of reflux, though, since heart babies tend to have problems with this.

We may have stumbled upon a little bit of beginner's luck with the bottle feeding on Tuesday. Since then he hasn't seemed very interested in the bottle and only took very small amounts by mouth on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. However, today he drank 8 ml!! This is the most yet, and the therapist was very encouraged by his progress. Way to go, Ethan!

Probably the biggest news of all involves the word H-O-M-E. If all continues to go well with his feeds, it looks like THURSDAY might be our day!!! Yes, THIS Thursday! We are so very ready to get out of Duke! Although we feel like we're obligated to be Duke fans now, we'd rather not spend another week in this place. Please pray that Ethan would tolerate the compression of his feeds and that we can get back to Plum Frost Dr.

That's all for now. Keep the prayers coming, especially over these next few days. The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter and brighter and we're running towards it with all our might!


Anonymous said...

YEAH!!!! I am so encouraged and excited for you all. Buy some will be really weird to be out in the "open" once you are discharged! Congratulations! We will keep praying and know that we are always thinking about you.
Love, The Pratt's

Littlefoot Estrada said...

Congrats on all the great news! I know Ethan will continue to show you all his tricks! Hopefully, home is on your way very soon!

Anonymous said...

YAY!! SUCH excitement! Can't wait til you're out and home!

Janet Fuller said...

It is always good to have something to look forward to and always a blessing to see how much God has blessed as you look back over the past few weeks. Ethan has touched so many lives in his short 6 weeks and also you and Jeramie. You have honored God in praising his name through your posts. It has been uplifting to many to pray for each of you during this time. I excitedly wait to see what all God has in store for you, Jeramie, and Ethan. God bless your precious family! I wish we could see you all.
Hey, I have an idea. Mom and Terry are driving out to KC this week, if you and Jeramie need an extended break.... ok... I guess it is a little to early for that. : )

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