I got to spend some alone time with Jake today and we snuggled for one hour. He used to have a 30 minute time limit when it came to holding him where he would be requiring extra oxygen. His doctor said that she thinks he "turned a corner" yesterday. His breathing is more relaxed and he is not breathing as fast as he was. He is still on a nasal cannula and is requiring about 30% regularly...sometimes more, sometimes less.
He is getting 28 ml (almost 1 ounce) of breastmilk or formula every 3 hours. It still goes through the tube in his mouth. They said tomorrow we might try non-nutritive sucking - this means we will attempt breastfeeding but it will basically just be to test what he does. He is tolerating his feedings well and having lots of wet and dirty diapers.
He has a new sense of calmness to him. He did seem restless often and would cry frequently. Now he has awake and alert times when he is quietly looking around.
I will update with pictures soon.
Being home is wonderful but been very emotional without him home. There is also a new reminder of my dad's passing. When I was in the hospital, it was easy to shift my focus on Jake and myself. Now, every trip to the hospital we pass by the cemetery and the funeral home and it is hard to not wish he could have been here to meet Jake. I know he is looking down on us and I just have to find peace in that.
Thanks for all of the love and support everyone has given us.
Jake's Godparents (Matt and Erin) are coming this weekend as well as Pete's brother, Tim and his girlfriend, Brit. It should be a nice distraction from Jake's absence and it will also be nice to take them to see him. Matt and Erin are bringing not only their wonderful selves but food for the weekend - what a generous idea! We are so thankful and can't wait to introduce them to their Godson!