We've beat our record! We've been home for almost two weeks with our baby boy. Going on day 12 we are finally getting quality time with Michael. Watching and learning and hopefully not making many mistakes. He continues to gain weight at a really good level which is above the percentage they were hoping for. This boy continues to amaze me each and every day.
It is so nice being home everyday with him and Zoey. They make the days interesting and make them go by pretty fast as well. I live for Michaels feeding schedule to keep him gaining weight and to keep things fairly normal for him. Today he drank almost two full bottles by himself which is amazing! I joke with his therapists that come to our house and tell them that feeding him is like a sport (Extreme Pacing). You have to pace the bottle carefully and watch his face the whole time to see when he starts to swallow so that you can lower it just slightly. He also has an extreme gag reflex so if you put the bottle or paci in his mouth without him taking it in himself he usually gags pretty good. It's scary because I don't want him to throw up his tube again. I know I need to change it out Friday. Friday he'll have had the same tube in for two weeks which is the limit and it will need to move to the other side.
He is getting to meet all his cousins and hang out with the family now. We get a lot of people asking us about his feeding tube and kids pointing at him asking why his nose is gross. It's kind of funny explaining it to the kids but I think I've narrowed it down to just saying that it's for his milk because he can't drink his bottle yet because he's sick still. Usually that stops the questions from getting out of control.