Big day today! It was our first venture out of the house to his first check up. He now weighs 6 lb 2 oz. Yeah! He slept the whole way there, was great in the doctor office, and slept the whole way home. My only obstacle was trying to get the car seat out of the car. Thank goodness for phones with the internet and youtube.
I’ve had a steady stream of visitors this week! It’s been fun to introduce him to friends and family. Looking forward to warmer weather so we can get outside.
Arthur has fit right into the Mewes household! Last Friday, when he came home, was a little jarring for him. But by Saturday I could see him get back into a similar eating/sleeping routine like we had at the hospital. His mellow attitude is still the case at home too. He only gets upset when mommy takes 15 mins to change his onesie. 🙂
He and I are still finding our feeding rhythm, but I’m confident it will figure itself out. He is doing great gaining weight though! I appear to have enough milk for triplets or something, so I’m working through getting my milk production to match his eating.
– 3/6 birth weight: 4 lb 12 oz
– Weight at discharge 3/21: 5 lb 2.2 oz
– Weight today 3/24: 5 lb 10 oz!
We just love him to pieces!
He gets two bottles of breast milk 2 times a day that we add extra calories and nutrition. So far he has no problem going from bottle to nursing.
Fresh and clean after his first bath at home!
Grandma Nancy and Grandpa Mike came by to visit
No me digas!
Sunday night the moved Arthur to the crib! He is able to regulate his own temp, milestone 1 of 2 to going home. Eating is the remaining challenge and he is doing excellent. He was able to breath, suck, and swallow a couple days after he was born. Since then he had built up the stamina to nurse consistently throughout the day and take in 75% to 100%+ his prescribed intake of 40ml. He started bottle feeding Monday night while I was away. He needs to show he can take 50%+ orally in a 24 hr period over a few days. I don’t think this will be an issue. I’ll start staying overnight this week leading up to this weekend, when we can hopefully take him home.
We bought remaining items this week. Crib, dresser, other odds and ends. Chris assembled the crib tonight and it looks great! Artie’s room is coming together. We are both busy cleaning and organizing in the evening. We are so excited to get him home. 🙂
Pictures from the past few days…thanks for all the well wishes!
Our little man is one week old today! He continues to do great. He is being fed 40ml milk at each feeding, and is able to nurse anywhere from 32 (typically his morning feedings) down to 15 (typically more in the afternoon after a hard days work!) Everyone is saying that kind of nursing is really uncommon for a baby his gestational age (34 weeks 2 days today). He knows what it will take to get outa here!
Here are pics from the past few days. We’ll start to dress him up when he moves to a crib soon.
What should be my Week 34 blog, has ended up being Week 1 for sweet baby Arthur! Sooo much has happened in the past 5 days, and the be able to say how excited we are with how he’s doing feels amazing.
I woke up to get ready for work, headed to the bathroom, and in the process of moving from one room to the other my water broke. We were in disbelief and really assumed it was something else or a false alarm. We called the Dr who said to head to the hospital triage to get looked at. We hastily packed a bag and off we went.
In triage they confirmed my water did break, and basically said I was not leaving the hospital. Whether it took 2 days of 2 weeks to deliver him. Yikes! I had a feeling given how fast things were going, it would be quick. And it was. I was in the room by 9am. I was contracting at that time but it was more like a dull ache. At 12:30 a switch flipped and I was really feeling them! At 2:00 I started pushing and Arthur Cole Mewes joined us at 2:22pm! I went without pain medication and I’m really glad I did. I think it has been a big part of my quick recovery and it also helped ensure Art didn’t have anything additional to deal with. Aside from the fact he came early, overall I’m proud of how great the delivery went and so thankful for Chris for being a wonderful husband and helping me through it. And he surprised me with a beautiful pair of earrings for a ‘push present!’ Arthur and I are so lucky to have him. 🙂
Chris carried Arthur to the NICU right away where they started him on a cpap machine to help with his breathing. They also started IVs and other precautionary things. But he was such a good breather they took him off the cpap 7 hrs later. He has been at 100% with his O2 ever since. He had a good first night. Chris and I spent time next to him which helped ease into the reality of it all.
Each day over the weekend was better then the previous! He increased his food intake each day. He was sleeping well. He actually started breast feeding for a little bit Sunday and was able to breath, suck, and swallow. This is not typical for a 33 weeker! He is so tiny, but everything about him is working as it should. Today, they removed his IV and he is done with light therapy. The big goals for him now before he can leave are to eat on his own for all his feedings, and regulate his body temp on his own. He gets pretty tuckered out breast feeding right now so I expect if will be a few more weeks until he graduates. He is working so hard!
…so that’s the quick story! I’ll share more about his progress and also pictures as I’m able.
APGAR Check, he was a 8-9
First bed in the NICU
This week I had some girlfriends at work throw a work shower for me, very sweet! People on my team put in for a group gift to get a couple things off my registry. I also got some really sweet boy clothes and a “gift for mom,” a bottle of wine from another good work friend! It was so nice. Makes me excited for my shower coming in a few weeks, and my family in town to boot!
Later today we are going to assess the feng shui of the baby room and do some rearranging. We need to fit a yet to be purchased crib and dresser. Once we get those items I’ll feel better about fitting everything in. It will be a tight fit but should work.
Otherwise 32 weeks still feels great! We are anxious to see him!