Our little Miracle

Our little Miracle
"And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon him." ~Luke 2:40

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Chubby Cheeks

Its been a few days since my last post.  I was sick (head cold) and trying my best to stay in beds and take extra vitamin C and Zinc.  I felt better today and made it out to see Austin, with a face mask on, of course.   The past few days my husband has gone to visit with Austin and really enjoyed his time with his baby boy.  He changed his diaper and his outfit yesterday 12/21, for the first time!  Yay daddy!!! (Now, no excuses when he comes home! haha)

With the Christmas season here and my life at the hospital, I am busy.  All of my days have run into one another... and if it weren't for the calendar hanging to the right of me, I would know neither the day of the week nor the date of the month.  :o)  As well as loosing track of the actual date, I have to now look at my "notes" on Austin to update these past few days!  I'll start at the 20th....  Austin was up 50 g = 1443 grams which is 3 lbs 3 oz.  His required oxygen level (FIO2's) are hanging out between 25%-28%.  He is doing well.  His feeds are at 28 mls.  He is doing well, but a bit fussy.  Daddy went to visit him and held him and sang lullaby's for a few hours!  Daddy's little champ!
December 21-  Austin had his first eye exam today.  His left eye is a stage 0 (no abnormalities) and his right eye is a stage 1 (minute abnormality- usually fixes itself as eye matures).  He will be checked again in two weeks to see if his right eye has improved or progressed.  He gained 85 grams = 1528 grams = 3 lbs 5 oz.  Daddy changed his diaper and clothes for the first time today.  Austin's such a teeny tiny little guy, his legs stretched out only go to the knee of his outfits! SO FUNNY!!!  While being suctioned and messed around with, Austin had a minor A+B episode, needed a little stimulation to come out of it.  Will keep his CPAP pressure at a peep of 6.

TODAY.....  December 22, 2011.... Austin gained 16g = 1544grams = 3lbs 6oz.  (almost double his birth weight--3lbs 10oz)  He has really chubby cheeks.  He is just the sweetest!   His feeds have been increased to 30 mls and he is doing well.  His caffeine has been increased, as well, to fit his new weight gain.  His FIO2's have consistently been between 28%-30%.  The doctors kept his peep at 6, due to another A+B episode this early morning.  His nurse said its while pushing down for a bowel and said it lasted 40 seconds and he came back up on his own.  As much as I am ready for them to ween Austin off the CPAP, its okay that they are being careful.  So, as long as he doesn't have another A+B in the next 24 hours, he will be weened to a peep of 5.  If he does well at 5, and his FIO2 doesn't rise, he will soon be windowed with a cannula.  :o)  Such a big boy!  Here is a picture of him today.... he is still on the CPAP, but this was taken while his nurse was doing care... she removed CPAP for a short rest for his nose and to apply some ointment.

Look at my full, chubby cheeks!!!!
(He loves when they take those prongs out of his nose!!)
(Hates when they put them back!)

Again.... thank you for your continued prayers, thoughts and kind words.  I hope to update before Sunday, but if I do not.... MERRY CHRISTMAS to each and every one of you.  May the presence of the Lord, Jesus Christ, reign in you!  May your Christmas be filled with love, joy and happiness!  Many Blessings to all!!! 


  1. Merry Christmas to all of you as well. You guys are an amazing family. Keep doing well Austin.

    FEB 12 mama

  2. Your little boy is amazing! I'm glad to hear he's doing so well.

    I'm due in February, and have had several episodes of preterm labor, and Austin's story gives me so much hope that my little boy can also be healthy if he comes early.

    I hope you, Austin, and your family have a wonderful and blessed Christmas!