Thank you for your prayers for Evan! We continue getting good news about his progress; clearly, the prayers are being answered and we couldn't be more grateful parents. I promised more details about my child. Here they are in full force:
Evan has a mess of dark, (dare I say curly), hair on his head and a bit of lighter hair on his shoulders--typical for preemies--he'll lose it later. He has not opened his eyes yet. His upper lip sticks out a bit from his bottom lip and he has a dimple in his chin, just like daddy. His head is a little pointy on top, not quite as rounded as most c-section babies. His fontanelle is still soft which indicates there is not yet too much pressure from the extra fluid in his brain. He'll continue to be monitored by Neurologists for head circumference and fontanelle tenderness over the next few weeks (and his whole life, really) to know how his head is handling the excess fluid.
Evan was taking a little longer than he should to "pink up" after he was born so he was hooked up to an oxygen mask over his nose (CPAP) for the first day to help his lungs expand. Most of the time the added oxygen goes into his lungs but occasionally it goes into his stomach and can cause cramping. He was given a tube down his mouth and into his stomach to filter out this oxygen. He was changed to a less-invasive nasal oxygen tube on Tuesday night and did so well he was taken off all oxygen support on Wednesday night and continues to breath strong on his own. He has a puny cry and the cutest girly squeal when he gets upset. He still gets the hiccups a lot.
Evan was given an IV in his hand for nutrition since he couldn't start feeding until the CPAP was removed. On Wednesday the pediatricians wanted to start real feedings so I attempted breastfeeding. I didn't expect Evan to be so strong at the beginning but it looks like he takes after his daddy's appetite and is quite the sucker, though he tires quickly. To supplement his feedings he has a tiny tube down his nose and into his stomach and he gets fed some formula through there. Once he can adapt to a full diet of breast milk he'll get the IV and feeding tube removed.
Evan's surgery site on his back is healing well. There is about an inch of stitches and then a skin patch about the size of a silver dollar. The goal is for his skin to close over the patch. Until that happens he's being watched by Neurosurgeons to make sure the patch doesn't open up, leak fluid, or get infected. If this happens he'll have an additional minor surgery to close up the skin. For now the area is covered with gauze that gets changed 3 times a day. His pillow is designed to keep him on his side to avoid pressure on his back while it continues to heal.
As if infants aren't hard enough to hold, Evan is especially tricky since you can't put too much pressure on his lower back yet and he has tubes all over that get caught and tangled. I feel a little silly asking for help but the nurses are excellent with getting him out of his bed and into my arms.When I fed him I accidentally stripped off some of his monitors and his oxygen tube. I'm sure I'll get better and I'm sure it'll get easier when he gets his tubes removed. Grandma finally got to hold Evan for 10 minutes before she left on Wednesday. She couldn't get enough of the little guy and I can't blame her--he is quite a cutie.