Happy news for Jacob. He got his chest tube out (a great source of pain) and he has been doing so much better! He seems much more relaxed and comfortable. Not having the chest tube has allowed us to hold him more frequently. It also has allowed Jacob to lay in more comfortable positions and to be swaddled. He really seems to like laying on his tummy and being all wrapped up!
Not only have we been able to hold him, but Landon even got to also! Jacob really responds to Landon's voice and touch. You would think Jacob might get overstimulated but it was quite the opposite. In Landon's arms, Jacob's heart and breath rate slowed down into nice relaxed rhythms. His numbers were reflective of his calm sleep patterns even though he was awake. Jacob couldn't take his eyes off of his big brother. They were very happy together!
Landon is really demonstrating his big brother qualities. He gets so excited to see Baby Jacob and check on how he is doing. He sings or hums to Jacob and plays "Baby Mine" over and over again on the CD player. That is what Mommy always sings at bedtime to Landon and Hazel. Landon says it's Jacob's favorite song too.
We are just working on lowering his vent settings and getting his lungs to "dry out." This seems like the slow part of Jacob's journey. Every day is a back and forth. Change one thing, then change it back. Change another, then change it again. It very much is a two steps forward, one step back game that we are playing. So for now we wait...wait for Jacob's blood gases to improve, wait for his tummy to settle, and wait for his ventilator settings to be weaned.
|Tummy Time with Froggy Woggy (thanks to Landon!)|