Off Oxygen-Today he is being weaned to 0.25 liters. He handled the move from 0.75 to 0.50 quite nicely and had maintained a pulse ox of 100%. So far in the 3 hours I sat watching his numbers, he's been holding steady at 99-100%.
Meeting/Maintaining Goal Feeds-He will now be on compressed feeds of 30 minutes every three hours. He is currently at 63mL of fortified breast milk every 3 hours. This means he will take as much as he can in 15 minutes by bottle, then finish the remains by NG tube in the next 15 minutes. Jacob still needs the nectar thickener to help him get used to swallowing his milk without aspirating. They would like him to be as independent from tube feeds as possible. So far he is taking in about 40mL by mouth and 23mL by tube.
Gaining Weight-Jacob has done very well lately. He is currently about 9lbs 13oz (4.46kg) up nearly 13 oz from last week. Our little baby boy isn't so itty bitty anymore.
Complete Wean of Morphine and Ativan-He is currently at a very minimal amount, but the plan is to move very slowly. He continues to show signs of withdrawal, but the team says he should be completely weaned by next Wednesday, if not sooner!
So I guess we won't be singing "I'll Be Home For Christmas", but whenever Jacob comes home, it'll feel like Christmas as this was the number one thing on all our lists for 2011!
Here's just a few more photos of our handsome lil guy!