Guess who is happy to be eating from a bottle?
As you can see, it took a little coaxing to convince him to wake up from his nap and eat. However, once he figured out how delightful 5 mL of breast milk could be, he was off to the races. He's had two days in a row of eating like a champ and not spitting up afterwards.
It's a slow start-- his full feeds right now are 90 mL every 3 hours through his feeding tube. We are at 5 mL every 24 hours by mouth. The P-nut has a long way to go, but he has most definitely inherited the Knoll family's love of eating! Our speech therapist Penny is quite proud. (I should also mention that our OT Bernadette gave us an A+ on our homework for this week. My nerd heart is happy.)
He continues to do well on his oxygen wean (he's at 2L flow and about 21-25% oxygen right now, with a possible wean happening tomorrow or Friday!), which means that as his oxygen goes down, his oral intake can go up. He is doing well so far coordinating his sucking, swallowing, and breathing, but as the amount increases, so will the amount of work he has to do and the ensuing fatigue. Still praying that he can learn how to eat and that his little system can handle it all. I think we're off to a great start!
Parker agrees. And he thinks Cat in the Hat is hilarious.