Monday, March 06, 2006

Adventures of being at home

Ansel has been home a week now and is growing fast (6lbs. 11ounces today!) He's letting us see more and more of his preferences and dislikes. For example, after being used to the ready made formula in the NICU, the same type formula in the powdered version isn't tolerated as well. He eats it all right but will lose quite a bit of it 15-20 minutes later.. Solution: Heat distilled water when mixing formula, let sit in fridge for awhile, then reheat before serving. Also, keep baby inclined for a period of time after feeding is complete to ensure proper digestion!
The following pictures will illustrate another preference he has! Amazing the communicative capabilities of such a little guy.

He also tries to get rid of his oxygen from time to time. He'll pull it off, put it on his forehead, or even in his mouth. Luckily he does well enough until we see it and get it fixed, which doesn't make him real happy. The nurses think they'll slowly start weaning him off before too long. There's no time estimate there yet, it will just depend on how he handles it and making sure he doesn't get overworked, especially after his recent recovery from pneumonia. He still has times where he breathes a little fast indicating that he's still working harder than he should be.

"We're going WHERE?! Does that mean another shot?"

Afternoon nap...

Evening nap...

Somebody doesn't like his own bed.

"Wonder what this tube tastes like?"


Grandma Jeanne said...

Ansel is a cutie! We are looking forward to having him live with us in Carthage! It's great that mom & dad are getting a few naps in whenever the opportunity arises. Ansel is a full-time job, but such a pleasant one!
Grandma Jeanne

Brett & Melinda Richardson said...

Thanks so much for taking the time to give updates on the blog. We have loved reading about what is going on and being included in your lives. We are so grateful for how everthing turned out for Kerri and Ansel. What a miracle! We are looking forward to seeing our new nephew this summer. We wish we could be at the baby shower tonight. Have fun and continue taking good care of yourselves and that sweet little one!

Brett, Melinda & family