Thursday, January 13, 2011

Light at the End of the Tunnel!!

I haven't updated the blog in a long time because it seems like we have been coasting with not much change.  This week we are making progress!  We have been waiting and waiting patiently for Teegan to slow his respiratory rate down.  They don't try to feed a baby unless they are breathing less than 60 breaths per minute.  So a few weeks ago when he was breathing faster than that they increased his maximum breaths to 70 before they would allow him to bottle feed.  He was still breathing anywhere from 80 to 125 breaths per minute.  And sometimes even more.  The doctors met to discuss his progress or lack thereof.  The decision was made to let him try to bottle feed if he was breathing 90 or less breaths per minute.  The few times he was able to try he did pretty well.  He enjoys to eat!  What can I say?  He didn't fall too far from the tree!  This week he has finally slowed his breathing down the majority of the time and is doing well with the bottle.  Yesterday he took two of his feedings completely from the bottle!!  He takes 50 cc's at each feeding.  Other times he was just too pooped out.  But it finally feels like we are getting somewhere.  Today he will have an MRI on his brain to look for brain bleeds.  They have to sedate him for the procedure so for 12 to 24 hours after he will not be able to bottle feed.  I have faith that the results will be good!  You will see in the pictures below but Teegan is getting to be a little toad.  He weighs 6 lb. 8 oz. and is 19" long!  He gets more and more hair every day and his eyelashes grow longer and longer.  Growing boy! 

Once again, Tim and I can't thank everyone enough for the prayers.  That's definitely what gets us through each day.  We love all of you guys! :)

1 comment:

  1. Cracks me up that you refer to 6 lbs 8 oz as a "toad". Owen weighed an even 6 lbs at birth & he seemed so tiny, but compared to where Teegan started 6 1/2 lbs is definitely a toad indeed. :) Glad to hear he is progressing...slowly, but surely.