As mentioned earlier, Xi En had started practising on bottle feeding for 5 mins every alternative feeds. His feeds had increased to 42ml per 3hourly instead of 2hourly. This is to get him used to a 3hourly feed when he is ready to come home; to make things easier for the parents. 🙂 The nurses told us he can really express his displeasure nowadays! When it is close to feeding time or when he is uncomfortable, he can really CRYYYYYY!!!! hahha.. We are actually quite pleased to hear that! This means that he is working his lungs well! 🙂
Also, his SpO2 level is much stable now as compared to before. His lung x-ray result didn’t show any abnormalities as well. PTL! 🙂 Right now, he is able to finish about 10ml to 12ml per feed before he gets really tired and dozes off. Thereafter the nurses will pour the remaining feed through the feeding tube which they have channelled through the nose instead of previously through the mouth. This is to rid him of any blockages while he is trying to suckle.
Mummy had a go at feeding him too!; nurse was asking why my hands were shaking! Well.. first-time mum’s nerves right? 😛 Practice makes perfect, I gather. 🙂
What do you get for giving birth? We had often joked about this before I was pregnant. I asked Kim – some have diamonds, some have LV bags, what will you give me for giving birth? (since mine was a difficult pregnancy; I should have a “bigger” pressie?! :P). haha.. of course the biggest reward is our little Ethen. BUT it never hurt for a little gift giving, right? 🙂
My hubby decided to be really sweet and bought me the latest phone in town – IPHONE 3Gs – for a fairly good deal! 🙂 But honestly, for a self confessed technology-dummy, I am not sure who is enjoying the phone more now… 😛
Nonetheless, it is a really cool gadget (especially after our friend “prisonbreak” it!). You will probably see me more on fb, msn now! 🙂
I am happy to announce that Xi En’s weight is now 2.18kg. It is definitely a great improvement from his birth weight of 1.27kg! He is looking much chubbier, rosier and cutier. 🙂
The doctors have started him on bottle feeding every alternate feeds for 5 minutes. Thus he is learning how to coordinate breathing and drinking at the same time now. This might come naturally for a full term baby but for a premature baby; this act of sucking and breathing requires much effort and energy. Rightfully, at 36 weeks, he should still be in my womb, relying on the placenta for nutrients. But he is doing his best now, prematurely learning the art of feeding. 🙂
In the midst of feeding and post feeding, Xi En’s SpO2 level often cycles up and down. Kim and I will stare hard at the monitoring machine like a hawk; encouraging and reminding Xi En to breathe and breathe.
Due to his fluctuating SpO2 level, Xi En also had a lung x-ray done to rule out any abnormalities in the lungs. We are getting the results later and “prayerfully”, all will be well. 🙂 Stay tuned for more updates on this little fighter’s journey. 🙂