Davis had another good/uneventful night. :) Rounds today were also very positive and the doctors all think he's continuing to make great progress and finally made the first mention of him being close to leaving the CICU area. This means we'll move up to the 9th floor where we'll stay to perfect his feeding and get comfortable with taking him home. For today, the plan has been to continually decrease his oxygen levels and pull his transpyloric feeding tube (bypasses his stomach and feeds his intestine) back so he gets food into his stomach now. This has all gone well so far. He is doing really well with the lower O2 levels, and he seems to be happily in a food coma right now, sleeping soundly. It has to feel good to finally have some food in his belly after 10 days of life! We started off with a bottle because they want to see how much volume he's able to take by mouth, then they switched to his feeding tube again after he ate about 5ml on his own. Not too bad for his first shot! But he certainly seems strong enough to feed, he just needs to get the process down. After having the ventilator tube in for so long, it can take a little while to get the hang of that sucking instinct again. But Davis is very happy today, and we're continuing to take turns holding him, which he loves. He's also proving to be very strong and independent already. He likes to hold onto his own pacifier, and even held in his oxygen canula for a while yesterday. He also likes to make faces and has been keeping us highly entertained. Now the goal is to get him upstairs and then home asap...so we'll just keep rooting him on as he does all the tough work that will get him home.
Taking his first milk by mouth
Being super independent and holding his own pacifier