â€œHeâ€™s tiny.â€ As Iâ€™ve mentioned before, itâ€™s an actual honest-to-goodness medical diagnosis. One weâ€™ve heard all to often. So much of the boys prognosis relies on their growth.
â€œTheyâ€™ll grow out of it.â€
â€œWhen theyâ€™re bigger this wonâ€™t be an issue.â€
â€œNo new update today. Theyâ€™re growing, which is what they need to be doing.â€
I think itâ€™s the neo-natologists favorite NICU analysis.
Search and Destroy both weigh exactly 1,600 grams today â€“ the equivalent of 3.5 pounds. Both are still on the nasal cannula with one liter of oxygen. Search is taking 60 percent of his feedings via bottle. I think heâ€™d be able to take more if he didnâ€™t spend the hour before mealtime suckling and mouthing to let us know heâ€™s ready for food. By the time his milk, fortifier and vitamin milkshake concoction is ready â€“ heâ€™s spent. Destroy is 100 percent interested in the bottle, but he still hasnâ€™t quite made the swallowing connection.
Guess what the consensus is on when theyâ€™ll figure out bottle-feeding completely. You got it â€“ when theyâ€™re bigger. (34 weeks is the standard for babies to suck and swallow with purpose.)
Dr. Yuri Knauer is taking care of the muppets this week. This morning he stopped by to look at our boys. â€œEesh, first weâ€™ve got to get ride of this girly blanket,â€ he teased. Please note â€“ the blanket he referred to is an adorable unisex green with a soft minky fabric. Then he mocked Destroyâ€™s paw print onesie while telling us his lungs sounded good.
I explained to Dr. Knauer that he was WAY off base about the onesie. Snips and snails and puppy dog tails anyone? Thatâ€™s what little boys are made of!
â€œSo in your professional opinion, when can we expect them to come home?â€ Jon asked as the doctor moved over to examine Search.
â€œProbably 3-4 weeks.â€ A forever away. As quickly as the time goes by, the slower the days get.
Jon and I sighed. â€œTheyâ€™re never going to come home,â€ Jon moaned. You ever get that feeling of exhaustion, the despair that the battery is going out on the light at the end of your tunnel? Deep breath. In the grand scheme theyâ€™ll be home soon. But, and excuse me for a moment here, AARGH!
The doctor looked down at a squirmy little Search. He assured him that no matter what, heâ€™ll always have a home because he would gladly take the little man home. Itâ€™s good to know our boys are so loved by their nurses and doctors, but Iâ€™m still really looking forward to taking them home.
Dr. Knauer then shared his bets were on Search to come home first. But given their competitiveness, I say anythingâ€™s possible. â€œTheyâ€™re tiny. They need to get bigger,â€ he proclaimed. â€œThat and change the silly shirt. And thatâ€™s my official medical opinion.â€
Given that the nurses seem to think their wards will be home sooner, (and everyone knows the nurses really run the hospital) I bet the doctor was just being conservative with his estimate. Iâ€™ve noticed that a lot about the Kaiser docsâ€¦ Additionally, Dr. Knauer obviously has some misconceptions about our boys â€“ given that he doesnâ€™t like the blankie or outfit.