Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Brevon is already introducing me to spiderman cartoons!

I'm so relaxed! Dad knows how to help me chill. And I do love my sleep sheep!

Owen started his new feeding schedule last night. He slept through the night from 11pm to 6am. It was great! He woke up in a happy mood this morning. He did tummy time, rolled from his side to his belly and from his belly to his side. He enjoyed play time on the floor for longer than usual. He took some of his 8:30am bottle. He went back to sleep for his feeding via the Gtube afterward. He wasn’t as fussy during the afternoon; which has been his new trend. So far, it looks like a good night’s sleep is going to make a big difference for him. We’re hoping that solid rest will help him be more organized with his suck, swallow, breathe skills, and he will be more successful with bottle feeding.

We’re working on new exercise strategies to help him improve his feeding skills. We’re back to only doing the bottle two times a day again. But we’re doing more positive oral exercises. The nutritionist and the speech therapist are wonderful! They’ve both got a lot of experience, and are helping to explore options for increased success.

Owen also started Zantac yesterday. He hasn’t been on that since before the Gtube. The gagging episodes appear to be reflux; minus the spitting up of course with the nissen. They say it will take a week to see the effect of the medication. We’re hoping that eventually it helps him be more comfortable and more open to feeding experiences.

He weighs 11lbs and 3oz!! –Thank you, Gtube, for his steady growth. And brain development!

I went to the good ole L&N building today. We have to wait 7-10 days to receive the determination on his eligibility for continued Medicaid coverage. I sure hope he’s eligible. We don’t have a lot of childcare options otherwise.
Tomorrow, we’re visiting Sproutlings. The First Steps people say its so great it will “blow you away.” We want to be sure that Owen is in the right hands during the daytime hours. Its not on the way to work like Kidz Club, but it sounds like it’ll be a place where we can be confident he’s getting the best care.

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