Monday, October 26, 2009

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Ellis will be two months old tomorrow! He is doing very well. Today, he was moved from high humidity (3 liters of pressure and room air) to low flow. Low flow is oxygen support that he can come home on if necessary. It is 100% oxygen and very, very low flow. He started at 1 liter of pressure and is already down to .4 - he will continue to be weaned at a rate of .1 over the next day or so. Also, he is completely free of all meds! The last dose of morphine was a few days ago. He is happy and alert, and only cries when he is hungry, tired, or needs a diaper change. Um…just like a baby.

Ellis' most recent accomplishment is how well he is eating. He took to both the bottle and nursing like he has been doing it since day one. And he is able to transition between bottle and nursing with ease. Currently, he is receiving 90ml (3oz) of breast milk every 3 hours. He is taking between 40 to 65ml from the bottle and the remainder is then given through the feeding tube. When I nurse, he gets an additional 45ml bolus feeding. It may take a bit for him to get to 90ml by mouth since his stomach has never had to handle large volumes over a short period of time.

Some of Ellis' new moves...

12 comments:

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLIS!!! Your Aunt Jennifer is SO proud of you and loves seeing your new moves! I can't wait to see you when you're home with you mom, dad, and big sister. Keep up the great work. Sending lots of love and kisses!

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  2. Precious, precious baby boy! Ellis knows his mama's voice- what a smile! thanks for sharing the joy...Kath

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  3. Love to see the smile. Congrats.
    The Brinkmann's

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  4. Happy Birthday Ellis!! That's absolutley gorgeous. So very happy for you all
    xxx
    kirsti

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  5. Thank you for that :-) That made us all smile! We are so proud of you Ellis, and can't wait to meet you someday soon!!! Hugs from us to you and your Mom and Dad and big sister. We love you all!

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  6. The best video ever. Go Ellis, Go. He smiled at me the other night. He is such a good boy. I told him to keep up the good work. Slava

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  7. Bryan, Mulima and LilatoOctober 27, 2009 at 7:26 PM

    That's really great! Go Ellis! Hope you enjoyed your birthday and we're looking forward to getting to share many future ones with you.

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  8. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
    Love, Jen, Mike, Simon and Clara

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  9. That smile is the most wonderful thing I've seen in a long time!!! So amazing!! <3

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  10. AMAZING!!! What a sweet, sweet boy. I loved how he responded to your voice. What a little fighter he is. I know you must be so proud of him. And I know everyone is so proud of you guys--there is no doubt that he is responding to all the love!!! Keep up the good work Ellis and Happy Birthday. Emily (Ann's friend).

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  11. Way to go Ellis babyyyyy! Looking forward to seeing those moves in person one of these days.
    mg n sf

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  12. I just wanted to let you know that your baby boy is perfect in everyway! I will pray for your family and ellis and i have faith that God will grace him with a full miraculous recovery!

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