Wednesday, September 21, 2011

3 Weeks old!!

Wow I am amazed! Preston is already 3 weeks old! My little guy has brought such joy and thankfulness to our lives. I constantly find myself thinking about the miracle that he is and how God has blessed us so tremendously with him. It is hard to believe that he should even be here yet, that he should still be inside for nearly 3 more weeks. And I can't even begin to imagine my life without him.
At 3 weeks (and technically still not full term) he is still sleeping most of the time. He wakes to feed and has very very short periods of awake time, about 15-20minutes at a time. Although the other night he was awake for nearly 3 and a half hours in the middle of the night.
He is nursing very well and as of monday has not needed the nursing shield for most of the feedings, which is such a blessing. He nurses about every 2-2.5hr hours, and nurses anywhere between 15-45 minutes. He likes the football hold the most. He is also still be supplemented with my fortified breast milk 3 times a day. He takes anywhere between 1/2 to 1.5ounces from the bottle. He almost ALWAYS gets hiccups after eating, poor guy. I am also thinking that he is suffering from reflux as he does lots of coughing after eating. He is voiding and stooling tremendously well, but unfortunately he has some really irritated skin on his bottom. He actually was irritated in the NICU but it just hasn't gotten any better. I am actually going to try some cloth diapers for a little while and see how they work to clear his bum up....
He is wearing preemie and newborn clothing, as well as newborn diapers. He LOVES to be swaddled, and we are using the Miracle blanket as well as just regular blankets to swaddle. He really seems to like being in his carseat and sleeps well in the van.
We actually attempted to do a newborn photo shoot with my tremendously talented friend but he was not at all cooperative, so we will be trying again next week. But here is a sneak peak at what we got so far...

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