Today was an awesome day. When we got to the hospital the nurses has just taken the central line out of Brecken's arm which meant he is now completely on breast milk. He is now getting 23 cc's a feeding and he is steadily growing. Over the past few days he has been growing like a weed and he is now at 3 lbs. 8 ounces.
We thought it would be at least a week more before we tried to breast feeding, but the nurses told us to just see what would happen. He did awesome. He latched on and was able to breast feed while also receiving food through his feeding tube, which runs down through his nose. It was an awesome experience because he is actually starting to act more like a baby. As he breastfed he was wide awake and kept looking around and playing with my hair.
Furthermore, today made both John and I really appreciate Thanksgiving. We are so thankful that Brecken is healthy and growing. Even though he is small we know that he is a fighter. He has such a personality and we know that he will keep us on our toes.
We are also so thankful for all those who have helped us during this difficult time. The same week Brecken was born we also bought a house. John keeps joking that all we needed to do was get a dog and then we would have completed the American Dream in one week. Over the last few weeks tons of our friends have come together to move us from our old house to our new home. The phone calls, letters, and visits from friends have meant so much to us and we are so thankful to have all of you in our lives.
Finally we are so thankful for our family. It has been their continual help, love, and support that has helped to make this trial bearable. We are especially thankful for Brice and Cyndee. Not only have they opened their home up to us while we are here in Denver, but they have fed us, entertained us, and have made their home feel like our home.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!