Lets talk about sleep
Sleep is a funny thing with a premie. Thats pretty much all he wants to do. He sleeps in three hour stretches at night and has only just started to howl when hungry. Otherwise we are setting the alarm at the three hour mark to wake his skinny butt up to eat.
His awake time is pretty limited but when he is awake he is so alert! He turns his head and grunts and then sucks his hand and kicks like crazy.
Right now we are breast and bottle feeding (pumped breast milk). We offer breast every other feeding and then supplement with pumped. I would love to be exclusively breast feeding but its alot of work for him and he needs the food so for now we will do whatvwe have to.
Ive been really lucky to have some great lactation nurses available to help me with learning to breastfeed. Its hard with a premie, he has so little energy and forgets what he is doing so easily. But we will prevail!!
Also thanks to the wonderful suggestions of many of you, we do a ton of skin to skin snuggles!! Its awesome and I really feel like that is what assisted us in getting out ofthe hospital so quick. As soon as we started skin to skin his desat episodes disappeared.
And now here we are nine days into this wonderful dream and I feel like I am in heaven. Really, life couldnt get much better than this.
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