Monday, August 18, 2008

Getting Big and a Poopy Diaper

It's so nice to be able to hold him again!
We even occasionally let the grandparents have a turn.
I can't believe Jack is almost 2 weeks old. It's funny how we suddenly can't remember the world without him. He continues to do really well and they told us to plan on moving to the recovery floor today, so I'm packing my bags for an overnight stay. Of ourse I'm nervous but very excited to be able to do the mom thing for real.

They finally weighed him again yesterday now that all his drains and tubes are gone and he's 7 lbs 4 oz, so he's getting bigger. He's also getting full feeds now plus a caloric supplement. Heart babies often have a hard time eating and growing so calories are a big deal. I don't know yet what time his swallow study is scheduled for today, but Jack is crying and coughing which are both good signs that no damage was done during the surgery so hopefully he won't have any problems taking a bottle.
The best part of yesterday was that Hardy actually helped me change Jack's poopy diaper. I wish I had a video of it. You would have thought Hardy was going to die, and the nurse agreed with me that Jack's dramatic side definitely comes from his father, but even after I told him I could handle it myself he stuck with it and we got the kid all cleaned up and feeling good. I will give Hardy credit that he is now very proficient with changing the wet diapers, it's just the smelly ones he thinks are going to kill him. What a cute dad :)


Gwen said...

Matt would dry heave and gag like he was going to throw up. Must be a family trait :)

kwilter said...

Oh my gosh, you guys...He is such a cute baby! I can't believe it's been two weeks. Wow! He's come a long way in two weeks! We are so glad that he is recovering well!

Jeremy & Nicole

Erin said...

Marc, wow poop huh! Before you know it you will do it w/o any problems. The trick is breath through your nose and don't think about it, just do it. If you talk to Jack it will help you forget what end you are dealing with.

So happy all is going well. What a little chub. Aimee you will do awesome when you get your first night of taking care of him. You are a terrific mom!

Charlie Cooper said...

Congratulations! What a great transition for him and you. Once you've done things a time or two you will wonder what you were so nervous about and the good thing is that there is always someone there to ask questions. Hang in there and good luck.

The Whitaker Family said...

LOL! Wait till you have to deal with throw up! ;) Hopefully you'll be waiting a really long time on that one, come to think of it! I'm SOOOO happy that things are going so well, that you're able to hold him, that he's gaining weight, etc, etc, etc. YAY!!!