Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Eric on the move

Eric was in a portion of the NICU called the Skybox for a few days. It is on the 4th floor and is a temporary unit while the construction in the other unit was completed. It was a little small but he didn't seem to mind. He is now back to the second floor unit with all his buddies.

Today he had a visit from the occupational therapist who says that his suck, swallow, and breath coordination isn't all organized yet, but that will come with some more maturity. Until this maturity comes he can only handle eating from a bottle a couple times a day and still needs a feeding tube the other times. He is starting to gag on the tube a little bit, but once it is in he doesn't mind it. Mom doesn't like to watch the tube go in very much.

We worked with the lactation consultant this week and she gave us a nipple shield that helps Eric pull out the nipple more and get some milk from the breast. He gets some good suckling with this.

Eric is a really good sucker and likes his pacifier. He also likes his friend the duck.