Well it has been an eventful day here at the hospital. Dara and Wayne came to the hospital this morning to meet Josiah. Josiah has been entirely in the nursery of the Family Birth Center because they needed to monitor his vital signs, make sure his breathing and oxygen saturation were adequate and to test his blood sugar. So far- his lungs appear to be working great and he needs a little help maintaining temperature. His blood sugar was chronically low this morning (should be 41, was 10) so they immediately got Josiah on an IV which is releasing sugar in his system to help his blood sugar stabilize. Now, they are weaning him off of it so that we can begin to help him to eat and learn how to suck properly. Many babies born pre-term struggle with eating- its something you have to teach them and help them to get into a rhythm about. So Dana has begun pumping to get some of her colostrum out for him to eat & mix with formula. Once they are confident about his eating abilities we should be good to go- but we could potentially be in the hospital an additional couple of days beyond Monday.
This afternoon we are trying to recuperate and rest- Dana and I have been up for about the last 40 hours- so we are pretty bushed. Before naptime though, Dana got to go in and assist the nurse with Josiah's first bath. Here are some more pics of our handsome little guy:
Big Sister Dara meets her little brother
Josiah- mad and crying during his first bath
Josiah practicing his one-eyed pirate look on us after bathtime
Happy, clean little man!