Anyway, Cannon is growing like crazy. At his check-up last week he weighed 6 lbs 4.5 ounces and was 19.25 inches. His cheeks are filling out so he has the cutest little round face/head. He is on a pretty good schedule but we still have some good nights and some bad nights. He eats every 3-4 hours and is eating 2.5 -3 ounces of formula at each feeding. He has definitely figured out that it is much more cozy to be held than to be in his bed or chair. This makes it hard to get things done, but I try to remind myself that he will be running around before I know it and the laundry/showering/cleaning can wait sometimes.
Having the little guy around has made for a pretty low-key holiday season. Trying to keep a balance of making this time exciting for Charlie, but not too crazy for the rest of us. We had to shop for just a few people this year so that made it easier, but I am bummed that I have not gotten to do a lot of the traditional christmas activities like bake christmas cookies or send out Christmas cards. (thats right, I did not do cards this year so don't be offended if you don't get one!) I guess there is always next year, right?
These pictures were taken this morning. I have seen the idea a few times to take a picture of your baby with a certain stuffed animal each month so that you can see how much they have grown. I kept forgetting to do it when he got home and I almost just gave up, but decided it was not too late.
Cannon & Clancy at 9.5 weeks old.
See, I told you he was getting chubby cheeks! So cute.
Hope you are enjoying your holiday season and spending lots of time with the ones you love. :)
For the most part Charlie just stays away from Cannon. He still is not thrilled when he cries, but he does not get as upset as before. Anytime he sees his eyes open he runs over and tries to show him a toy or get him to play. He is getting pretty stir crazy from being stuck in the house, so hopefully we will be able to get out soon. Looking forward to the weekend!
A few pictures from his last night at the hospital...
When I walked in to visit him on his last night, I was greeted by this...he was covered in one of the blankets that my mom and I made and donated to the NICU earlier this year. It made me smile. When we made those we never thought that my own little boy would be using one of them just a few months later.
GiGi was there to help us get him ready to go. I brought a preemie outfit for him to wear and it barely fit him. The day he was discharged he weighed 5 lbs 5 ozs.
The nurse helped to make sure that we had him all bundled up in his carseat correctly and then they walked us out to the car.
We are slowly getting settled into a routine at home. The first day he was very sleepy and we were having a hard time getting him to wake up enough to eat anything. The first night was long, but went pretty good. He woke up every 3 hours to eat and then went right back to sleep. I did not get much sleep though because he is a noisy sleeper. Just like Charlie was. He has what they call the preemie grunt. Nobody really know why preemies grunt in their sleep as much as they do but some think that it is because their digestive systems do not function as well so they grunt to help move the gas bubbles around. Luckily, it is not bothering me too much now and I am getting a little bit of sleep in between his feedings and pumping. Yep, I am STILL pumping, he is not latching on and is such a SLOW eater that breastfeeding just wasn't working out. I am very frustrated - not really ready to give up yet, but it is a lot of work to bottlefeed and pump. Anyway, he has been a very good baby and we are so happy to have him home.
For Thanksgiving we got together with all the grandparents. I was not very good company because I was exhausted after our first night with Cannon. But the food was delicious and it was nice to spend the day with family. Feeling so grateful for them and all the support and love they have always shown, especially in times like these. I am so, so blessed :)
Big brother Charlie is doing pretty good with the new addition to the family. He gets very upset when Cannon cries. The few times that Cannon has gotten really worked up, Charlie gets so upset and starts to cry himself. He is so sensitive. He does not understand why Cannon sleeps so much when there are so many cool toys that he could be playing with. He keeps asking me when Cannon is going to wake up so that they can play. "Look mom, I have horns!"My two sweet boys. They melt my heart.
Thank-you to everybody for following our story and for your encouragement and support. I will continue to update with Cannon's progress. And of course all the craziness of raising these 2 cuties. :)
I don't have any updated pictures of him, but he has had a good week. They started to bottle feed him on Tuesday night. He is still getting 40 cc's. He will usually finish the bottle on a few feedings and then he will have one where he will fall asleep so they give the rest of it to him through his feeding tube. Hopefully, soon he will be eating exclusively from the bottle or breast and they can get rid of the feeding tube...and shortly after come home! They had not weighed him yet last night when I stopped by, but yesterday he weighed 4 pounds 13 ounces. He had his eye and hearing screenings on Wednesday. He passed both with flying colors! The eye test showed that his retinas showed no sign of retinopathy or prematurity. We were not worried about his eye test because he was not showing any signs of problems, but it was really the last big hurdle that we were waiting to get the results on. We are so blessed to have such a healthy, perfect little guy!
We are still hoping to have Cannon home by Thanksgiving. I will update as we know more. Once again, your prayers have made all the difference. Thank-you!
Is there a baby under all those blankets??
Eric's grandma Ida was in town earlier this week for some doctor appointments and we took her to see Cannon. Can you believe she is 94? She looks great and is doing pretty good!
We had a little scare last night while we were visiting Cannon. I changed his diaper and gave it to the nurse to weigh it. She looked at it and mentioned that his poop was a weird color and asked if it had been that way before. It actually was the same color earlier in the day but I didn't think much of it and the day nurse hadn't mentioned anything about it. She decided to keep the diaper to show the doctor when she made her rounds. We had to leave, but Eric called the NICU late last night to see if the doctor was concerned. She did decide to order a liver panel this morning just to see if anything turned up. We have said a million times how lucky we have been that Cannon has not had any major issues. But it really did not hit home until last night. As we drove home I could tell that Eric and I both felt very uneasy. Suddenly, on top of all the other things we were already dealing with, there was a possibility that he might not be okay. I truly feel so blessed and grateful that we have not had to experience this feeling very often since Cannon was born. Luckily, all his test results came back normal and his poop seems to be back to normal. The doctor is not sure what caused the change yesterday, but they will continue to watch it for any more changes.
I have been spending a lot of time at the hospital these last few days. Eric has been home the last 2 weeks, but he will be starting a new job on Tuesday so I have been taking advantage of him being around to watch Charlie. I have been trying to be there for at least 3 of Cannon's feedings per day. I love getting to spend so much time with him. Before he was born and Charlie was my world, I couldn't imagine being able to love another little guy as much as I loved Charlie. I heard it a million times before that my love would double and multiply and I never doubted that it would, I just couldn't imagine how it would feel. Now I know what it is like to have two amazing, adorable little boys and I could not be any more over the moon about them. I am so very lucky.
I did not get any good pictures of Cannon today because he was pretty much swaddled all day and the lighting was just not good. Here are a few from this past week:
A cute little smile.....
Grandpa Rodger and Grandma Nita getting to hold him for the first time.
I know I haven't mentioned it lately so I wanted to say it again - As always, thank-you so much for all your continued prayers for our sweet Cannon and our family. We have been so extremely blessed these last 3 weeks. While it is heartbreaking to have our little guy in the NICU, it has been much easier this time around. The power of prayer is truly remarkable. Thank-you.
Getting ready for the big night
His 2 week old picture. This was right after we did kangaroo care today. I was having a hard time getting a good picture of him and he HATES the flash so this was the best I could get. I love that his eyes are open - he is just too cute! :)
This picture was taken a few days ago right after they took him off they nasal cannula. You can see that he still had the IV in this picture because of all the tape on his arm.