July 17 10:45 pm
Heather's been through a lot. She's been a trooper the entire time and has just reaffirmed for me why I love her as much as I do. So it was only right that the first three days of cuddling Tyler went to her.....but today was my turn. One word.....magical:) I knew he was small.....I mean, I spend a lot of time with him every day......I cup his head and his feet and sing to him......but I really got the realistic perspective today when Kathy, the nurse, put him on my chest. You truly. only really understand how small he is when he's cuddled up on your chest and you are trying to hold him. My two hands engulf him.....he's swallowed up in them and gets lost in just a little bit of shirt......but I could feel every breath.....I was aware of every movement, no matter how minute.....I could sense every little change.....at one point his breathing changed......I'm not sure how to describe it, but I knew he needed to be suctioned (I'm really glad I was right, cuz I would have felt like a fool asking the nurse to suction him when he was totally fine!!) Ty and I spent an hour cuddling ( which would have lasted longer had my right arm not fallen completely asleep.......I really didn't want to adjust anything I was doing, as he was so completely at peace). We had some good man to man time:) The humor of the day.....well Tyler took care of that too. We were regaled with the story of his projectile bowel movement while being changed......yes it caused two nurses to scream out loud, causing the other nurse in the room to come running for medical emergent assistance....needless to say she arrived to encounter an unbelievably amusing moment rather than an emergency. He not only got his entire incubator changed, but two nurses also needed a cleaning......little stinker!!!!
Parker attempted the same thing with Heather while she was changing him, but mommy was quick on the draw with the open diaper and was able to control (or should I say contain) Parker's attempt to follow big brother's earlier performance. I had to bring in reinforcement cloths to assist her as the event continued for almost a minute. Needless to say, after cleansing his bowels, Parker seemed much much more at peace. This was a welcomed peace as our little Parker had a pretty up and down day. I wouldn't classify it as a bad day, but he definitely was not following the pattern of the prior three days. He desatted quite a bit today and with more extreme fluctuations than he has been. He has gained weight though....up from 2 lbs 3.6 oz yesterday to 2 lbs 5 oz today......keep going little buddy!!!! He is up to 18 ml feedings while Tyler is at 20. Grow little buddies grow!!!!