Baby steps. We took lots of those today.
Yesterday, the doctors had talked about fortifying Luke’s milk (adding some calories to the breastmilk that I pump to give him some additional weight) which got me worried. Some doctors think there may be a connection between fortified milk and NEC. That first week after birth, we were adding some of that fortification just before he got NEC and I had a bad feeling. Last night when we got home, I called the nurse and asked if we could hold off on doing that with his milk. She asked the neo, Dr. Michael (remember him?) during evening rounds and he agreed. Love him!
Luke and I worked extra hard today on getting him to nurse – which he did pretty well – and eating his 50cc out of the bottle when I’m not around. On the nursing front, we probably shot an 80% today. He clearly knows how to eat, he just needs to work on the patience end. Me? I need to relax. We’re both a work in progress. Guess that’s what happens when you have two over-achievers.
We had some special visitors this evening, the Dominican Sisters stopped by to love on him. He certainly was mesmerized by their glowing faces and it was an honor to have them there. I did have to smile at a comment one of the nurses made after they left…the talk at the nurses station was, “What’s going on in Luke’s room?” I guess four sisters in habits gets people talking 🙂 Truly, though, their presence was a beautiful reminder that we all have a vocation. None of them are easy, but they are all full of joy.
You can see the sisters’ light up when they talk about teaching children. And, I’ve experienced joy as a mom and wife in the sacrament of marriage. But we have an equal charge – to live our faith and through that example bring people to Christ.
That’s pretty the three-part secret to life.
I’ve talked about her here on the blog before, but St. Therese of Lisieux has been an inspiriation to me – as a wife, mother and woman. She was always known for her “little way” and I can’t help but draw the parallel between her and Luke’s journey. Therese is the patron saint of France, yet she didn’t find a cure for cancer or rocket to the moon, she just did small things with great love. Our little Luke has allowed us to touch so many lives, and more importantly, uncover all the tiny things in our marriage and in our faith life that needed tweaking.
At tomorrow mornings’ rounds we’ll discuss Luke’s weight gain. If he can keep gaining, then we can come home!! We’re hopeful that it may be this weekend, but that’s all up to Luke, his appetite and my milk supply. I’m becoming more and more anxious (I know, I know, I’ve read the scripture) about us coming home. Suffice it to say that will be tomorrow’s post. How’s that for a teaser?
Luke, here’s hoping this is one of your last nights in the NICU and you will soon be keeping us up at night and not your nurses. Love you, my man, more than you will ever know.