Patrick saw his cardiologist, Beth Rumack, last Thursday for a routine checkup. He weighed in at about 10 pounds!
He has been growing steadily and according to the chest x-ray and echo done on Sept. 30th, his heart has not really become any more enlarged than it was at discharge. Also, the tests showed that his ASD (a hole between the right and left sides of his heart) has actually closed up a bit on it’s own. This might mean that the ASD could be repaired via a heart catheter rather than open heart surgery–which I think could buy us more time before the tricuspid valve repair is necessary.
Patrick had occasionally been trying to sleep longer between nighttime snacks, and Beth told us that we could start letting him do so. She told us that as long as he is getting about 20 ounces of breastmilk per day then he should be fine sleeping through the night. At the time Patrick was only eating about 15-16 ounces a day, but once I started letting him go longer between feeds at night, he really picked up his game. Over the last few days, he increased his intake from about 18 ounces to 24 ounces. So far he has still been waking up once or twice during the night to eat (most consistently at 1 or 2 am), but even that has been so nice for me (he was eating every three hours before). Yay for more sleep! I went from a total of 4-5 hours to a total of nearly 6-7 hours of sleep each night. Amazing.
Patrick literally changes every day. He is developing so quickly, and we are having a ton of fun with him. He has become a lot more smiley and talkative with his little Patrick sounds.
At 7½ weeks old, Patrick likes to:
- Keep his legs and arms in constant motion (often in his sleep as well)
- Kick with his right leg more than his left
- Have his hands balled up in fists still (although we are starting to see him keep them open occasionally)
- Grip things in his fist (i.e. our fingers, toys, hair–unluckily for Braden’s chest hair, etc.)
- Pee in the bathtub
- Poop on Daddy
- Hang out on the changing table. He has come to appreciate diaper changes more (he HATED them as a newborn) and he really likes to look around at his toys and monsters that hang by the changing pad. Some of our best conversations take place there–he likes to be sung to, talked to, and to learn new tricks while he’s laying there.
- Hold his head up. Patrick has the head control of a 3 or 4 month-old (as per his pediatrician).
- Put a halt to ALL other activities in order to concentrate on going #2.
- Hold Daddy’s thumb while being bottle-fed
- Look at himself in his crib mirror and the mirror above his swing
- Sit in his swing, whether it is moving or not. And he loves to sleep there.
- Watch the lights on his activity play-mat
- Follow toys with his eyes when we move them back and forth in front of his face
- Fight sleep with all of his might
- Ride in his baby bjorn carrier
- Take his heart medicine–seriously, he thinks it is super tasty and he’s sad when his daily dose is gone
- Video chat with his grandparents
- Sleep on Dad…