Thursday, December 26, 2013

Getting into a Groove

So we have been home now for almost a week....will be 7 days since we've had our little guy home tomorrow!  It will also be Cohen's 1 month birthday!  We have been settling in and getting into our groove of his feedings and care.

Cohen has been settling in as well to the new sounds of our house.  Instead of hearing the beeping monitors and nurses coming in and out to check his vitals, he is hearing peace and quiet (besides when Isla is running around like a banshee, screaming at the top of her lungs!)  Also because he is still on continuous feeds he has already been sleep trained at the ripe old age of 4 weeks old :)  Being always full will do that to a baby.  Can't wait for tomorrow when we start every two hour feeds.  What this means is he will get food from the pump for 1 hour and then have an hour off....back and forth this will happen for 2 days to make sure his tummy can handle the increased amount of liquid.  We will most likely be both at each other's throats by the end of these days since we will be slaving over this kid's pump and feeds.

We went to Cohen's first pediatrician appointment on Tuesday and they were very impressed with his weight gain!  He has gained 6 ounces since discharge from the ICU!  I guess that should happen when you are eating round the clock.  Can't wait for him to become a little chunker!

On another note, it has been a truly unbeatable experience to see Isla grow into the Big Sister Role.  The tender moments these two little ones have shared have made Ryan and I tear up on occasion while watching their interaction.  She loves to give her brother kisses on his forehead, hold his hand, and sings songs to him.  Although I was super worried about how she would transition with this new being on her turf (and I know the transition is just beginning), it is amazing to see how caring she is for him.  She asks many questions about her brother and calls his feeding pump "his coffee." :)  I thought the experience of having one child was rewarding, but having a second child and watching their interactions is something words cannot describe!  Now if only they could love each other this much unconditionally through their adolescents.

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