Monday, July 03, 2006

A big day

Today when we walked in to Woody's room we saw them removing his isolette and replacing it with an actual crib. This was not something we were expecting, but we are very happy about it nonetheless. Instead of having a plexiglas shield constantly between us and our kid when we visit, now we can just be right there next to him. This is, I am sure, another one of those situations where most parents can sympathize but not even really understand. After all, most kids never go to an isolette, and being in a crib is just so normal for the rest of you. But for us, it's day 53 and for the first time ever, he's not in the isolette. It's another great sign of progress.

The decision has been made, subject to change, of course, due to circumstances: Woody will be extubated later this week. He is making huge progress in all of the three requirements (weight gain, pressure requirements, oxygen) except for the O2 needs, and even in the case of the oxygen we are thinking that he looks worse than he actually is, because he's been annoyed so much by the tube and by the fact that he's still a little constipated. Perhaps moving out of the isolette will make things a little more interesting for him, too. He seems to be pretty interested already in what's going on around him; he was wide awake when we first saw him.

My dad (Granddad Hobbs) and Sheri (we're still in discussions as to what to call her, she's leaning towards "Mimi", a term that she had for a grandmother of hers a long way back) have been visiting the last couple of days, which has been a lot of fun. They last saw Woody when he was under two weeks old, and he looks amazingly different from then. Not only is he about three times as heavy now (he had dipped down to about 420 grams at his lightest) but his skin looks normal, no longer red and thin and almost sticky like a salamander's. They will be heading back tomorrow after we have a fun barbecue at the Stiffler/Korfhage grandparents' farm near Red Wing tonight.

8 Comments:

At 12:21 PM, Anonymous Aunt Susan said...

Congratulations!! I can only imagine how wonderful it must be to look down on your child in a crib!!! Can't wait to show my hubby and kids that picture. So happy for you.

 
At 2:06 PM, Blogger TheBrad said...

Hooray! Hooray for a crib!

 
At 2:31 PM, Anonymous Grammie said...

I'm so excited to see Woody in a real crib that I can hardly stand it!!! You all better get ready--that baby will be home before you know it!

 
At 3:00 PM, Anonymous jared said...

What a huge step for 'drow! The positive progress continues to amaze and elate me. Keep it up team...

 
At 10:10 PM, Anonymous Grammie said...

Oh, I get it--it's Independence Day for Woody now that he's finally let out of the isolette. You go, boy!

 
At 9:33 AM, Blogger Jeff said...

This is great news. I'm excited for you!

 
At 11:04 AM, Anonymous YSA said...

I'm so happy to see that Woody is doing so well that he can be taken out of the isolette. This is indeed a great step.
Hurray!

 
At 11:23 AM, Blogger Christopher Alvarado said...

Hurrah for the crib! §Now he can spend the next year or so trying to figure out how to escape from it.§

 

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