Ezie is now two weeks old. He is doing well-- he has had no major setbacks or problems. He does have a small infection right now, so he is on antibiotics. He is also still on a respirator. The most exciting thing that has happened is that he opened his eyes yesterday! He has nice big eyes. I will take a picture when we go see him tonight and stick it up on here later, so check back. :) Ezie is gestationally (is that a word?) 29 weeks and 2 days.... so we will celebrate on tuesday when he turns a full 30 weeks. I'm trying to learn how to celebrate his achievements and look at weeks instead of days. The daily grind of all this is depressing, but when I take it in weeks it's much more manageable. It's been really encouraging that he opened his eyes. Hopefully he will be home in 6 more weeks, and we've already done 2 weeks, so we are a quarter of the way done with the NICU (hopefully!)
Daniel and I are doing ok. It's been a little rough. He is still off work- I can't believe it! Suprisingly, the army has been WONDERFUL to him through this whole thing. They are trying to work it out so that he doesn't have to go back to work until mid-october (when we expect Ezie to come home.) That would be amazing! I can't imagine how hard things would be if he were at work all day, then came home and we went to the hospital for the rest of the evening. After Ezie comes home, Daniel is going to take a month of vacation time and stay home. I am so thankful that the army has been so wonderful. I really am surprised! You all know that I am not a huge fan of army life and the way daniel is treated by the army, so this is completely catching me off guard. I guess the army has some redeeming qualities!
I've been pretty tired with constant pumping. I can skip one session in the middle of the night so that I can get a good 5-6 hours of solid sleep, but the rest of the day it's half an hour of pumping every 2.5 hours..... blah!! It's worth it though, and I will stick with it. Ezie is eating 3ml of milk every 3 hours. Hopefully soon he will be eating a lot more than that! He has gained a little under half a pound since birth.
Alright I gotta get ready to go to the hospital. I will put more pics up soon!