Yesterday, Brandt graduated from an isolette to an open bed. He also moved from the main NICU room to their intermediate care nursery, a quieter room for babies who don’t need as much intervention. (Old digs and new digs, respectively, pictured below.)
And, he’s starting to take a portion of his feedings (10-ish mL out of 45) from a bottle. It takes preemies a while to learn the coordination needed to suck, swallow, and breathe simultaneously. Brandt has a speech therapist working to help him with this challenging business of eating.
He has four criteria he needs to meet before coming home – keeping his heart rate up consistently, breathing on his own without episodes of apnea, taking food by mouth, and maintaining his own body temperature – so he’s making definite progress toward the latter two.