From One Degree of NICU to Another

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.

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9 responses to “From One Degree of NICU to Another

  1. Elisabeth

    That’s wonderful Andrea! We are rejoicing with you! (And, I think that profile picture of Brandt looks like Aaron.) We continue to pray for you guys, and we can’t wait to meet this precious gift that the Lord has given to you.

  2. This is wonderful news! I seriously just want to kiss his sweet face. He’s a little champ – you’ll be bringing him home in no time! 🙂

  3. staceysthoughts

    Way to go, Brandt! Keep up the good work! 🙂

  4. amy

    How exciting to see him making such progress! (Do you still have my nurse-twin, Amy? =)

    • She’s been our night nurse on weekends, so hopefully we’ll see her soon! We were told that nurses who choose to be assigned to particular babies (which twin-Amy did with Brandt) follow them to the intermediate care nursery.

      • amy

        That’s really neat that she chose to be with Brandt! What a nice bit of encouragement. I hope you guys continue to see her.

  5. Joyce Klynstra

    Hooray for Brandt. So happy to see him progress.

  6. hanna

    Awesome! Truly. Thank you Jesus….precious Jesus, who was also once a baby, not born in wonderful circumstances…and he “sympathizes with our weaknesses”….
    He is sympathizing with Brandt even right now, I believe.

  7. Aunt Kathy

    What great news! Big steps for small feet. I check every time I’m in my church office to see if you’ve posted anything new. Can’t wait to see and hold Brandt.

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