Watch out world, hide your food stuffs, lock up your dairy products, the milk monster has arrived. Zachary showed us today just how LARGE his appetite can be. Chalk it up to needing more calories for healing, or growing, or adding weight, any way you slice it he loves his milk. We arrived today and were able to feed Zachary a full bottle of milk, then tried to get him back to sleep with plenty of rocking and coddling, but he decided to stay awake and quiet for about 2 hours, before getting pretty fussy. Erin, today's nurse suggested some more milk, and he dove right in, eating ANOTHER bottle. That's about 4.5oz of milk less than four hours after his last full feeding, he just can't get enough. At that point we were certain he would fall fast asleep, but alas, he fought back, and it took about 45 minutes to get him down and resting peacefully. The sleep/feed routine continues on as a very imperfect process, but we'll stick with it.
Today was the first day we did not have any visitors to the NICU, but we were able to pass much of the time talking with Zachary's nurse about his progress and getting his updates. I don't believe we've ever included a picture of Zachary's entire room so we tossed in the one above. Lots of wires, and machines, but thankfully he has his own room, which is very nice when we need a little quiet time, or if Mommy needs to nurse/pump. Dr. Handler came by again today and was pleased yet again with the progress his incision is making. John, the nurse practitioner, even mentioned that his back was one of the "best looking" granulated wounds that he had ever seen during the healing process. We'll take any and all positive remarks, no matter how strange they may be! When he finishes his antibiotics cycle on Wednesday, it appears he will be very close to being released. We are not making any plans, just continuing to pray that all the encouraging words from the NICU staff will come to fruition soon. Tomorrow begins week 3 in the NICU, and we're praying that the third time is the charm! Many Blessing to You All - Brian + Kimmie