The first couple days home were busy. Aidan had his first pediatric appointment where he had his 2 months shots. He did so good! The night before he left the NICU (2/18) he weighed 4 lbs 12 oz. At his appointment (2/20) he weighed 5 lbs. 2 oz.
Aidan also had an eye appointment that week. He has ROP (Retinopathy of prematurity) It is a potentially blinding eye disorder that primarily affects premature infants weighing about 2¾ pounds or less that are born before 31 weeks of gestation. The smaller a baby is at birth, the more likely that baby is to develop ROP. This disorder—which usually develops in both eyes—is one of the most common causes of visual loss in childhood and can lead to lifelong vision impairment and blindness. Basically the blood vessels haven't attached to the retina yet. Luckily Aidan's case is not severe but the blood vessels still haven't attached. The good news is at his appointment they were still progressing and hadn't stopped growing and they were still growing on track. He has another appointment tomorrow to check progress. He'll be checked every 2 weeks until they've attached or he needs laser surgery for correction.
The home health care nurse visited us on Monday (2/23) and in 3 days Aidan had gained 10 oz. He was up to 5 lbs 12 oz. The home nurse comes again either this afternoon or tomorrow and I know he's gained a lot! He has completely grown out of preemie clothes and the new born size is fitting perfectly today. I wouldn't be surprised if he is in 0-3 size next week.
He's eating great but still having reflux issues and still taking zantac. I am now supplementing with formula and he is off the vitamins and iron which is nice because they constipate him, poor little man.
We've had great support from the grandparents. Chris's parents were here for the first few days he was home and my mom and Vickie came on the 25th and are here until Saturday. It's been so nice to have some help so that I can just nap if I want. My mom even babysat to let Chris and I have a date night Friday night and the afternoon yesterday to do some shopping. We got Aidan a bottle warmer, baby bjorn carrier and the mobile that matches his room.
Chris is back to work, my mom leaves Saturday and I'll be home with the little man until the end of the month. I'll be blogging more, promise!