Friday, February 6, 2009

Test Results

Brayden had his swallow study done this morning. We found out that he was silently aspirating on the regular formula (without thick-it) and could aspirate on the nectar consistency formula so he was bumped up to honey consistency formula (it looks like elmers glue!). Thank you all for praying for him!! I was so proud, he didn't cry at all! He just stared at the radiology tech the entire time and let them put different bottles in his mouth. He didn't make a peep!

Annnnnnnnnd, he got bumped up to 4 bottles a day! We are halfway there! Once he can take 75% of each bottle I think they'll move him up to 8 bottles a day, and once he can take 75% of each of those for 24-48 hours we should get to come home (if I am understanding that correctly).

Daddy usually gives him his bottles, but tonight at 8pm I gave him his bottle and he took almost 75% (44ml's)! He did so good!

They had us bring in our carseat (they always inspect them before you can leave) and gave us a bunch of booklets on going home, so I am thinking that the end is finally in sight!
Since we have been down here so many of you have seen me out and about (usually at the hospital) and have come up to say hi! Thank you so much - that means so much to us! I know it can be hard to approach someone when you aren't sure if they are really who you think they are, but I am so glad you did!
Thank you all so much for your prayers, they are working!

41 comments:

Barb said...

I'm so happy for you guys cute pics...Barb

AJU5's Mom said...

I bet Brayden gets a car seat trial. That is where they put the baby in the car seat for a set period of time (based on distance to home, etc) and make sure there are no problems. It is a great time for pictures!
I am glad he did great with the tests today. Hopefully he will be ready to come home soon!

Shanna said...

Yay! I'm so glad Brayden's test today provided some results! I'm excited that the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter! Go Brayden!!!

Kate said...

Brayden is so precious! Praying he'll eat well these next few days and get to go home soon!

Anonymous said...

Happy to hear that Brayden did so well during his swallow study. He is a beautiful little boy!

Gail from Annapolis, MD

Laurie said...

These are really cute, sweet pictures. I am so happy for this good news!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Meg said...

Hooray!!! I'm so glad you're going to bring the little guy home soon!! A great answer to prayers!

Susan said...

Bless his little heart! Glad you learned some things with the swallow test and that he's eating better. You look like such a natural feeding him. That light is shining at the end of the tunnel! Meanwhile, prayers continue.....

jsiewert said...

As the mother of an NICU baby I know how hard it is to wait for them to come home. My daughter was a 32 weeker and we were told to expect her to come home about her due date. just thinking about being there 8 weeks was mind boggling. I hope your little guy comes home soon and it's good to hear the doctors figures out what was going on.

Kristi said...

That is good news. It is great to get the "light at the end of the tunnel" in vision. Honey consistancy is pretty nasty, but if it keeps him from aspirating, then who cares!!!! My twins were at NICU at Baptist and they made us bring our carseat in too. In fact since they were preemies, they had to pass a carseat test of 90 long. Hopefully he will get to skip that part. Do make sure you trade off feeding him because they do adapt to their favorite and will end up not taking a bottle from anyone else if it is always given by the same person. My husband and I did that when we were trying to get our girls discharged from the NICU. They didn't do a swallow study to see that my daughters were aspirating. They just told us that they had to be clear of heart rate drops for 48 hrs before dischaging. I knew pretty good of how to keep one of our daughters from heart rate dropping while she was eating so I fed every time at the end so she could go home, then once we got home she wouldn't take a bottle from my husband and my other twin daughter who was always fed by my husband wouldn't take a bottle from me. So make sure you trade off so he won't get use to one person. I am still praying for you and your family.

KristiJ said...

What a great update! Brayden's doing awesome, and look how beautiful you look holding him! You are just glowing! Still praying here in Virginia!

Kristen said...

Great news, I'm so glad it went well!

Shelley said...

I can't wait to hear when he will finally get to come home. I know it will be soon! I'm so glad to hear he is continuing to improve.

Al's World said...

Glad that tests went well. Keep on eating little guy!! Glad to know the end is sight...there is a light at the end of the tunnel!! Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Christy said...

I am new here but I've been reading since right after he was born and I've been praying as well. Each night I check your blog as I sit in my bed, I share with my hubby the updated news and pray for you guys! I am blessed with a son, Piercen who is now two and can't wait for you to get your little guy home. There is something really special about a mommy and her boy - just you wait and see!!! :D

mommyto3 said...

Oh my goodness, Brayden is so so so cute! I'm praying that he'll be a super eater and you all can go home very soon!

Gina said...

I haven't commented before but have been praying for you and your family.That little Brayden is beyond beautiful. It sounds like you guys are making good progress and that is wonderful.
I will continue to pray for him. Hang in there.

Ashley said...

Yay Brayden!! Your such a Big Boy!! Im still praying for you!!

Lori (mommy to a 25wker) said...

Yay for the car seat test!! That is ALWAYS a good sign that going home is soon to come!!

Still praying that he takes all bottles like a champ and is home soon!!

Lori *mommy to a 25wker*

tara said...

Jenna what wonderful news!! you guys will be pros when he is ready to go home! He is such a little blessing and just beautiful! God surely has GREAT things in store for Brayden's life, what a testimony he will have. I pray that taking him home is very close! bringing in the carseat has to be a sign that it is very near. love from maryland! -tara

Annette said...

So happy the test came out good and little Brayden was a trooper. He is just a handsome little guy. Can't wait for him to get to go home.

Lianna Knight said...

Such great news!! Praying that baby Brayden will be home before that one month mile marker :)

Faithfully Yours said...

Congratulations for the good news! We will keep praying.

--Faith

Lisa said...

I love hearing great news!! I also see that you must be feeling better because you don't have your mask on so that is great news as well!! Horray for great news!

Char said...

Praise the Lord!

The Allens said...

That's wonderful, Jenna!

the*4*of*us said...

I'm so happy you guys may be going home soon!!!!

SassyMomma said...

YAY Brayden!!! That is GREAT news!! Tell him to keep up the good work! =)

Heather said...

SO happy to hear that the testing went great and they know how to make it right now! What a cutie pie he is! Here's to good eating!!
Hugs and prayers,
Heather~ On the Homefront

Leslie said...

Now the test is over there is progress to be made! He will be home in no time! We are very excited for you!

Serious Shopaholic said...

What great news!

Roxanne said...

Bless your heart. . .the photo of you two is beautiful. So glad that they found a possible culprit to keep him from going home, but it sounds like he's on his way.

Alicia said...

I am glad he is doing better. He will continue to be in my prayers.

Laura said...

So thankful the study went well..home is in sight!! You both look so sweet. Praying for all of you now.

Kristen said...

Looks like going home is going to be a reality soon!!! My son, too, silent aspirated. The thickening gel is so much nicer than the powder. Simply Thick or Hydra-aid are the companies we use. There is also a home recipe, but my son knows when I use that over the manufactured stuff. FYI. God bless.

Rachel said...

I am so glad that he is finally eating more and that you are seeing the end in sight. Hang in there!

Rachel

tootie said...

Great pics! You definitely have the glow of a new mother :) Glad that you and baby are well!

Kendra said...

He just gets cuter and cuter!!!

Tanya Fehler said...

Hope that your prayers are answered and Brayden is home soon. Not sure if this would help, but when my daughter was born, her mouth was so little that she choked on regular bottle nipples because she had such little features. She was not a preemie, she was born at 38 weeks at 6 lbs 4oz. We bought bottles with nipples that were made for Preemies. The only place we could find them was at Target. I think Gerber made them, it has been 7 years. Not sure if the NICU will let you try this or I am sure they are much more knowledgeable then me but thought I would pass it along.

Stephanie said...

What an adorable pic!! He's so handsome!

Keeping you all in my prayers and hoping for a quick trip home.

Penny said...

It sounds like little Brayden is coming right along!!! I have been watching and praying for him since he was born...... just 1 in an army that has taken to your sweet baby.

I hope that very soon Bryden will be ready to use his seat!

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