In the introduction to this blog I noted that this would be the story of Charlotte’s journey to regular kids’ life. Well, we may be on our way there…finally.
On Friday we checked Charlotte’s weight at the pediatrician. It held steady at 11 lbs. 10oz. No weight gain or loss since Tuesday. We were shocked because on Wednesday and Thursday little Miss Charlotte had eaten less than 75% of what she should have. Anyway, Dr. Salem, against all odds, told us to leave the tube out. She said that if on any subsequent day Charlotte didn’t get to her goal food volume, we should put it back in. Promising to do so, I left. Quickly, before she could change her mind.
Well, let’s just say that Charlotte seems to have taken Dr. Salem’s admonishment to “Eat, Charlotte” quite seriously. She’s been tossing back bottles like a little champion since Sunday. We’ve been inching her twice a day meds towards 7 a.m. so that we can give second doses at 7 p.m. to get her on the sleep schedule that she seems to naturally lean toward. (She’s been out like a light since 8:20 p.m. this evening.)
We’re not optimistic enough to call OptionCare to pick up the pump. Not quite yet. But, our kiddo is making us proud. It’s finally fun to feed her. Most of the time. And, best of all, her little cheeks are nearly completely healed–she has a lovely baby complextion. At last.