Well the holidays are finally over and our home is getting closer and closer to being ready to welcome Conan home. It is hard to believe that he really will be home with us soon!
Conan continues to progress beautifully. On Christmas Eve, Shannon went in at 7:30am for an early morning visit. Upon talking to the doctor, she learned that Conan would likely continue receiving oxygen through his cannula for another week, perhaps two weeks. However, the very next day when we went in for our visit, Conan's cannula was gone! As it turns out, his cannula had been removed two hours after Shannon's visit, and he was breathing so well without it, that it was permanently removed. It was such a wonderful Christmas surprise to see him without it! We also brought the girls into the hospital on Christmas Day so that they could finally see their brother for the very first time. Although they could not go inside the nursery, they were very excited to see him through the nursery window!
Conan has also made good progress with his feeds. He has gone from approximately 50% feeds by mouth for most of this past week to 100% in the past two days. In fact, yesterday he pulled his NG tube out and the nurse decided not to reinsert it because he had been feeding so well and as of this morning, he is still nippling well, so his feeding tube is DONE! As of last night, he weighed 7lbs 5oz. His medications have also all been discontinued, so hopefully he will be going home without medications as well.
At this point, we are still not sure when he will be coming home. The criteria are: no desats or decels for three consecutive days and all feeds must be 100% by mouth and finished within 30 minutes... so whenever Conan is ready to meet those expectations, he will be ready to come home. That could be later this week, or it could be some time next week, we simply do not know what he will do. He is currently 37.5 weeks gestation which is still considered pre-term, so given everything he has been through and the long road he has traveled, he is doing amazingly well!
We are so grateful for all of our amazing friends and family that have supported us on this long road through the NICU. Hopefully the next time we write an update, he will be safe and sound at home with his loving family!