Everyone keeps telling me that having a baby in the NICU is like being on a rollercoaster... Lots of ups and downs. After a week of downs it's so nice to have a couple days of ups!
We had a few small changes today. Minor but still positive changes. Cooper has been going up on his feedings 1mL every 6 hours but since he is doing so well digesting it, they have bumped it up to adding 1mL every 3 hours. His full feeds will be when he gets to 24mL which he should be up to in just a week or so. They also took off the blanket covering his isolette this morning. Now we can see him all the time. His weight last night was 2lbs 14oz... so close to 3lbs!!!
Cooper is still has the nasal cannula but has been on NIPPV (non invasive positive pressure ventilation) which delivers oxygen at a set pressure and rate to breathe for him. If he continues to do well today, they may switch him to the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) which delivers pressurized oxygen to keep his lungs and airways open, but does not breathe for him.
Every nurse, doctor, or respiratory therapist who comes in his room comments on how much better be looks and how great he is doing. And I got so many comments on the photo I posted on Facebook yesterday of everyone saying how good he looks. It is so great to see how many people he has watching him and rooting him on. Thanks for all the support!