So far, Jacob is still vent free! We have made it through two whole days and he still looks pretty comfortable. His lungs sound like they are exchanging gases well. At times he looks like he is breathing more frequently than normal, so we are keeping an eye on that. The last time we came off the vent Jacob was constantly working hard; breathing 80 times a minute on average without ever slowing down. A normal infant will breathe anywhere between 30-60 times in a minute, so that's what we're shooting/praying for!
As far as feeding is concerned, we have been making some improvements there too! Yay! Jacob is still getting 12cc's every three hours (it's less than half an ounce) but he is doing a much better job of moving the milk through. We have not had to skip a feed since Monday evening, this means that Jacob's stomach and intestines are beginning to wake up! We still have a long way to go, but it's a start. A full feeding is around 70cc's every three hours, but we're working on it! Thanks for the prayers...keep them coming!
I caught this picture today of Jacob, it's a semi-smile. But, I thought it was too cute with his hands up by his face. What a precious gift that God has given to us.