Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Ellie, Meet Your New Breast Friend
You've been out in the world for 10 weeks but until very, very recently you haven't been able to swallow. Up until now, drool has pooled in your mouth and has generally remained there until it gets suctioned out (or dries on your lips into little worm like pieces of gunk referred to affectionately as "mouth boogies.") As it turns out, this inability to swallow has also prevented you from nursing, which means you don't know who Boob is. Today we introduced you to Boob. Upon meeting, you shook hands, and awkward moment passed, and then you produced an expression on your face that said: "So... what do you expect me to do now?"
Fortunately, this reaction is normal. As a matter of fact, you actually did better than we expected you to. With some encouragement, you even managed to suck, swallow, and NOT drown yourself in milk. This is a huge step. I know it probably sounds like I'm being sarcastic, but I'm not! Easing you into the idea of eating by mouth instead of via a tube that goes directly to your stomach is the last major thing between you and graduation from the NICU. Get chompin'.