Cooper is doing beautifully and is breathing all on his own! The nasal cannula was pulled yesterday and he hasn't had a single moment of needing help to breath and the picc-line is out! He is ready for the stepdown unit but there isn't a bed open so he's just hanging out in the NICU. Do I even need to tell you how wonderful that makes me feel?
The only thing Cooper has to conquer now is how to suck/swallow/breath since he is now regulating his own body temperature and breathing on his own. We started doing non-nutritive sucking today which means that Cooper is attached to my breast while he is recieving his NG tube feedings so that he can correlate my breast with his stomach getting full. I have to pump until I'm tapped out (hehehehe...sounds funny!) before we can do this skin-to-skin time. Cooper latched on immediately and even tried to suck a little...So, this was great for our first time! They'll allow him to actually breastfeed next weekend when he turns 33 weeks.
Mommy has it bad for this little cutie!
Cooper in his bed wearing one of his little onesies!