Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Elden is doing well at the hospital. Last night he weighed 4 pounds 6.7 ounces! Today he is on ad lib feedings--he won't eat until he lets us know he is hungry. He has been having a hard time drinking all of his milk in the half hour allotted to him, and needs lots of prodding, so the doctor wants to try and see if this will work out. For every hour that he sleeps he will get 10 milliliters of milk. So, if he sleeps for four hours, then wakes up, he needs to eat at least 40 milliliters. The feeding I gave him today he did pretty good--finished in 27 minutes--but with lots of encouragement.

Tomorrow he has his head ultrasound and I am praying that there won't be a cyst and that everything will look normal. I am really optimistic that we'll be able to go home in 2-3 weeks. But that is just my guess alone. I tried nursing him the other day but he wasn't catching on at all. I will try again tomorrow and keep trying. I wanted to wait until he was better with his bottles, but one of the nurses Elden has had told me to keep trying and that it will be a learning process for both of us. I am glad that I nursed all my other kids so I at least know what to do. Hopefully Elden will catch on.

My brother Sheldon is in Italy now and we got an email from him today. I think it's so funny reading letters from people who serve foreign missions. They start mixing up English and the language they are learning. For example, Sheldon was telling us about the toilets in Italy and he wrote "tiolettes". I don't know if that is the Italian spelling for toilet, but it sure looks Italian-ish! It sounds like he is doing really well and I am SO happy because his trainer was the assistant to the mission president for the last six months and now gets to train Sheldon his last transfer before going home. I was able to train three times on my mission, and I also got to train my last transfer. It was great. We had several baptisms and were very busy teaching people. I loved it!

11 comments:

CaraLee said...

I'm glad Eldon is progressing and we hope and pray that all continues to go well. We sure love and miss you guys!

Robbins Family said...

It is so good to hear that things are still going well! Hope things go well with the head ultrasound.

SoniB said...

Thanks for the updates Ruth. It is neat to read about Elden's progress. I hope you get to go home soon!

Megan and Jeremy said...

I hope you and lil' Elden can go home permanently soon! Are your parents still staying with Lee & the kids?
Ciao!

Call Family said...

We'll keep praying for Elden and thanks for keeping us in the loop. lol jyl

Tina said...

glad everything is going well ;)
I am praying you will be home in a month!

AND i joined facebook back, so add me, because I can't find you!!!

Lee-Ruth-Clark-Cal-Shanna-Haley-Elden said...

Tina, How do you spell your last name? I can't find you either! And once we are friends on facebook, would you send me an invite to view your blog? My email is on my facebook info.

Lisa and company said...

I am sure you can't wait for Elden to be home. With as well as he is progressing it wont be much longer! I seriously can't wait to see your sample menu. I am trying so hard to save money on food but I haven't got it to the point I want it yet.

Scogin Family said...

YEAH! I am so glad that Elden is doing great and now that he is ad lib demand he is almost out the door:) We made a trip up to the NICU the other day but you were not there, maybe next time. Tell the family hi!

Scogin Family said...

Ruth, I will be heading to the NICU on Wednesday since it is Nurse's week and I am bringing some food in for the staff. Hopefully I will be able to see you then:)

davies-jennie said...

I can't believe you are getting so close! How wonderful.