The nurses in the NICU spend as much time looking after Sime and I as they do Zac. We are encouraged to call anytime of the day or night for an update, we are greeted as friends as soon as we arrive and updated immediately on Zac; breathing, food, bowels and any results. They patiently answer our many and varied questions, gently guide us on how to look after Zac. They celebrate the highs and support us through the lows. They are truly special ladies (and one men!). Alongside the nurses are the red shirts (nurse specialists) and baby Doctors. They operate as a cohesive team, reviewing Zac during rounds and setting the course for his journey. This remarkable team are always available to have a chat should we ask, although generally not seeing them means things are as anticipated… no news is awesome news.
We are pleased to report that Zac is doing wonderfully well continuing to delight, amaze and engage us. His growth and development remains steady.
- Zac is full term! 37 weeks is medically full term and Zac was 37 weeks (adjusted) last Tuesday.
- Zac has now spent 74 days living at RPA
- Incredibly, Zac is now breathing without any support!
- Zac is 2.670kgs, heading toward 6 pounds in old terms.
- Zac is 46cm long. He has strong arms, enough to pull out his nasal prongs, chunky thighs to kick away his nappy as soon as it hints at being loose and chubby cheeks to delight the world.
- Zac is continuing to show no retinopathy of prematurity (ROP, mentioned here).
- Zac is holding his temperature and sleeping in a regular hospital cot.
- Zac is dining straight from Kate!
- Zac is loving swimming in the bath (with a little support from Kate)
Simon and I continue to need and call on our reserves of resilience. Sime is (mostly) successfully navigating the emotional and physical challenges of working full time and having a loved one in ICU. I am gritting in, now visiting the hospital multiple times a day as Zac and I learn to feed together. When not learning, I continue to express.
Although we are tired, with no doubt much more tiredness to come, love, laughter, food, good friends and your support keeps us going… not to mention the Lion products, plenty of coffee and dreaming of the three of us and Macka Morty (the ginger cat) being home together.
The incredible NICU team feel Zac has the end of the RPA journey in sight. We have started to get excited, sometimes struggling to contain our delight. Providing Zac continues to breathe on his own, feeds from the breast and survives the detox from his (equivalent 10) espresso coffees, we should be home by the time he was due to arrive July 1st 2014.