WE HAVE BELLY PEOPLE! I was so pleasantly surprised after his dressing change to see exposed belly, and it looked so beautiful! I know that's just a small victory - a today victory, but I'll take it! If we wake up tomorrow and he has blister there, I will be so sad, but I'm so happy in this moment - it has made my day. I was literally dancing.
I was here by myself for about an hour this morning, and Jonah was the most wide awake I've ever seen him. He focused on me so hard, and I felt like he really knew it was me. We had some great one-on-one time (I cried through most of it), and I was thankful for his alertness. I hadn't taken the camera back with me though, so I missed out on some great pictures.
He is now wearing the pulse-Ox monitor on his upper left arm. He doesn't have a lesion there and they put ointment on first and bandages over it, so it won't stick. Hopefully it won't cause any further damage, but even if it causes a blister, it still makes me feel better to be monitoring his oxygen.
He's still not eating. He definitely seems interested, but he just won't swallow. I don't know if he doesn't want to or can't, but it's extremely frustrating. If the ENT doesn't get up here soon to check him out, I'm going after him/her myself. The speech and occupational therapists came today and say his tongue and mouth reflexes look good, but they don't want to force too much with the swallowing or increase his feeds until we know what's going on in his throat. His head and face continue to look good (and EXTREMELY cute), so that gives me hope. He's so adorable. I fall more and more in love with him every second. Five minutes after we got home last night, I looked at the pictures of him that I took and that I posted, and was ohhing and ahhing about how precious they were. I told Matt that I missed him and wanted to go back. :) But I did get a full 6 hours of sleep, so it was good that I took a break.
Here are some more great ones -
Aunt Shaina meets Jonah for the first time.