Bed head

This morning we visited Oliver. Tanya bottle fed and burped him for the first time. He is now 3 pounds and doing great.

And, he has bed head, looking pretty cute.

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Awake and alert

Oliver was so alert this evening, it was so nice to see his eyes. Over the past few days we have seen a few changes in him, it is really amazing to see the changes happen so fast.

The tube in his nose goes into his stomache, this allows the nurses to feed him while he is sleeping or if he isn’t interested in sucking.

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Skin to skin

Skin to skin (also known as kangaroo care) is the process of which the baby is placed right on top of your chest. The baby’s skin is in contact with your skin. 

There are a number of benefits to this skin to skin contact.

Bonding

The most important benefit in my mind is the bonding that happens with skin to skin. And this is especially important for dads and moms with premies who didn’t get the skin to skin contact just after the birth of the baby.

When the baby is next to your skin, right under your neck, it starts to associate the comfort with your smell. This will create a bond between your baby and you. This is very important when your baby is in the NICU and you’re not around the baby 24 hours a day.

Regulate body functions

Skin to skin contact can help baby 

  • Regulate breathing rate
  • Regulate heart rate
  • Regulate temperature

This reduces stress for the baby and will result in a healthier and happier baby.

Improve milk flow (only for the moms)

Having the baby right next to the breast will improve the milk supply for mom. More milk means more nutrition which will mean a healthier baby.

Oliver resting for the evening.

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One proud dad

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Mom and babe

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Our tiny new family member

Oliver Hays, moments before heading heading to NICU, he got one quick look at his parents. I followed him to NICU afterwards and watched the nurses do amazing work. Tanya is recovering and Oliver is doing well.

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Tiny little hands

Oliver was so small when he came out, this is him only a few minutes old.

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Presenting Oliver Hays

Tanya and I have added a new member to our family, Oliver came into this world kicking and screaming 5 weeks early and weighing only 2 pounds and 10 ounces. Oliver was delivered via a cesarian section and is being cared for by the amazing NICU staff.

A new chapter

This is a new chapter for Tanya and I and we are excited to have a beautiful baby boy now part of our family. About a week ago we learned the baby was struggling in Tanya and that the baby would have to be delivered prematurely. The last week has been stressful as we have had to deal with the stress of this small baby, daily monitoring and a week long hospital visit.

Now that Oliver has been born, we are relieved and visit him as much as we can. It is such a treasure to have this tiny human look into our eyes and we are looking forward to the days ahead.

He’s a fighter

Oliver is turning out to be a tough little guy. upon birth, his lungs were mature and he came out kicking and screaming. We were so glad to hear his scream in the operating room, both Tanya and I know that he will do great.

Over the past few weeks, both Tanya and I have heard countless stories about babies smaller then ours that turn out to be completely healthy and strong babies, babies and adults. I am convinced that he will be strong kid and soon enough he will be pushing me around and asking for the car.

The road ahead

We have been warned that the road ahead won’t be the easiest, but we are ready. As a general rule, Oliver will be in the NICU until at least his original due date (about  5 weeks away), and that will mean a lot of trips from home to hospital, feeding him and providing kangaroo care. We are ready for the challenge and we know that this will result in a healthy strong baby.

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