Tuesday, January 5, 2010


The Big Weigh In

August is 5 pounds 5 oz and 18 1/2 inches long.
Luke is 3 pounds 14.5 oz and 17 3/4 inches long.
Henry is 4 pounds 3.5 oz and 16 1/4 inches long.

August, AKA Pipes, is obviously putting his calories to good use. Luke, AKA Bones, is on a medication to help his lungs. The medication has caused him to lose a little water weight. The good thing is that Luke's O2 needs are way down with this medication and he's on his way to getting put on the canula. So, we were disappointed a little by his weight loss, but are not too concerned about it because his lungs are looking really good. Henry, AKA Chubs, is still looking good and is as feisty as ever.

Everyone keeps wanting to know when these guys are coming home. The answer is, we don't know. My due date was Feb. 3rd and we had hoped to have the boys home around that time. They've all got to be able to suck, swallow and breathe. Henry got to enjoy his first bottle on Monday. He took about 5 ml's and did great. Henry has the worst reflux and right now is on a feeding tube that goes straight to his intestine to bypass the stomach. We were surprised when he took the bottle so easily and had no projectile vomiting or brady's. He'll keep getting a bottle daily and his intake will be increased. Henry loves his pacifier and definitely has the sucking part down. When he initially took the bottle he really went after it and then realized something was coming out and got a confused look on his face and stopped sucking. He would tentatively suck some more and then stop. When he was given the pacifier after the bottle you could tell he was really thinking about it, wondering if stuff was going to come out of the pacifier. He slowly sucked on the pacifier to test it out and then started going to town on that thing. That little kid's a real thinker.

Henry's first bottle on 1/4/09.

Henry Thomas Hale

August, AKA Pipes, is ready to start taking a bottle as well. His MD is going to get him started on one soon. August was born with brain bleeds and has hydrocephalus as a result. He is going to have to make a trip to Children's Hospital, hopefully this week, to have a shunt put in. So the MD plans to start him on the bottle after he gets back from Childrens. August spent three nights at Children's Hospital the week of Thanksgiving to have a reservoir put in prior to the shunt. The reservoir allows the MD at Baylor to drain the cerebral fluid daily. The shunt will take the place of the reservoir and will allow the cerebral fluid to drain to his stomach. A baby has to be over 4 pounds to have a shunt put in and August is now well over 4 pounds. Don't worry too much about this little guy. He's as strong as a bull and very well may be the first Hale Baby coming home.

Luke, AKA Bones, is getting there. He has ended up having the worst lungs of the boys. We're looking forward to him getting on the canula very soon. Luke hates the sipap and I mean hates it. I can't blame him one bit for it either. We wonder if part of his hard time gaining weight is due to all the calories he burns trying to get out of the sipap. He has to wear this terrible head gear that looks like an elephant with the long tube coming out of it. The head gear attaches a mask or prongs that go into his nostrils. I know it's uncomfortable and am so ready for this little guy to be ready for the canula. I am also ready for him to catch up on his weight. We are barely starting to hear Luke's cry these days. When his voice comes in fully it's going to be on!!!



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