Today is Spencer’s 1 week birthday! It seems like this week has flown by. Joy and I have been visiting Spencer about 3 times a day and he continues to improve everyday. During the first 72 hours, he went from 3 lbs 12 oz down to 3 lbs 5 oz as he lost some fluids he had during pregnancy. He looks less swollen now and after 2 days on the bili lights, his bruising is nearly all gone and he has a beautiful, healthy color now. Spencer was only on the ventilator for the first few days. He now only needs to have a nasal cannula to make sure he gets enough oxygen while his lungs are developing. We asked our NICU nurse last night when Spencer would be able to come home with us and she said as soon as he reaches 4 lbs, can eat and breathe on his own, and he can maintain his own body heat. In the last few days he’s begun to eat better and put a little weight on. He’s up to 3 lbs 8 oz this morning.
Also this morning, Spencer got a special birthday treat… Daddy got to hold him!! It was too awesome.
We had our friend Melissa and her daughter Catie over last night to help us with the tree for Spencer’s nursery mural. Melissa’s is also a graphic artist but has much more experience in traditional artists’ media and created an awesome sketch of a tree. I got out some blue painters tape and we tried to recreate it on the wall to get a sense of scale and see how it would look full size. After we got the lines just right, we lightly sketched them on the wall in charcoal. Now we just need to get some paint and brushes and color everything in. Neither one of us has ever done a mural so I’m going to wait until she can return and help out with the painting and so she can help bring the tree to “life.” More pics to follow, but here’s the tape version for now (the charcoal lines were too faint to see in a photo).