Jayce also started eating again. His 48 hour fast, which led to days and days of minimal food intake are over! Now he's up to eating nearly 2 ounces every 3 hours (quite a lot for such a little man)! They're pleased with his progress AND his weight gain. He officially weighs 4lbs 9oz, huge I tell ya! ~ Not. At. All.
He's been on his anti-viral medication for 10 days and is doing really well with it. He recently transitioned to the oral medication, which he takes via syringe like a champ. Just sucks it right down, which is good because he'll be taking that twice a day until the end of August. One of the main side-effects to the meds is a low white blood cell count, which means a weakened immune system. So far, his white blood cells have remained stable, which is great news! Hopefully we won't have to worry about that on top of the virus itself.
Generally speaking, in every other aspect things are normal. Eating. Sleeping. Pooping. Peeing. You know, regular ol' baby stuff. He's had another visit from the OT who always has something to say or things he should "work on", but we try to remember he is only 2 weeks old. Besides, Adam decided that if an OT would've been evaluating Wil every few days she would've thought he was a moron! That sounds harsh, I know (I thought the same thing), but it's TRUE. We never worked on things with Wil. The kid never actually learned how to "roll over" because I never forced him to have "Tummy Time". I'm assuming he can now, but I've still never worked on it! Hmmm, can Wil roll over? Good question! Jayce sure has a lot of pressure and I'm trying to give him a break. He should technically be in the womb, after all.
Another dig... he failed ANOTHER hearing test, but good friends tell me that their little ones did too and hear just fine, thank you. We know that Jayce's biggest challenge will be his hearing and chances are, he will have some hearing loss if not be profoundly deaf. So like any crazy, scared Mommy, I came home immediately tonight and researched Cochlear Implants. Sign him up, please. They are amazing!
And so it goes... Another week down. Still no crystal ball, darn.
Last night, I was confessing to Adam that I just don't know if I can handle this (all of this), but more specifically... this not knowing what to expect or who Jayce will be. So calmly, my kind, soft-spoken, sweet husband spoke up and said, "he'll be our kid". And that's the truth. That's all we know. It's funny. So many people have told me how strong I have been these past 2 weeks. So not true. I got a letter from a dear friend who went through a similar situation nearly 7 years ago. She wrote about how she lived during those trying times and it PERFECTLY describes me: eyes closed, putting one foot in front of the other; not strength... survival, and only because I have to. I so admire Adam's strength and hopefulness. What would I do without him?
Jayce really is doing so well. It's hard to remember that because with all the good, we usually have something not so good come up each day. We're hoping that ends soon. The doctors hope to send him home on Monday! Monday, March 12 (the day of my scheduled induction). He will be 18 days old and our family will be together, finally! We shall see. Keep up the good work, Jayce!