I am happy to announce that Xi En’s weight is now 2.18kg. It is definitely a great improvement from his birth weight of 1.27kg! He is looking much chubbier, rosier and cutier. 🙂
The doctors have started him on bottle feeding every alternate feeds for 5 minutes. Thus he is learning how to coordinate breathing and drinking at the same time now. This might come naturally for a full term baby but for a premature baby; this act of sucking and breathing requires much effort and energy. Rightfully, at 36 weeks, he should still be in my womb, relying on the placenta for nutrients. But he is doing his best now, prematurely learning the art of feeding. 🙂
In the midst of feeding and post feeding, Xi En’s SpO2 level often cycles up and down. Kim and I will stare hard at the monitoring machine like a hawk; encouraging and reminding Xi En to breathe and breathe.
Due to his fluctuating SpO2 level, Xi En also had a lung x-ray done to rule out any abnormalities in the lungs. We are getting the results later and “prayerfully”, all will be well. 🙂 Stay tuned for more updates on this little fighter’s journey. 🙂