Yesterday, three of my BFFs came to visit and to meet Andrew. They came with clothes, books and blankets for him, and made J & I a yummy dinner with plenty of leftovers...thank you so much! It was so great to see you all!
So, I mentioned in an earlier post that I have been pumping so they can feed Andrew with breast milk. Well, we've reached maximum capacity in our freezer. This picture just shows the top shelf of our freezer - there are multiple bags of milk in the bottom too with less and less space for food. Right now, I'm pumping way more than he can eat, and the NICU will only hold so much in their freezers. J took this as an opportunity to make a purchase - a 7 cubic foot deep freezer for our basement! We'll never fill the thing, but at least we will have a place to keep the milk - and to stock up on bulk meats in the future (hello, Omaha Steaks!!)
Thank you to everyone who has continued to ask about Andrew, and to send thoughts and prayers our way - they seem to be working!! We think Andrew is having a follow-up ultrasound in the next few days on his brain. While he didn't have any bleeding on the brain at birth, when they did an ultrasound at around 2 weeks old they did discover one. It is classified as a Level 2 bleed, which scared the crap out of us, but the doctors aren't too worried about - as long as it doesn't get bigger. Usually, level 2 bleeds resolve on their own, and cause no lasting damage developmentally. The more severe bleeds (L3 and L4) can cause significant problems, so we are nervous and hopeful that there are no changes in this follow up exam. (They have done one other ultrasound since they discovered the bleed, where there were no changes, so let's hope that continues.) I keep you all posted on the results when we get them.