Two weeks ago today Jackson made his appearance. His first weeks have been filled with every possible test you could imagine. As Daniel mentioned before, he passed his hearing and eye tests with flying colors. Jackson also had a MRI done along with a Lower GI last week. Both tests came back normal. His doctors have wanted to rule out the possibility of any other connected conditions to his cleft lip and palate, thus the vast array of tests.
Jackson is gaining weight, weighing in at 7 lbs. 3 oz. on Saturday. We have been waiting for him to eat better from his special bottle (Pigeon Nipple and Bottle) and digest what he's eating, and poop on his own. It's amazing how poop becomes a common topic of conversation once you have a baby. J As of today, Jackson is pooping consistently on his own! Yay! And he has had low to no residuals (undigested food) the past few days. His bilirubin levels (jaundice) are finally going down (primarily due to the fact that he is now digesting and pooping), so he is no longer under the lights. We are making definite progress! Hopefully that means it'll be sooner than later that Jackson will be able to come home. We sure are hoping; it has been hard to be home without him.
I am doing much better, recovering slowly but surely. I had my two week post-op appointment today and everything seems to be healing really well. I can't believe I've already lost over 40 pounds, and am only 5 pounds off my original weight!
We have greatly appreciated all your prayers and support of us over the past months. We will continue to update you with any news and progress. Please continue to pray for Jackson, that he eats and poops and gets to come home to us soon. We love you.