Baby Braden Petska

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Braden's "Promotion"

Good Afternoon,
Braden was moved today....he's still in the PICU, but on a different wing. They needed his room for a more "serious" patient, so he was moved to a different room. This is one step closer to moving OUT of the PICU :-) Today was his first day of trying oral feeds. They've started him on a "slow flow" bottle. He swallowed a titch, but not a whole lot. Whatever he doesn't drink from the bottle, they put in his "feed bag" that flows through his feeding tube (in his nose). They will work with him everyday to drink from the bottle. Now that we're onto the feeding part of the recovery, going home depends on how well he does with eating. We'll be here for at least another week, but there's a big chance it could be longer.

They weighed him today and he's up to 8lbs 10oz. I'm not sure what he has to weigh for surgery 2, but everyday they will chart his weight and growth. The timeline for surgery 2 will all depend on how much he grows in the next few months....it could be in 2 months or it could be in 4 months. We hope to get out of here soon, so we can spend as much time at home before he has to come back for round 2.

Rich is up here right now, and he's enjoying every minute of being able to hold his lil' boy. Grandma Lois was up here today and got to hold Braden for the first time :-) Grandma Patsy is next! We're very excited that we're finally able to "share" Braden with others. Thanks to those of you who came to visit us this past weekend....we look forward to many more visits as Braden progresses each and every day. Thank you again for your continued support and prayers.

Love,
Steph

11 Comments:

Anonymous John, Missy, and Tyler Nelson said...

Way to go Braden!!! What awesome news. You continue to stay in our thoughts and prayers every day. I check the blog all the time (some would say I am addicted) and I print the pages for the girls at Peoples State Bank to read. We are all pulling for you and your little man.

Thanks for continuing to keep us updated! Take care!

John, Missy, and Tyler Nelson

4:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea BabyB!

What a relief for you that he is closer to out of PICU!!

4:10 PM  
Anonymous Uncle Lar and Aunt Gooch said...

Thanks for sharing the good news for today! It is great to see that Braden is taking "baby steps" and gaining that weight. While we were in the backwoods of Minnesota over the weekend, and not having internet service and cell phone service, I think we were all having "Braden Withdrawal".
Uncle Lar and Aunt Gooch

4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are so excited for you and Braden. It must be such a relief to know he is on his way to coming home soon! As long as he eats like Steph things should be looking up :) Grandma Patsy must be itching to come down again.
Love
Jim, Fran, Hailee & Sheridan

6:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What great news. Braden is one tough little guy! I'm sure the grandparents are thrilled to get to hold him! Rich and Steph, you guys are incredible--continuing to take time out of your day to keep the rest of is informed, your amazing strength in each other, and your constant faith! Your whole family will continue to be in our prayers.
Love and Blessings,
Lisa & Dennis

7:23 PM  
Blogger Cara Rybarik said...

EXCELLENT!
Way to go Braden- power to the "B's"!
Love your bud,
Bryce Rybarik

8:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great News! We are as excited as you must be! They kids want to know if he is on a special formula?

We have all been keeping up to date with the help of your blogs...and we are still praying for you all. Thank you for the updates and hugs and kisses to Braden!

Love,
Traci, Ray, Rachel and Amy

8:37 PM  
Blogger The Hall's said...

Congrats on the promotion!! Keep up the good work.

Love,
Chris, Justin, Dirt and Katlyn

9:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an accomplishment!
Way to go Braden! Keep up the good work! We're rooting for ya!

Love,
Kory, Lisa & Evan

9:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GOOD NEWS...Our thougths and prayers are with you all. As soon I get home Uncle Pete wants me to log on to find out about our little figther," Braden "
Rich and Steph keep up your streght, soon the three of you will be home.

Love you Irma

9:52 PM  
Anonymous Pat Cornish-Hall said...

You all are truly a blessing. Just think, he graduated and he's less than a month old. How cool is that! I can't imagine the feeling you all get when you are able to hold little Braden. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Love ya,
Pat

9:38 AM  

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