Day 17 Doctor: Bob Piecuch Nurses: Ida (night), Lori (day) Gestational age: 31.2 weeks Weight: 1287 g Length: 39 cm FiO2: 40% Flow: 2 LPM Feeding: Day 12, 24.4 ml Q 3 hr. (24 cal breast milk with liquid protein added.) Other issues: left lung ongoing PIE Other notes: resting mostly on left side (to splint the left lung and promote healing of PIE blebs) or prone (to promote digestion), little to no residuals at feeding times, elimination good. Enzo had a really good day today. He is finally heavier than his birthweight and is "tolerating" his increasingly rich and plentiful feedings well. Phillip got to hold him for about 2.5 hours around his 8 am feeding, and I got to hold him for about an hour at his 2 pm one. He was mostly relaxed and napping but did have moments of fussiness. Overall, he held his "sats" well and he is able to maintain his temperature without a hat. I'm amazed how much motor control he has. It's no problem for him to lift his head way up and peer around when he's trying to make his point! Dr. Bob suggested we could try non-nutritive (a.k.a. recreational) nippling at any time now, though our RT Melanie says we may want to switch from an OG tube (oral) to an NG tube (nasal) before doing so, so that it wouldn't get in his way. Phillip brought in some monochrome cuttlefish drawings to add to the NICU-provided visual stim cards on the roof of the isolette. They're super cute. Enzo hasn't let us know what he thinks of them yet. All in all, things are moving in the right direction. We just need to be patient and watch him grow!