This afternoon I scrambled to find someone to watch Micah and Tommy (during Tommy's nap) so I could return to the hospital for when Speech was going to come by and give him his first bottle at 2pm. She found a bottle at Target that is similar to the paci that he allows in his mouth, and this is the bottle we were going to try. Thankfully the wonderful Mother of my Husband could leave work to come watch Micah and Tommy so I could head back to the hospital to see how the bottle went, and learn how to do it myself. He did so wonderful with his first Bottle, he took 10cc (about 2 tsp) ALOT for a first bottle, on someone that's never had food by mouth before. He would give little sucks, then swallows, then rest, and then repeat again. After about 5-7 cc, speech let me try to give him some more. He tried again for me and took 5-3 cc more. His current feeding is 60 cc so that was 1/6th his feeding, and REALLY GOOD for a first try. It was a lot of work for him and he just passed out after we were done. The nurse finished the feeding gavaged (ng tube), and I rushed back home so my mother in law could return to work, and the stack of papers/people waiting for her.
Also, while there the doctor also got to see him swallow some of his feeding, and cheer him on. Also, because I was there I got a chance to ask speech and Dr Lucena if I could try to give him another feeding in the evening when I'm able to visit him (at the 11pm feeding). They said that would be fine, and I'm going to offer him about 10cc in a bottle this evening. Also, for consistency we are going to only have either me or the speech lady give him feedings for now, and after he's more comfortable, then we can have other people offer him feedings also (other people would first be the nurses, the other consistent family members that are able to visit too.) Also the plan for now is to give him feedings at 11pm and 11am so he has consistent bottles offered at consistent times, at 12 hour intervals. Speech will do 11am M-F and if I can do it on the weekend we'll do that, or possibly have the nurses try on the weekend if I'm not able to be there at 11am.