Swallow Study -
The swallow study was done, and showed several things we knew already. He had a poor suck (we knew this). He also had poor movement of the liquid to the back of his mouth. He did get some up in his nose, and he also swallowed some, and didn't aspirate, but they only gave him 2 cc of fluid (60 cc in 2 oz), so he could have aspirated if they gave him larger quantities of fluid, there's no way to tell. This gives us a base line for next time, and allows us to see he is swallowing saliva as we suspected.
I'm encouraged to see him routing slightly more, and also trying to shift his head/body toward the breast. He even opened his mouth this evening when I moved my finger closer, so hopefully Lord willing he will continue to improve in this directly.
Thanks for your prayers! It is really encouraging to me to see the comments on the blog and know you are reading, and praying.
Here's a verse that a friend of mine shared with me at my shower that's been encouraging to me recently:
Psalms 71:6 For Thou are my mode; O Lord God, Thou art my confidence from my birth; Thou art He who took me from my mother's womb; My praise is continually of The.