William is now 5#13.8 oz. Today I went up to the hospital at about 10:30am and stayed till about 3pm. I enjoyed an afternoon full of snuggling my little guy and giving him lots of loving. He had his 11am feeding today and took about 15 cc. Last night at his bottle he sucked lots and swallowed lots (~20 suck swallow combinations together) he looked like he was doing so much better than the 15 cc volume he ended up taking in the end. Then today he was hardly sucking and was drowning himself with every suck. He coughed and sputtered 2 twice during the feeding once at the very beginning and then about half way through. So his sucks were a lot stronger today during the day, but weren't very well coordinated with his swallows, or he was having such a strong suck he couldn't swallow all the liquid he was getting from the bottle. After his bottle he slept on my chest in a wrap for a while and then woke up about an hour before his 2pm feeding. I was planning on leaving, so about 1:30 I went to pump and leave, but when I came back from pumping it was 2pm and time for another feeding, so I couldn't pass up on holding him while he ate. I held him and dipped his paci in milk while he sucked on it for a little bit while he ate. (So he develops the relationship between having something in his mouth and a full belly.) I did offer him some of the sucrose water, and he hated it, and much preferred what he was familiar with (breastmilk) All in all it was a good day. I stayed too long for Rob, but I really enjoyed my William time
This evening I went up for the feeding and he did great had a very coordinated suck and swallow and before we knew it in ~17 min his bottle was gone he'd taken the complete 20cc.