Nate and I are happy to report that big Ben is doing great! He is a sleepy kid (wonder where he gets that from?) and is eating pretty well. Unfortunately, because of his size and being so early (4 weeks) he has had a few small issues to deal with.
Ben is one strong kid. He has been poked and prodded so many times that he has bruises on his little heels. He has had a few blood sugar problems which are common with preemies. He also got a fever which has now gone away. He is currently battling jaundice under the Billi lights. He seems to be loving his personal tanning bed but it's hard on mom and dad! He has to stay under the lights and can only come see us for 30 minutes every 3 hours. We are missing him big time!
Because of the jaundice, big Ben gets one more night in this luxury hospital. The most amazing part is, the hospital is letting us rent the room I've been in for an extra night (for $35!) so we don't have to leave him here alone! That is the best news because neither of us can imagine having to leave him overnight. I can't imagine how parents with babies in the NICU do it for days on end. They are stronger than us!