Sometimes you get so caught up in the day to day struggles you miss out on the progress that is being made. Since Noah left the day patient feeding program I've felt the constant NICU-like pressure to get him to gain weight (or else!). Each good day is a victory and each bad day a defeat. When we were day patients our nutritionist told me that they didn't all have to be good (feeding) days - as long as there were more good than bad everything would work out in the end. I thought that was really great advice. Unfortunately I spend so much time worrying about the bad days that I don't often notice the good days when they do happen.
Today we had feeding clinic and met with all of the specialists who follow the day patients. They were quite pleased with Noah's progress. Not only has he continued to make (slow) progress as an outpatient, he's growing like crazy. At Noah's discharge he weighed 21 lb 7 oz (9.74 kg) and had a height of just over 30" (76.3 cm). Two months later Noah now weighs 23 lb 6 oz (10.6 kg) and has a height of just under 31" (78.2 cm). If you had asked me yesterday I would've told you he was struggling with his weight gain. Guess it's time to look at the big picture.