Babies don't develop a reliable suck-swallow reflex until they're about 35 weeks. Henry is showing signs that he is getting ready for life outside of the hospital. He is over 4 lbs now and you can see by the picture that he is getting chubby cheeks! I congratulated him on looking more like a baby and less like a fetus. Perhaps that's only funny in the NICU. When these babies are born so early they don't look like the babies you typically see strolling around malls in car seats and strollers. Slowly, though, they grow and you start to see the baby they are going to be.
They have taken him off of that caffeine-like medicine. He is still having the spells where his heart will stop beating or he will stop breathing for a bit, but the nurses don't seem concerned. He bounces out of them pretty quickly and without intervention.
I have hopes that Henry will be home in about three weeks. It could be as early as two weeks, but I'm not holding my breath. And I'm willing to give him all of the time he needs. Premature babies are more challenging to care for once they're finally home. It's a pain to drive in to the hospital every day, but I am appreciating the 24 hour nursing that Henry has while I take care of things at home. I can't wait until he is ready to come home!