So, now that Gwyneth is up past 2000 grams (4lbs 6oz), the only other major hurdle she needs to clear is to be able to eat everything from her bottle consistently. (She also needs to come down on a few of her meds, but that should come with the rest of it.)
She has already been fed three times from the bottle today, eating most of the bottle each time, so we are definitely seeing improvements. She'll keep her feeding tube until she's eating everything.
She becomes very agitated (as she has been doing for several weeks) about an hour before feeding time (she is fed every three hours). Her cries sound just like any other newborns, except not quite as loud. But, most of the time, she is either sleeping or just hanging out and checking things out (mostly the ceiling).
Gwyneth continues to hold her body temp incredibly well, often becoming too warm (which is why you see so many pics of her waving around). We continue to be amazed and incredibly thankful for the progress that Gwyneth is making!
As a side note, I kindly ask, again, that you withhold unsolicited baby advice based on what you see and read on the blog. If you're seeing/reading it here, it's because we've chosen to share it with you...if the baby is un-swaddled in the NICU, you can assume that it's OK with us and the medical staff...if I mention that she was sucking her thumb for ten seconds, don't assume that she'll be sucking her thumb for the rest of her life...etc. It's very frustrating to have people appear to assume that we're uneducated, irresponsible parents, and it certainly doesn't encourage us to want to continue sharing as much as we have been sharing. We understand that it's "good intentions", but it's still frustrating (and, we realize that might not understand why and that reading this may hurt a few feelings). If you see/read something that you don't like, please, leave it up to our family and/or doctors to correct us...I promise that they will.
As always, those discouraging comments/emails are such a drop in the bucket compared to the encouraging and positive comments/emails we receive, it's easy to stay focused on the good. And for that, we continue to be incredibly thankful!