So much has happened since I've last posted. Elijah is doing very well. He is able to maintain a healthy body temperature on his own so they took him out of the incubator and put him in an open bed. It's so great because I can touch him and see him so much better now.
He's up to 4lbs 8.2oz and getting bigger. The exciting thing lately is that he has been trying to nurse from a bottle. It's only a very small amount and only on occasion but he's doing it! I'm so excited. I know every little thing makes it that much closer to him coming home! I'm going up there to spend tomorrow and Friday with them so I'm very much looking forward to bottle feeding him for the first time!
I noticed on Sunday that when I was holding him, he stayed wide awake for almost 1/2 an hour. That's the longest I've seen him awake and alert. I was worried I was stressing him out and he wasn't able to sleep but the nurse said that he is getting older and was just very aware that "Mommy" was there and he didn't want to miss out. I liked her version best. It made me feel so good - like my baby did know who I was.