Monday, June 9, 2008

Day 16 - 6/9/08

Weight: 14.3 oz - I'm betting he will be a lb before the week is over.

Feedings: Every 5 hours

Eaten in last 24 hrs: Approx 160 ml of KMR

Stimulation: Still making progress. Yesterday we had a moment of excitement (for me) because one tiny little dropped leaked out all on its own. Amaziing what my life has become!

Well we made a relatively seamless transition to every 5 hours for feedings (from every 4 hours). You would not believe the difference an hour makes to me. The only issue is that when it is time to eat, Little Porker Dudley eats too fast and makes his formula come out his nose, so we have to go through a sneezing fit before we can continue. Also, Dudley gets a little insistent and loud when he feels it is time to eat. We are teaching him to tell time, by showing him the clock when he starts screaming and explaining that he still has two hours to go before it is time to eat again.

Over the weekend, Dudley's back legs got stronger by the hour. He is now walking around with no problem. Turning around is still an issue for him; he has to sit down and turn on his rear and then he is up and moving again. Also, he is not sleeping as much and when he is not asleep he thinks that everyone should be paying attention to him and either holding him or down on the rug with him while he practices walking. I have said this before, but it bears repeating, there is nothing wrong with Dud's lungs. When you put him down on the rug by himself, he gets intimidated by how big the world is, so you have to come down with him to make him feel safe.

Dudley's personality is starting to come out as he makes these physical leaps and bounds. Today, he and Huge Eug were sharing my lap (it's such a shame no one was there to take a picture of the two of them asleep on my lap). When Dudley woke up, he decided he didn't want to share and he went marching down my lap to take on Huge Eug. He tried swatting at Huge, who gave him one look and bit him - not hard, no one got hurt, it was just a little nip to let Dudley know he didn't have a shot in hell.

As you can see from the pictures below, Dudley has hit the cute kitten stage. His cat features are becoming more pronounced - his ears have popped and are growing, his nose is getting pointy (it was kind of smushed when we first found him) and you can see his irises are starting to form in his eyes. Also, now that he is a "big boy", in his mind, he is helping me knit. If you enlarge the pictures you can really see the changes in his eyes and just how fluffy his fur is.


karengberger said...

He's up; he's playing! What a miracle! What a guy! I'm in love with Dudley!

KBL 2 ORD 2 SAN said...

Me too!!! I'm soooo in love with him. I show his picture to everyone at work as if he were my very own. Give him lots and lots of belly rubs and kisses and massages and nuzzles from me. What a miracle baby!

I 'effin LOVE animals!!!

amanda said...

(Is that eug snickering???)

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