He seems to be gaining some comfort with nursing, although his NG tube is still in since he seems too tired to eat sometimes.
|Baby Luke with his NG Tube|
Also, we had a disappointing result with his hearing screening... he didn't pass his hearing test for either ear and will be referred to an audiologist for a comprehensive follow up exam following his discharge to verify his hearing.
Genetics was also in this morning. Our geneticist seems to be hopeful that Luke might have the mosaic form of Trisomy 21 as he doesn't have all of the physical features you'd expect to see in a baby with down syndrome. Mosaic Trisomy 21 is the rarest form of DS, only occurring in 2%-4% of individuals with the anomaly. Research has shown that children with mosaicism reach certain motor milestones earlier than children with typical DS, such as crawling and walking alone. However, the speech development was equally delayed in both groups. On average their IQ has been found to be between 10 and 30 points higher than individuals with typical DS. We won't know the actual results until the karyotype test comes back in 7 to 10 days. (**Update** The karyotype results did come back and Luke doesn't have Mosaic T21, he has full strength T21, although we still don't know if it's nondisjunction or translocation - we should find that out at our next appointment with the genetics team.)
We got a special approval today from the NICU director to allow Matthew in the unit tomorrow for 30 minutes to meet baby brother Luke for the first time on Christmas day.