Tuesday, October 16, 2007

A muted Hooray!

We went to the Dr. yesterday. Baby's Bilirubin is down to ten (declining faster off the blanket than it was on...) and he gained 5 oz.

He's still not up to birthweight, but at least he's proven that he's willing to eat... so we get another week's grace period before the Dr. starts pushing formula.... (Our Dr. has been really good about this.... he's doing everything he can to let us keep breastfeeding... and I'm planning on hauling in the lactation consultants as well.... but I think this child is finally figuring out how to care about food (he actually woke me up to eat every 1.5 hours last night!!!!! I'm exhausted, but relieved...)

In other news, the girls are down with some flu/fever/vomit/nasal thing... so I'm still too busy/worn down to write.... but not as stressed as I was.... after all, improving baby with fall-virus-stricken sisters is MUCH better than NICU baby. =)

Besides, this means we're getting our annual bout of sick girls out of the way early... and I can tell they're improving. Today they actually care about what video's on while they lay on the couch... enough to squabble over it!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

The Cascade Effect

Baby's first week troubles and second week bili-blanket translated into poor nursing...

So this week we've been doing nothing but nursing skin-to-skin in a last ditch effort to avoid a failure-to-thrive diagnosis.

(Our Dr. is very pro-breastfeeding-- hence his "prescription" of skin-to-skin and more time to teach the baby how to eat...)

I think we'll have a good weight gain on Monday --- baby's cheeks have filled out and his arms and legs are getting fatter and the whole nursing thing has finally clicked with him....

But in the meantime, I'm still on my "maternity leave" from serious writing/ blogging....

Because if I didn't think kids were more important than career, I would have gone for a PhD.....

btw--if anyone is curious about his name, contact me by other means.... I'm kind of leery of posting that on blogger...

Monday, October 8, 2007

Rough 2 weeks for babyb #3

So the little guy was 6 lb 11 oz, but over a month early! (What can I say-- we have big babies around here...)

I had an easy labor and delivery (too easy-- after he broke his water bag they needed to put me on pitocin to get things moving...)

#3, not so much.

He was having breathing trouble, and got whisked away to the NICU. He ended up under an oxygen tent and run through with IVs. No one could hold him for 24 hours.

Then, after 3 days, we got to go home... only to return a day and a half later with sky-high bilirubin levels and another three days in the hospital...

We're calling him our 15,000 dollar baby (over and above normal childbirth expenses!)

Having a child in the hospital was the worst experience of my life. I've learned that I'd much rather be in pain myself than see my child suffer.

He's been home for a week now, but on a "bili blanket" to help with his jaundice... so we're pretty much tied to a chair...

Anyway, here's the most pathetic baby's first picture in the world-- I still want to cry every time I see it