Archive for July 2016

After the Exams

It’s been a long morning but with good news. Asher’s bilirubin levels are in a normal range, his pediatrician was happy with his weight gain of 1.5 ounces (now at 4lbs 7oz), and the lactation consultant had some great tips and help getting Asher to stay awake better through feedings. It was a whole lot…

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2 Days Home

2 days of being home. It’s so much easier to get some sleep here. And contrary to most ideas about post c sections, I actually find myself able to rest more here. Maneuvering around in a hospital and racing back and forth to NICU is no small thing. I am grateful for the family and…

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Home Free

The last hour has felt like an eternity. We sit waiting for our last round of meetings with the doctor. Afterward Matt will load the car while I diaper and feed before our 90 minute trip HOME. I want out!

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One More Night

Asher did so well today. He gained a ounce (that’s a huge deal) and kept his body heat. He was groggy after his circumcision, but wasn’t fussy at all. He woke up and was super hungry too. We are in track for discharge and making time to say our thank you’s and goodbyes to our…

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Rooming In the Hospitality Suite

We have had our room transferred again this time we are much closer to NICU but on a day to day basis. We could find out by 7pm each day if we get to stay the night or not. The room room is much nicer than most hotel rooms even. However, I can’t figure out…

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Real Life in the NICU

Want a super real look at life as a NICU parent? 3am alarm went off. I fumble about on the nightstand to reach my phone to silence that awful ruckus. I had put the phone well within easy reach but I am not the most coordinated when waking from awful dreams. I start to yell…

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So Close

10pm update: Asher gained half an ounce since yesterday! That is a great achievement for him when combined with no assistive heat. Doctors don’t care so much about a weight amount but an overall consistent increase. Daily update: We had a very encouraging report on doctor’s rounds today. Tonight Asher will likely get to start…

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Are We There Yet?

Today’s goals: #1 get my pico vacuum bandage evaluated and likely removed by the OB that performed the c section. This will be my first time outside of the hospital in 2 weeks. It’s a short trip 5 min away but first outside air in weeks. It was more wet than expected for sure but…

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More Tummy Time Than Me

Today has been better than yesterday. Asher’s bilirubin levels came back low enough to turn the lights off. His next goal is to fatten up. The lights helped him push all that jaundice junk out, so he was diapering twice what he had been. Now we need to get some weight back on. At one…

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Ups and Downs

Today has been a chaotic day. The good: Asher’s bilirubin count (jaundice) is very much lowering. The doctor thinks after tomorrow morning’s blood test that he will be ready to have his lights off. They will then test again a day after that to confirm that they have stayed down. The hard part 1: my…

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