Friday, December 19, 2014

I hate Cold/Flu Season

I'm in the living room, where I currently live.  Husband is upstairs with a belly ache that I can only hope is food poisoning or a really disagreeable lunch choice. C4 has had a resurgence of viral symptoms.  He's complaining of sore throat, but because he's already on a fairly powerful antibiotic for his impetigo, I am pretty safe in assuming it isn't strep throat.  His fever is low grade, which also trends viral.  He started showing symptoms about 2 days before Baby Girl came home, they came back on Thursday and tonight he briefly spiked that low grade fever.  The sore throat keeps him from eating, which is just peachy because his next weigh in is on Jan 14 and I'm running out of time to catch that up.

Speaking of weigh ins, we had a weight check for Baby Girl and she only gained 13 grams (slightly less than half an ounce) since Monday.  She'd gained a bunch in the couple of days since we'd been out of the hospital, then nothing for the last few days.  She'd been awake a LOT the last few days, so I'm hoping that is the cause and we'll be able to get her settled back down.  I just started using a new type of bottle for her fortified feeds, so hopefully that helps as well.  If it ends up being as awesome as it seems, I may even post a review :)

Baby Girl also had a follow up eye exam today.  Still absolutely horrifying, still refusing to watch the exam.  The good news is that she's now Stage 0, Zone 3, which is close to having the completed growth of those vessels.  Hopefully we'll only have to have one more eye exam 3 weeks from now when she reaches term (40 weeks gestation).

Since I'm soloing infant care, I should head off to sleep.

Baby Girl is 6 lbs 2 oz, which seems huge.  She's supposed to gain an ounce a day, but we didn't get there this time.  Hopefully next weigh in on Tuesday will show better results.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

So Very Exhausted

Life with a new born (even one that is 3 months old) is absolutely exhausting.  Baby Girl is a completely different experience than C4.  She eats, a lot.  It is fun, but super exhausting.  I'm getting about 3 hours of sleep total, usually in 3-4 different naps. We'll get a better pattern as time goes on (I hope).  I have only been able to pump about 4 times a day instead of the previous 8 times.  Baby Girl is nursing 8-10 times per day in addition to her 2 fortified bottles.

Baby Girl has her next eye exam tomorrow, we're not looking forward to it, she hates them SO much (totally understandably).

I miss knowing that someone with years of medical training and experience is always keeping an eye on her.  I miss the support and camaraderie I experienced daily in the NICU.  Also, I miss being able to hand night feedings off to someone else and getting 3-4 straight hours of sleep.  The next three months will be intentionally isolating as we strive to avoid RSV, the flu and any respiratory infections that could affect Baby Girl.  This is made especially difficult by C4's habit of continually becoming infected with the various viruses he comes in contact with.

We received some awesome holiday clothes from an awesome friend we made along this micro preemie journey.  The onsie even matches the PJs, how cool is that?!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

First Day Home

We have survived our first day home.  It has been a VERY long day.  Baby Girl is confused by the lack of noise and bustle around her.  It disconcerts her and she is having some trouble sleeping.  I've had 2 hours of sleep last night, plus a 1 hour nap and a half hour nap today. Husband has had about 4 hours total.

The schedule we're working to maintain is rough.  I'm supposed to pump after every feeding and we're giving 3 bottles a day.  I think Baby Girl is having a growth spurt as she's been cluster feeding this evening.  I had a lot of trouble believing she wanted to eat as much as she wanted as often as she wanted. I can't find any of my breastfeeding pillows, which is super annoying.

Husband is trying to sleep, I'm trying to pump real quick and I can hear Baby Girl waking upstairs... she's sleeping about 10 minutes, then crying again.  She's having a lot of spit up issues, but the NICU didn't like the word reflux... We'll be talking to our pediatrician and see what she thinks...

Our parents took turns with C4 yesterday and today, which gave us an opportunity to settle in a bit before adding to the chaos.  This is going to be CRA-Z!