Hi all--hope everyone is doing well! This thread has been so quite! Guess we're just pretty busy
P came home from the hospital about 18 hours after starting the phototherapy. His levels were labeled as "low risk" rather than "high risk" by then so they let us go. His coloring went back to yellow again pretty quickly, and I took him back to have it checked this Tuesday. It was the same as it was the week before when they released us from the hospital, but with bilirubin levels they are supposed to go DOWN with age, and a baby that is over 7 days old should have a level of 10 or under, and his is 13.3. He's too old for it to still be newborn jaundice, as that ends at 1 week of life, and he now has a fancy jaundice called breast milk jaundice--which only happens in up to 2.4% of babies and tends to run in families (we do not have any history of this in our families), and basically means there is an agent in my milk that is blocking certain proteins access to his liver. Because the level is just slightly above normal, nothing is being done. Which is okay with me as long as he doesn't get worse. It's been a long couple weeks around here!
I had to go back to the doctor this week myself as I ended up with an infection...and may have let it go a little too long. Had a good fever and chills and aches so figured I should probably go. Got some antibiotics that I am taking 4 times a day (giant pain!) but am feeling a little better. The fever and chills are gone but still have a decent amount of pain. Have to go back again on Monday for a following up.
Took him in for his 2 week check up today and he has gained a pound and grown an inch since last week! Little chunker Nursing is going well, he's eating every 2 hours during the day (even if I have to wake him up for it) and on demand at night, which is usually every 3ish hours. Still waiting for his cord to fall off!
Cool update Athena. I've never heard of breast milk jaundice, glad they aren't too worried though. Joel was a little jaundiced but it must have just been the newborn kind as it went fairly quickly.
Was it mastitis you had? I got it with my eldest, fortunately I managed to catch it before it turned nasty but I remember the chills and fever, I felt so ill!
As for Joel and me, we're doing well. I get him weighed Thursday so not sure where he's at, last week he had put on back up to his birth weight plus an oz so hopefully he should he around the 8lb mark now. Feeding is going ok, he was cluster feeding a lot but that's slowing down now and he's doing better at night too - he just slept a 4 hour block which was nice for me!
Think the baby blues are all done and dusted with, I still feel tired but not panicky like I did last week. Hubby goes back to work today and I feel fine about it. The hardest bit is when toddler and baby are crying at the same time but I've devised a way of holding them both at the same time which is helpful lol.
Ha! I can't imagine two criers! Other than screening for five hours straight the one day we attempted newborn pictures, P hasn't been a crazy crier so far. He's still working in his day/ night situation too so I'm very jealous of your four hours! P seems to sleep 9-1, be awake from 1-5, then sleep until about 8. But I'm not complaining about getting 6 hrs of sleep... Ha!
I have a pretty super UTI from the catheter they put in with the epidural. Stinks :/
How is everyone doing? Suppose we should make a group in another section now? There probably is one...hmm...haven't even looked at it yet!
Porter is doing pretty well. He's almost 12lbs now, quickly becoming a sumo wrestler. He's a pretty happy baby until about 4/5pm, when he's pretty cranky every night until bedtime. He is still eating every 2 hours unless he happens to be asleep when 2 hours hits! Last night he slept almost 4.5 hrs between the second and third night feeding, which made me VERY happy...but it never happens that way any other night!
Oooo I'm jealous of smiling and coos. We're not QUITE there yet but I think she might be close I've caught her almost smiling while awake a couple times now. I think she's probably around 10lbs now. She was 8-12 at the last appointment and seems to be gaining a bit more than an ounce a day. She seems huge already. She tends to go 3-4hrs between feeds and has a couple times gone 5hours at night (of course I start peeking at her at 3 hours regardless cause she has me trained so it doesn't help me too much) I still can't put her down while she's awake without fireworks. I'm pretty sure u can hear her saying "I'm awake and no one is holding me, surely you made a mistake"... I'm glad someone else mentioned the crying before bed. Ugh. Exhausting 2-3hrs of evening screaming. I read somewhere babies her age cry an average of 3hrs a day and I'm pretty sure she saves up for bedtime.
I understand completely, Fisher! Evenings are so exhausting. He likes being awake during the day though.... for about a half an hour. Then he cries. A lot. I'll be glad when this little milestone is over!
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