Holy cow! I’m sore! I don’t know how much of it has to do with my 3 months of bed rest, and how much has to do with recently giving birth, but my arms, my shoulders, my legs, and my abdominal muscles feel like I just worked out for the first time after not exercising for, say, three months or so. My knee is also hurting, but I’m pretty sure that is related to the muscle atrophy from not doing anything for a long time.
Gaby is doing really well. She has jaundice, so she is having photo therapy. Basically that means she lies on an ultraviolet light blanket. She wears a little blue eye shade to protect her eyes from the light. Today her bilirubin count was a little higher, so the nurse expects it to take close to five days before she is off the light. The liver is supposed to break down the bilirubin, and her liver is still a little immature. Eating well and pooping well help her to get rid of the bilirubin, and while I was holding her today she had a huge poop (as huge as a 5 lb individual can produce), so that’s good. And I don’t even have to change it (yet). She is now eating pretty well (from the bottle, not so much from me). We went to visit her tonight and the nurse told me that she might be moved to the Critical Care Nursery on the 2nd floor. She is the most stable baby of all of them in the NICU (according to her nurse), and they are getting pretty crowded, so she is the best candidate for the move. They get the same care there, from the same staff of nurses. After the feeding, the jaundice, and the ability to maintain her body temperature, she will be able to come home. I don’t really know for sure how long that will be, but she is really doing well.
This is TMI (too much information), so you don’t need to read it. Remember that this is a record for me and for Gaby when she is older. When Gaby was first born they gave me instructions for pumping. They insisted that even a drop is valuable, and the first day I was literally handing over microscopic droplets to feed her. It was embarrassing. Day two there were like four drops. Still a little embarassing, but they told me it was all good, and to not feel too much pressure. On Sunday they let me try to feed her a little. After that I started producing a lot more milk. Unfortunately I had to go home without a good pump. They gave me a hand pump, but it was less comfortable, and less effective. Even so I was producing a lot more milk. Today finally I was able to rent a nice pump, so things are going better. Even so, nursing isn’t going great. I hope it gets easier.