It's so much fun to watch this little baby. He's just so darn cute. Justin and I are so sad that our friends and family are too far to share in his early stages of life. We'll just continue with lots of photos so everyone can keep up with his development. Motherhood is so wonderful and fulfilling.
So here is our morning status. The blood cultures came back and everything was fine. No infections and Andrew can stop the antibiotics. Which is good cause it was a shot in the leg every 6 hours that he was never happy with.
Now, however there is a different problem. His bilirubin count is too high. (This is what is causing the jaundice and making him look like our Yellow M&M) It is supposed to at least be under 12 and it is at 12.8 this morning. So we are waiting for the pediatrician to stop by to let us know how much longer Andrew will need to stay at the hospital. It may be a thing where he just needs to be put under a light for a few hours and then we can take him home with a special blanket. Or we may have to stay awhile longer.
The good news is that he has been taking in some food. This will help him clear out the bilirubin that is making him so tired. We had problems during the day all yesterday trying to wake him up to eat. As soon as Mom would hold him, little Andrew would settle right down and go back to sleep. By nightfall however we were able to keep him awake long enough to eat and he is showing good progress. Hopefully if he continues to eat he will start to clear out the bilirubin and we can go home!
We are still at the hospital. The doctors would like Andrew to stay until tomorrow morning for his blood cultures to come back and to continue his antibiotics. So we will be leaving our room this evening, but will be able to "Camp Out" in the waiting room to be with Andrew for most of the night.
He is doing real well right now, just a little jaundiced and tired. He was up most of the night with Mommy. Speaking of whom, Mommy also needs her sleep. Right now both are resting.
There is nothing more exciting than watching our son sleep peacefully.
Well last night started off very interesting. About 2 o'clock the nurse came in and took Andrew to be weighed. About 45 minutes later Susan woke up and the baby still had not come back. A quick call to the nurse revealed that Andrew was having difficulty breathing. (Still not sure why the nurse did not tell Susan right away what was happening.)
Apparently something got into one of his lungs and his breath rate was twice what it should be. Andrew was moved tothe Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for oxygen and x-rays. It appears that he swallowed some amniotic fluid and that is what was causing the problem. Last night he was breathing around 80-100 times a minute and should have been around 40-60 times a minute. After a little help with the oxygen Andrew was able to clear out his lungs enough to get his breathing rate back down by this morning. He is doing great now and if we can get him to feed twice in a row we may be able to take him back up to Susans room. He will have to stay in the hospital for at least two days while he has an IV of anti-biotics and waits for his blood culture to come back.
All in all it was more scary for Mom and Dad than anything else. But now everything is pretty much back to normal.
By the way, our room phone number is 513-***-****. Although we are not always in our room, we spend as much time as possible up at the NICU.
Well we have now been at the hospital for 26 hours. We are starting to see some progress, which is good news for a change. Susan is dialated up to 6 cm now and is having contractions every 2-4 minutes. The strength of the contractions has also increased as they are now noticably visible on the monitoring paper. The baby's heart beat remains steady at about 125 beats per minute when he is sleeping and about 145 beats per minute when he wakes up. The nurses and doctors have all commented when viewing his chart that "He is a textbook example of a healthy baby." I guess I was just reading all the wrong textbooks; I assmumed "textbook example" would mean he would be born by now!
On a seperate note, the hospital cafeteria is giving away free ice cream sundaes today in honor of Mardi Gras. Neither Susan or I are quite sure if it is weird that a Catholic hospital is celebrating Mardi Gras. We are certain however that a baby on Fat Tuesday will be just fine with us.
Our goal right now is 10 by 10!
Well its been 3 hours since the cervatin and still not much progress.
Susan is trying to get some sleep now. In 4 more hours they will check
back in on us and hopefully more will have happened. For now though we are
just praying for a healthy delivery and a little bit of patience.
(This was supposed to be posted quite awhile ago. Now its seven hours later
and even though the socks are on - we have made little progress.)
Well it looks like it is going to be a long night. There will probably not
be much happening until morning. Tonight Susan will get the Cervadil, then
about 4 am she will get the Petocin. Hopefully this will get the baby
BTW - The number to our room tonight is 513-***-****.
Neither of us slept well last night. The mixture of anxiousness and nervousness kept us tossing and turning all night. Somewhat like the first day of school. Every few hours we would wake up, look at the clock, and measure the hours left until we head to the hospital.
Even our cats know something is about to happen. They have both been extra talkative and playful this morning.
We have been keeping an eye on the weather. The last few days have been relatively mild and warm. We have been hoping for good weather on the day we bring the baby home, but right now forecasters are predicting snow.