Here is a note from Thursday Feb 12th.
We had our post partum check on tuesday. 10:30am.Wow I forgot what it was like to try and get out the door with a newborn. so much stuff.His weight dropped down to 6lbs 6ozs meaning he has lost over 12% of his body weight. 1 lb since birth.Bilirubin was checked with the machine and showed it being 18 which is a very HIGH number and means liver not functioing properly. They made us a pediactricain appt and lab appt. He hadn't been eating, peeing or pooping enough or at all. just sleeping alot. was very orange/yellow. My incisions were doing good and blood pressure back up to my normal low.We went to the lab where they did the cut on the foot to draw blood. Aaron didn't even cry.then home for lunch and then peds office.Blood work came back and showed bilirubin at 14.2 which is still high but okay alot better then 18. meaning right now no need for photolight therapy.
We have a strong feeding plan and have to chart everything. Man it's exhausting- writing down everytime he feeds- how much- how long- which side- what was it formula or breast milk- did he pee-poop- what time was it. not to mention me and my meds and tracking all the stuff i have to track.
The girls are doing so good- Julia loves helping and kissing/hugging her baby brother. The older girls are helping with dishes and laundry, dogs and helping with julia. Tarah is getting braces on monday- today goes in for xrays of teeth. Toryn had a high school programs info night last night. College classes you can take in high school and different programs available. Crazy- talking to one kid about life- education- college- careers and changing diapers on the youngest.
Tomorrow (Friday) we have a peds appt at 10am so we are hoping Aaron has gained lots of weight and bilirubin has dropped alot. We did the light therapy with Julia. She was strapped to a big huge light box for 5 days and we were only allowed to take her out and hold her every 2 hours for 20 minutes.
The bilirubin raised levels can be casued by a few things- blood compatiablity between infant and parents. liver function- premature baby-feeding not going well- sleeping too much.
I will try and update again after fridays appt.
Thanks for all the kind thoughts and wishes. We certainly have been a busy house and do appercaite everything everyone has done for us this past week.