Thursday, October 9, 2008

you are my son-shine




What an amazing eight days!

Jack Sawyer surprised us all with a much-earlier-than-anticipated arrival on October 1. And it has been a roller-coaster of a week...

We were so blessed that our little guy was basically hearty and healthy, although plagued by some of the ailments that a lot of preemies face, primarily a minor heart condition and severe jaundice. It seems the heart condition is self-correcting, one more thing to be grateful for. And the jaundice... is slowly getting better. Ridding this poor little guy of excessive bilirubin until his liver is able to take over on it's own has been my only mission for the last four or five days. It's been so hard to have to leave him on his phototherapy and not carting him around as I'm so accustomed to doing, or snuggling him in the sling he loves so much.


This is part of our daily routine, a home visit from the nurse, and weighing, along with checking his bilirubin levels. After being threatened with admittance back to the hospital if his levels didn't come down drastically, I opted to bottle feed him in lieu of nursing for 24 hours, and it made a huge difference. Jack is now almost rid of his jaundice, and was actually able to go outside today for natural light therapy instead of phototherapy for a little while.

As for the rest of us, we're adjusting to life as a family of six, and eating up this little baby every chance we get. I have to negotiate with the children just to get a turn to hold my own kid! So much love for baby Jack...

10 comments:

Jada2929 said...

A million congrats! I was wondering if maybe you had that sweet baby!

Sarah and Jack said...

He is beautiful. Many congratulations.

The Wooden Spool said...

He is gorgeous! I'm excited for you! I've been following your blog for a few weeks, now...love all your projects, you ambitious momma, you! Enjoy cuddling your new one!
Laurie~

Mel said...

Congratulations! He looks so sweet!

Lory said...

What a precious baby! Congratulations!

jodi said...

Blessings to you...new muma of 4! I'm impressed and inspired. Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog...

elliebelle said...

Congratulations!!!! He is absolutely adorable. What a sweetheart! Can't wait to see more of him as he grows. :)

Mountain Mom Alison said...

Hey congratulations! I've been checking in here and there and see that now you really have your hands full! Good for you. All the best to your family.

aima said...

Congratulations. Must be great that the little one has now arrive and is thriving well. Guess you are now extremely busy. Wishing you all the very best. I am sure your other kids must be thrilled with having a 'brand new' baby brother.

Heather said...

Oh!!! Congratulations, he is so beautiful! Your family is so sweet, I love your photography. Welcome to the world little one! Hope you all are doing well :D