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...