Sunday, September 19, 2010

Wow - it feels good to be home!

Thanks so much to my friend Allison who stepped in to keep everyone updated while I away. I appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers for our family. This past week has been a whirl wind and this is finally the first opportunity to write on my blog. I was so thankful to get a 3 hour nap today, which is the longest stretch of sleep I have gotten since Sunday night last week.

I plan to share Jaelyn's birth story in the posts to follow. But for now I am happy to share that she was taken off of the bili-bed today which she has been on since Wednesday night. That cursed bed has made it hard for her to sleep at night because we can't swaddle her - we all know how newborns LOVE to be swaddled (and I am a huge fan of it too!) The bilirubin still has her sleeping most of the day, although she seems to have trouble sleeping at night (hence the less than 3 hour sleep stretches for me and my husband).

My parents have been here since we came home from the hospital. They have been a God sent to help out so much, mainly with Jackson. He has gotten so much Deedee and Papa time and just eats up the attention. My mom will be here until Tuesday night, so that means Wed. will the first day on the job for me - a stay at home mother of TWO. Jackson seems to be getting more interested in Jaelyn with each day, although for the most part he is quite indifferent. When he has someone to play with him all day long, what's so interesting about a sleeping baby, right? ;)

Nursing has been a huge hurdle for miss Jae and I. I have been through this difficult time with Jackson once already when he was born and I was hoping that Jaelyn and I would catch on faster. Unfortunately that isn't the case. Currently, I am expressing every 3 hours and bottle feeding her. My nipples were so damaged from 4 days of improper latching, that even when she does properly latch - the pain is still so great that I can't tell the difference.  I wasn't too keen on bottle feeding a 5 day old baby running a risk of her not breast feeding again, but when the lactationist explained that she will mostly likely go back to the breast without problem and in order to solve our latch on problems - I need healed nipples... I really don't have a choice. They are healing now however I don't like taking twice as long to first - express and second - feeding her the bottle. But she's taking about 2-2.5 oz. every 3-4 hours and she is gaining weight really nicely so I can't complain when the plan is working. :)

I will be back soon to share more pictures. Thanks again for your thoughts and lovely comments.


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10 comments:

croleyc69 said...

So glad she is off the bili-bed. Will continue to pray for both of you. Thinking of you both so much and your whole family.

{{HUGS}}
Caroline

Allison said...

It was my pleasure. I know how hard it is to keep up with blogging! I also know you have lots of people wanting to know what's going on. Glad to help. Can't wait to get my hands on that baby!

Linda said...

Glad you are both home! Life will soon feel normal...just hang in there. And Jackson will love his little sissy...it just takes a little time to adjust.

So glad you have some help...enjoy...and get some rest.

Love, Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

Kate said...

Yea for a nap!! I can't wait to hear all about her birth and see more pics!

Veronica said...

Glad that Jaelyn is off the bilibed! That's great news! I'll say a prayer for you that you heal up quickly and are able to nurse her soon!

Kelly @ Sufficient Grace Ministries said...

Welcome home April and Jaelyn! Praying for healing and "smooth-feeding".

Love to you...

Kelli said...

Welcome home! LOVE reading all the details of little Jaelyn and Jackson! Just wanted to let you know that a couple of my friends are LLL leaders and would be more than willing to come to your house and help you out with getting her back to the breast, it would be so much easier for you!

Alice is one of my close friends here is here email address. Alice hoffmana19 at gmail.com. She was so helpful for me after Lilly was born! If calling would be easier for you please contact me and I'll get her number to you!

amanda said...

praying for you and your breastfeeding stuff!! i can't imagine having to pump and then feed, it makes it harder i'm sure...BUT you're doing it without complaining and keeping on. so way to go. yay for a nap. naps are always so nice. :)

Holly said...

Glad you got a nap in and I'm sure having your parents there are so helpful! Hopefully you can get healed up and be back to BFing in no time! (((hugs!)))

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