So Elias gave me a wonderful scare last night. I picked him up from his bassinet around 10pm and he felt burning hot. It's been super hot here the last few days, and we don't have a/c. BUT....
He was acting pretty lethargic all afternoon, not really nursing for a long time, not really waking up to play, etc.
He also spent all day in a diaper only.
Checked his rectal temp: 99*
Ummm, way too hot for just a diaper day.
I called the advice nurse, and she told me to come into urgent care. Long story short--he's okay, probably weather related, keep an eye on it. Went in for a follow up today, because the urgent care pedi was worried about his jaundice. They did a blood test and he's fine. The 5 hrs I spent waiting around in the doctor's office with a/c seems to have really helped him a lot. No spike in temp, and the all day flushing was gone, so I could see his little jaundice.
I did tell him no more freaking mommy out. Here I am, newly post-partum, with all those lovely hormones, thinking my week old baby has a fever. NOT good. Makes communicating to the nurses hard. Had to practice deep, relaxing breaths to keep from crying.
Anyone else in the midst of the baby blues random sobbing time?
I swear, anything will set me off. I especially notice it when I'm really tired, or haven't eaten enough/drunk enough, that I'm especially vulnerable to feeling down. I am also having some problems integrating my second c/s. I mean, my first one I felt like it was the doctor's fault, so I could find a 'reason' for it. This time, I feel like I'm playing 'what if'. What if I didn't use pitocin, would Elias have been okay through the contractions? What if I had labored at home for days instead, would that have made a difference or would it have hurt Elias even more?
But my biggest 'hump' is the fact that I know, I *know* the challenges I will face trying to find a vba2c provider. I mean, technically I did have a first vaginal birth with ds1. But he was only 16 weeks, so most dismiss it. And at the c/s, my uterus was perfect. And closed with double sutures. So shouldn't be too hard, right?
See what I mean about the merry-go-round?
The excellent side of this all is that my breasts DO work, and beautifully. Elias has GAINED, get this.....8 OUNCES since SATURDAY. That's almost 2.5 oz a day. Half a POUND. He weighed in at 7lbs even today.
WOW. WOW. WOW.
Ds2 was a tiny baby--4lbs 13oz. He doubled in weight by his 2 mos checkup. I think Elias might hit Stephen's doubled birthweight in his first month if he keeps this up. It would be alternatively cool AND weird to have a normal on the actual curve sized baby.
He is getting a lot of green poops lately though, so I know there's some fore/hind milk imbalance. I've tried feeding him only on one side for half the day, but it doesn't seem to help. Any advice? Is it bad to continue if Elias doesn't seem to mind?