Boots: We were seriously obsessed with names. We had it narrowed down to 6 from 42 as of the day I went into the hospital. It was REALLY HARD to pick just one! And none of them went together, so we didn't get to pick two. In the end we chose a middle name that we never even considered before he was born, and which was inspired by the movie we were watching while I waffled as to whether we should go in.
Val: I'm so sorry you're in pain. I had a lot of hip pain but it came and went, so here's hoping yours just goes, and stays away!
Thanks all of you for being so supportive. This has been such a crazy emotional rollercoaster, I, well, I just don't even know.
I can't believe it's only been 4 days! I came home from the hospital yesterday; my incision hurts terribly and I am still feeling run-down and sleep-deprived, but I slept *so much better* in my own bed! I am sure I will mend quickly now that I can sleep.
My milk has come in now, and I had to get up midway through the night and pump because my breasts hurt too much, not just because I was 'suipposed to'. It's a lot more motivating this way!
Alaric is still in the NICU, and will be for a while yet...not sure how long. Another week?
Yesterday they took out his hand IV port, and today they discontinued the phototherapy for jaundice, so it's a little easier for us to get to hold him now (Only 8? cables?), and he can have his mask off and look around more. They're doing some tests this afternoon to try and figure out why he is breathing just fine and getting plenty of oxygen, but he isn't getting rid of CO2 properly. He had to have another platelet infusion last night (that makes 3 transfusions so far, thank god we are insured well!); dropping platelet levels are his worst problem right now. We spoke with the hematologist today, and both his best theories are things that resolve themselves with no long-term ramifications, basically antibody incompatibilities that will go away once he flushes out his body of all mama's leftovers--so we are very much hoping he is right! They are slowly lowering his glucose intake, and if they can get it low enough, he can have his umbilical IV removed--this is a huge deal, as this is the one we are scared to touch; if we pull it out he could bleed to death. quickly. I am trying not to be afraid to hold my own child, but that sort of warning gets to one!
We got to try BF today for the first time; he latched on for a few minutes and seemed confused but happy about it. He's still on tons of IV fluids and nutrition, so he doesn't 'need' to eat and isn't really hungry, but we are working on tapering towards that, and I really do think he felt great having a little something in his belly, need or not. (He prefers a pacifier for comfort right now, sadly, but I can't be there all day with him anyway, so I am trying to just be happy he has a source of comfort when we are not there.)