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post #41 of 153
Thank you for the update, Anna.
Send someone to the butcher for a lot of liver - it will really help boost your iron levels... not sure how to disguise it with other food, but if you are doing placenta smoothies you can probably do liver.

Sorry it's been a rough day for Klaus and you. Sending more love.
post #42 of 153
When he can come out from under the lights and into an open bed instead of an isolette, they will want him to have clothes to help him maintain his body temperature. Hopefully them asking you for clothes is a good sign that they think he'll be moving into an open bed fairly quickly!
post #43 of 153
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He has had no problem maintaining his temp which is why I was questioning it. They make a point to tell me how warm he is all the time and they open his top all the time to air him out.

Me however.. I cant maintain my temp worth a crap. Turn the heat on, turn the air on, turn the heat on.. sheesh.

Pictures coming.
post #44 of 153
Wow Anna, you have been through so much. You are a very strong woman! Congratulations on your beautiful boy. I will be sending healing energy to your family
post #45 of 153
Hmmm, that's odd. Well, I know that sometimes parents enjoy putting clothes on their babies if they are in the NICU. For me, it was something I could participate in (dressing her, changing her diaper) as well as a way to make her look cute in photographs. And people that had bought preemie outfits for her to wear enjoyed seeing them on her in pictures. Maybe they just think you want to put clothes on him?
post #46 of 153
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I'm not sure. I'd like him to have clothes on just so he has some organic fibers there, he's in pampers and I don't know if they are willing to do cloth diapers.. we'll ask maybe. But really, however he is most comfortable. I wish I was more "into it" to ask and talk to people but I am pretty introverted right now, H has been the keep-track-of-it-all-man (for the first time, ever, in his entire life) and I am relying on him to keep everything straight.

I'm cutting back on the pain meds today in hopes that things clear up a little.

Pictures...

Brand new
So very sweet
My perfect boy
36w belly picture.. I was DONE.
Early labor contractions

Scuse me while I leak all over myself. Going to see him soon.. think this poop is on its way finally.
post #47 of 153
I only had a second + degree tear with my DD -but was plenty sore too and hemmis the size of my head compounded the issue. I was TERRIFIED to poop. It was a good three or four days before I did. But, I was pleasantly surprised. It actually wasn't that bad all things considered. Hey if you're really scared- you could always overdo it on the laxative-better that than the alternative!
post #48 of 153
He is beautiful! Congrats mama. I didn't bother doing cloth in the hospital, especially since I didn't want any of the diapers to get thrown away or lost. Also, sometimes they wanted to weigh her diapers to make sure her urine output was good. I figured that would be easier with the Pampers.

I understand about being kind of introverted at first. There's a lot of light and noise and rushing around, and it is a hard place to be. I found the people I ended up talking most with were other parents. In fact, one of my childhood friends had her son just 2 weeks before my daughter and we reconnected in the NICU. I hope you have some good support during this time. Do you need anything?

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Originally Posted by Organicavocado View Post
I'm not sure. I'd like him to have clothes on just so he has some organic fibers there, he's in pampers and I don't know if they are willing to do cloth diapers.. we'll ask maybe. But really, however he is most comfortable. I wish I was more "into it" to ask and talk to people but I am pretty introverted right now, H has been the keep-track-of-it-all-man (for the first time, ever, in his entire life) and I am relying on him to keep everything straight.

I'm cutting back on the pain meds today in hopes that things clear up a little.

Pictures...

Brand new
So very sweet
My perfect boy
36w belly picture.. I was DONE.
Early labor contractions

Scuse me while I leak all over myself. Going to see him soon.. think this poop is on its way finally.
post #49 of 153
s Thanks so much for the update! He's so beautiful mama, I hope he is able to come home with you soon! Take care of yourself and good luck with that first poop I know how painful that can be!
post #50 of 153
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Still no poop I got up to go see him and totally forgot about shift change. They mill around from 6:30-8:00 and its 6:00 here. I'll have to wait, then pump again, eat, drink, get redressed and go.

I packed some onesies, some with feet and some without, babylegs look HUGE so I left those out. Some sockies. I feel totally dumb packing this stuff and can't figure out how they're going to make him comfortable in clothes with all that crap on him. I rejected clothes the whole time I was at the hospital.

H brought in the blanket (my own receiving blanket, I was looking at pictures of me as a newborn today and the blanket is in the pictures <3) that he was wrapped in when we transferred and I buried my face in it and sobbed. They cleaned him up and he doesn't smell like my baby anymore. Its funny even though I only got to smell him for a short period of time how instantly I recognize that scent... I'm so glad that there was at least one thing that touched him that didn't get washed. I hadn't really cried yet so it feels good to release that. I have a history of depression and I feel like if I lose it that they will be on my case to get on meds, but I know my mind and my body and I know the difference between being senselessly depressed and simply being sad because I miss my baby.

Anyway.

I packed a few fluffy prefolds in there too. I have a million so if a few get lost, no big deal. If they don't want to use them as diapers, they at least make such nice soft cushions for underneath him. If not even that, I can stick them in my shirt so I have something to leak all over.

So I guess the plan is to sit here and wait until about 7:30 to go see him. H says the UV light makes it painful to look at him. I think I really at least need to be near him tonight. Then I will come home and pump and sleep.

Someone needs to invent a perma-pump stuck to your boobies that empties you out when you start leaking. So you can walk around and sleep and stuff and concentrate on your day. They are really interested in giving him a bottle when he can feed if he doesn't seem to get the hang of breastfeeding right away, and when I'm rushed things don't go well. I'm worried about it. I've insisted on finger feeding but they are fighting me on it. Pretty soon I'm going to be the not-nice-mom and I really don't want to piss off the people taking care of my son... but I know what will work best for us and I wish they would stop talking to me like I'm 12 years old and start listening to what I'm saying.

At least I can kind of vent here.

As far as what I need, probably Depends LMFAO I am so tired of trying to manage these uber-pads but overnight pads won't cut it yet. I guess what I really need is a third person. A girlfriend of mine is helping me but she's moving and I know how stressful that is. I'm waiting on my mom to get here on the 27th. I really, really, really want him to leave by then.

-sigh-
Tomorrow I'm going to get a Blimpie sammich. Maybe it will help me feel better.
post #51 of 153
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Originally Posted by Organicavocado View Post
I'm not sure. I'd like him to have clothes on just so he has some organic fibers there, he's in pampers and I don't know if they are willing to do cloth diapers.. we'll ask maybe.
A friend of mine's second son was in the NICU for a few days after his birth (vaginal breech, meconium aspiration). She's an ECer, and drove the nurses NUTS because she didn't want to keep a diaper on him. ;-) He wasn't having any stooling issues so it wasn't as big a deal for him, but the thing is, the Pampers all weigh EXACTLY the same, so they can measure his output with them. The cloth diapers will each weigh slightly different amounts, so there's no way to measure how much pee or poop is in them accurately. If he's having digestion issues, I'm guessing they'll have serious problems with using cloth.

Hope your visit with him went well! And I hope he's home soon.
post #52 of 153
Oh Anna, congratulations on your sweet baby boy, and I hope you and Klaus heal very soon. Don't worry about being "that mom", you're the boss and you do what you think is best!
post #53 of 153
Just wanted to say congrats on the baby boy. I hope you both heal quickly. You just make sure you take care of yourself and get your strength back. Rest as much as you can! I hope your little one will be out of the NICU soon!
post #54 of 153
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Last night I came in and they told me they needed to put a catheter in him because he keeps pulling his IVs. He's agitated and goes right for the tubes. He knows thats weird .

I cried as she described our choices, they all sound horrible and makes it sound like he's going to be there forever.

When I first came in I saw one of the NICU nurses giving him the googley-eyes.. soft tilted head, gentle smile, DEEP eye contact and the mama bear in me almost had an aneurism. Do whatever you need to to keep him comfortable... cup him gently, hold his arm for him, talk to him nicely... but whatever you do, don't bond with my son the way I should be bonding with my son. God it tore my heart apart...

..you have to understand that he has only opened his eyes twice and they always rolled around, no focus.. they said it would be a long while before he could do that...

I must have been giving her a deathlook because she said "Lets let MAMA talk to you." and backed off. He must have heard me or smelled me, he turned his head and I noticed his eyes were open! Not only were they open, but they were actively looking for me! If I would move or whatever he would try to follow me. I scrubbed up and got right in close, just a few inches from his face, and got to look him in the eye for the first time.. still pretty honked at the nurse, but relieved he knew who I was!

He has these gorgeous deep dark eyes. They look hazel already but it was hard to see him. He calmed down right away and searched my face.. my eyes, my lips, just like I do to him. He was mashing his hands into his mouth for the first time as well and that made me soooo happy to see. I asked if I could give him a finger, dreading the response, and they said yes!

He lipped and licked my finger (Mmm soap) for a moment then drew it back into his mouth and sighed totally contentedly. His arms and legs relaxed and he just lay there and sucked and studied me. He broke contact only to look at daddy and then right back to me.

I sat there like that for three hours. He was so quiet and peaceful, I have never seen him so content.. he is always struggling to pull out his wires and cries so much.. I still didn't want to leave him but it was nearly midnight and I was in so much pain I couldn't take it anymore (and the percocet knocks me out so I had to leave or I'd fall asleep right there) so I tried to give him the soothie to keep him nice and quiet but he refused it.

I came home and pumped 90mL which is the most I'd ever pumped before, and this morning I got 135mL. I need to go back and see him soon but I'm still waiting on the freakin' poop and need to eat my placenta for the day and yadda yadda.

The shift change just ended so I had H call for an update. They are working with him and we will call back soon and I'll updatethen.

Thank you everyone for reading and understanding. I will keep updating. Sorry if some of my posts are loopy, I have been trying to cut the meds but I am still in a lot of pain.
post #55 of 153
I'm thinking about you Anna and your sweet little boy. Hopefully he will improve so quickly and will be home bonding with you in no time!
post #56 of 153
Thank you Anna for updating us were all thinking of you and your little man I hope he inproves really fast and will be home in your arms very soon.
post #57 of 153
It sounds like little Klaus is doing well and improving. I hope he's home and in your arms very soon. Thanks for keeping us all updated
post #58 of 153
sounds like he's doing so much better!!
congrats to you btw!!! he'll be out of there and in your arms soon!!
and woo hoo sounds liek your milk iks coming in!! thats great and fast too!!!
post #59 of 153
Holy cow... you are one strong mama and Klaus is one strong kiddo.

: to both of you.
post #60 of 153
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He is doing the same so far. They arent trying to wean him off of the CPAP. They aren't really very descriptive when we call.. or really when we're there. I don't know what questions to really ask but I can't help but feel left in the dark. I wish I could be there all day, every day, but I can't.

Going to pump in a few, then finish laundry and get my Blimpie sandwich finally, take a nap, pump again and then go see him. Thats the plan for the day at least.

And at some point I'd like to poop thanks. God its like waiting to give birth all over again. ...and, ironically, taking place in the same room. lmao
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