Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Roller Coaster of Love

Lennon was up to 3lbs yesterday, but lost 2 ounces of that today so she is 2lbs 14oz right now.  The nurse said that it was probably just a poop she was holding on to.  I love our nurse this week.  Her name is Kim and she is hysterical.  She is an over-sharer and makes me laugh a lot.  She is definitely a mother and grandmother, so she likes to take care of others.
Lennon no longer is on the oxygen or the nasal cannula.  She is doing very well off of it.  There have been 1-2 "incidents" of de-sats, but it tends to happen at the start of her feedings.  Could be as simple as her system adjusting to the food coming in.  Kim told us that Lennon will not come home until she goes 5 days without a de-sat.  Which is comforting and frustrating all at the same time...  The doctor yesterday said that we are looking at about 3 more weeks before she will get to come home, but that could change either way since Lennon is a feisty thing.
Nurse Kim has been letting Lennon nurse for a bit before starting her g-tube.  It has been nice since Lennon is hungry and nursing more.  I asked Kim when the bottles will start and she said to talk to our nurse tomorrow and see if they can start them ASAP.  Kim feels that Lennon would do well given the fact that she is sucking on her pacifier like a champ and nursing well for her gestational age.  Even if she starts at just 2mL it will still be a start and Collin will get to participate in the feedings a bit more.  It meant so much to him when he got to help with Van's bottles, so I can only imagine how he will feel about Lennon's.
Van is sick with a cold.  He has been running a temperature for the last couple of days, complaining of ear pain yesterday, and started a sore throat today.  I just keep pumping him full of tylenol and Motrin to keep the fever down and that seems to help with the sore throat too.  It was up to 102.2 this evening (before I gave the Motrin).  Poor thing is pitiful!  hopefully he will start feeling better tomorrow.  I asked the nurse if I would need to stay away from Lennon, but she said that I should be fine as long as I am not showing symptoms.  I worry more since Van has a respiratory thing going on... this can be so dangerous for a little thing like Lennon.  I may stay away tomorrow just to be on the safe side.  Still haven't made up my mind there.

On a different note, I have decided that I am not made to be a stay-at-home-mom!  I have spent the last 2 days cleaning and cooking... this is not for me.  I love the cooking part, but could definitely do without the cleaning part.  I could stay home if I just had a maid!!  Props to those ladies who stay at home with the kids.  That really takes a level of patience that I just don't have in me.

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