Sunday, May 3, 2009

Sunday Night Update

Hello to all of our loved ones! I am in much better spirits today. Bobby is doing well, and I am recovering nicely. Yesterday was a hard day for me. The reality of what is happening had sunk in, and I was in pretty bad pain too. Today, Bobby was placed in an incubator. They call the incubators "condos" in the NICU. It is so true though. They are big, spacious, and quiet. He really likes the peace and quiet, and the white noise of the machine, I think. He was placed in one because the doctor felt like he was getting too irritated with all the noise, and therefore his oxygen numbers were not decreasing. He also has a bit of jaundice, but this is pretty normal for a lot of newborns. His numbers today have been great! At last report, his oxygen level was at 23%. Remember, we are trying to get it down to 20%. The doctor says once his oxygen is normal, we can move onto things like me holding him (yay!) and feeding him. It is so hard to not be able to hold him. I want to bond with him desperately. I stroke him as often as I can, but I don't like to do that so often, as anything that irritates him causes his oxygen levels to increase. The nurses in the NICU are great. They have said that he gives them a run for their money. He is very active, and they are constantly trying to make him comfortable. If he was a girl, I'd say he's a Diva in training! All I know, is that each time he is uncomfortable, and starts crying, his numbers go up. And, of course, I start crying. I can't help it. I do have to admit that his cries are so cute sounding though. You might have to remind me of saying that in a few weeks when he is home howling! :-)

As for me, like I mentioned, the pain today has subsided greatly. My doctor upped my pain medication, to what I feel like is finally the right amount. I take 10mg of Loritab every 4 hours. After the c-section I was taking morphine, and was very allergic to it. I was itching like crazy and was given Benadryll a few times. I think this is pretty normal though, as I have heard other new moms in the hall asking for Benadryll. I am having my staples removed tomorrow before being discharged. My milk has come in too, and I am pumping and saving it for Bobby. He is still eating through an IV.

I think tomorrow will be a hard day for us. It is hard enough having your baby in the NICU, but now we will have to leave him here overnight. I know it is the best thing for him, but I hate to leave him. It makes me tear up just thinking about it. Please continue to pray for our family.

Again, thank you for all that have reached out to us during this time. I finally checked my messages on my phone today, and appreciate the messages. Everyone has been wonderful, and we look forward to getting back to you all soon!


Vineyard Vogue said...

I'm just getting to all of the blogs I missed reading this week and so I'm long overdue for a congratulations on your beautiful baby boy!! I'm sorry to hear that you had some complications, but it sounds like he will be healthy in no time! I will be sure to say some prayers for a speedy journey to 20% oxygen for Bobby so you can finally hold your little guy! And, a speedy recovery from your C-Section too!

Again, congratulations and all of the best for your new little family! :)

Jessica Regan said...

Wow Jen. I can't believe what a person can miss from not keeping up with a blog. First off - CONGRATULATIONS! I am so happy to hear that he is doing better every day! Your entries brought me to tears. I can't imagine how hard this must be for you and Bob, but hopefully it will all be over soon and you will be able to bring your beautiful baby boy home! You, Bob, and Bobby will be in our thoughts and prayers! We love you very much!
- Jess

Linz Adams said...

I'm glad Bobby is doing better now - 23%, that's excellent! Your family is in my thoughts, Jen - I hope all of you are doing alright and I hope you get to start bonding with Bobby really soon.

Kelley said...

My heart aches for you and you said. He is where he needs to be and once you get over this hump you can take your sweet boy home. I'm thinking about ya'll.

mom said...

just saw the pictures in bob's smug and they are so cute- he looks really good- I also got your email - mom

Jeff and Stacy Holmes said...

I saw some pics of your little man on Bob's dad's website; he so adorable.

I am glad to hear that you are getting better and little Bobby is getting stronger. He will be home before you know it. Continue to rest and get stronger b/c Bobby will need his mommy to be strong when he comes home! Take care of yourself.

Meg said...

Oh, you made me cry too!
I am glad he is getting better and seems to like his "condo". He is so cute and tiny. I was saying he looked like a peanut in Bob's arms.
I am glad you are feeling better.
I hope both you and Bobby get healthy fast. You guys have been in my prayers.


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