Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Almost back to birth weight!!

We had a follow up appointment with Charlie's doctor today. For all of these appointments they make me strip him down to his diaper to weigh him, measure his length and his head. He does not like that one bit. His weight was up 11 ounces from last week. He is now weighing 7 pounds 5 ounces, his birth weight was 7 pounds 8.9 ounces.
The only new thing is Charlie is starting to get a little bit of diaper rash, probably just from pooping soo much. He's like clock work, about every 2-3 hours! So we just had to order some Resinol cream to put on his butt. They also told us to start putting peroxide on his cord. It's starting to fall off.
I had to fill the doctor in on Charlie's hospital stay last week. He was glad they done all the test that they did, and was glad to hear that his bilirubin count was down to normal. I'm thinking that his heart wasn't sounding any better today, or else he would have said that it was. We do have a follow up appointment for his heart this next week, so we should know more then.
The doctor was very glad to see that Charlie's weight was up, not as high as he would have liked it, but much better than last week.
Charlie is doing much better! He is starting to fill out more and getting some fat on him!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

All this from our First doctors visit...

Did they tell you at the Hospital that your son has a heart mumur?
Your baby has jaundice. His counts are above average. I forgot what the average is, but his counts are 16.4 and 20 is to high. (Jaundice from breast feeding.) I am having to give him formula right now to try and get his levels down. Also having him sit in the sun light in just a diaper. He has spit up atleast 5 times within the last hour. Waiting to hear what the doctor says about that.
He weighed in at 6 pounds 10 ounces this morning. Doctor isn't too concerned about that right now, but said we will keep an eye on it.
Charlie goes in tomorrow to see the cardiologist in the morning to see if his heart murmur is anything to be concerned about. He had xrays of his chest taken today, gotta take those to the apointment tomorrow.
Good thing I had gotten a breast pump! I am pumping and storing right now. Charlie was doing so good this morning latching on and eating!!
Just a side note... I HATE the smell of formula.
Will update when I know more.

After our appointment on Wednesday and giving him a bottle of Good Start formula, Charlie wasn't doing so good. He was spitting up all the formula, not wanted to eat after that, and no acting like himself at all. Didn't even make a noise when I changed his diaper, he hates having his diaper changed!
I ended up taking him to Sacred Heart hospital about an hour away from where we live. (One of the best childrens hospitals around) My Mom drove me and Mother in law road with us also. Andrew was suppose to be trying to get as much sleep as he could.
They got us right into the ER. This was about 6p.m. Between 6p.m. and 2a.m. they took his blood, urine, and done a spinal test. They also hooked him up to an IV to get fluids in him again. Denise (mother in law) was such a great help! I couldn't bare to see my baby getting poked at by all theses needles or hear him fussing becuase of it. She helped hold Charlie while they took his blood, urine and did the spinal test. When we got there Charlie's temperature was also low. Something was just not adding up to why all of these things were happening. Earlier in the day they also found out that he has a heart murmur, and jaundice. That is why all the different test were done.
By 2a.m. on Thursday they had us in our room. Both mothers left since they had to be to work in just a couple hours. We got hardly any sleep at all. By the time we got to the room I was pumping my milk and giving Charlie a bottle. He was happy with that. While down in the ER they had also started him on two antibiotics. This was done just as a percaution. Just in case something were to come back positive in any of his test that he had done.
Nurses were in every couple hours to check his vitals and make sure that his tempature was staying up. Thursday morning he had another bilirubin (jaundice) test. It was a 13 down from a 16.4!! He also had his heart test as planned and even had the same doctor that was going to do them in the first place.
Charlie has two holes in his heart. The one hole they aren't the slightest bit worried about, but the other is a little different story. If I understand this right. It's a small to morerate size hole that goes from the Left ventricle to the right ventricle. Which is allowing the blood to flow between the two, from the left to the right. This is called a Ventricular Septal Defect. We are hoping within the next few weeks this hole heals itself. It it doesn't then Charlie will be put on medication to help it close up,if by chance the medicine doesn't help then he will have to have surgery. This hole is making his heart work harder than it should.
To find out since his heart is having to work harder than it should, it is taking up a lot of his energy. This could very well be the reason why he doesn't want to nurse for long periods at a time. I am still trying to nurse, but if he doesn't want to then I just pump and give him a bottle which is easier on his heart. Like today he nursed for a little while, but didn't get enough out so he ate about 2 ounces from bottle also. At this point in time I am not worried about him nursing, just making sure he is getting the food that he needs. I am glad that I am able to pump so he can have breast milk!
Thursday Andrew and Samantha (Andrews sister) came up there. Andrew came after work and ended up sleeping in the hospital bed most of the day. Samantha stayed up there for a while and let me and Andrew leave the room and get something to eat while she stayed with Charlie. Denise did the same thing and watched Charlie while we got dinner.
Throughout the day they monitored Charlie and continued to give him medicine. By Thursday afternoon Charlie was started to get back to himself again. I was excited to hear him scream and cry when getting a diaper changed.
Today they ended up having to take blood twice for the bilirubin test. The fist one clotted while they were checking the levels. First thing in the morning they said he would be released right after the results came back fom the test. It took them forever to get the results back. Come about 1 in the afternoon, we get told that all they have to do is do the release papers and then we are free to go. We didn't get out of there until 4! I was getting pretty mad at this point. It didn't help that I had only 4 straight hours of sleep since Wednesday morning. Charlie's Great Aunt was nice enough to come sit with him while his Mommy and Daddy got out of the room for a little while and got something to eat!
We are all home now. Charlie is doing good. He has a follow up appointment with the specialist in two weeks, and will have a follow up with his doctor hopefully this next week. Our WIC appointment has gotten pushed back to October 8th since Charlie was in the hospital still today when his appointment was suppose to be.
I think that is all that has gone on the last couple of days.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

My first full day at home.

I came home yesterday around 11. (September 18, 2009) Mommy and Daddy took me home in a long sleeve onsie that said "I love Mommy", a pair of blue and white stripped pants and a pair of blue fuzzy socks with stars on them.
I had to be given a paci yesterday also. I had started sucking my thumb/hand. Mommy and Daddy wanted something easy they could take away when I get older and don't need something to suck on anymore!
Everyone says I look like my Daddy! Mommy even thinks so. The one thing I do have that my Mommy does is the dark skin.
After we got home yesterday, Mommy had to cut my nails! They were so long I was scratching my face with them.
I hate my diaper being changed, even if it's just wet. I do love having lotion put on!
Grandma and Grandpa D. stopped by to see me around 8p.m. my first night home. Mommy and Daddy were about to go get ready for bed when there was a knock on the door.
My first night at home was pretty good. I finally started to latch on correctly. I slept for a few hours and then woke up between 12 and 1a.m. Daddy wasn't to happy with that, he had to be to work in the morning. I stayed up until 2a.m. Daddy finally went down stairs to sleep. I at around 2 and then went back to sleep for 3-4 hours. I woke up again around 6 ate and then slept till 8:30. I was a pretty happy and content baby all day. Atleast until the time Daddy got home from work when I got cranky. I didn't want to eat, take my paci or anything. Mommy thinks I may have just been a little gassy and constipated.
Grandma G came over and brought Mommy and Daddy food. She also took me and finished putting me asleep. I've been sleeping ever since. After eating Daddy went up stairs to go to bed, he was exhausted from his long day at work with little sleep. After Grandma G left my Aunt Sam stopped by to see me for a while, but I was sleeping the whole time.
Mommy is going to wake me up soon and make me eat and also change my diaper. She then will go upstairs and try and find me something to wear for Church tomorrow. Mommy is hoping to get some sleep tonight, but I doubt she will since I've been out for almost 4 hours now.

Birth story/hospital stay

Everything went great! I can honestly say I only threw up once during my whole pregnancy! That one time was on the operating table getting cut open.

The c-section went very fast! They took me back to get the spinal at about 7:20, Charlie came out at 7:36 and I was in recovery by 8:10. I was able to see him over the drap as soon as they pulled him out! All bunched up in a little ball, with the darkest hair. DH got everything that happened in the nursery on video! He was also able to experiance our son getting pulled out feet first!

All vitals were fine at birth except his blood sugar was just a little low. They had to give him some sugar water, but after that he has been fine!

Charlie had been having some problems nursing on the right side, but has been getting much better. I asked for lots of help and tips on getting him to latch on. He doesn't like diaper changes so he fusses during them and also when he is hungry. We just gave him a paci today, he started sucking his thumb/hand. He has been doing great with it!

We were released this morning after my staples were taken out. Dh says you can't even see a scare there. The nurse said they like to take the staples out this early on woman on the smaller side. I would never consider my self to be on the smaller side at all!

I have a check up appointment in 2 weeks. Charlie will have an appointment this next week.
We are trying to take it easy and are welcoming all the help we can get. (Especially from the very proud Grandparents!!)

I am doing pretty good, sore, but moving around helps! (along with the pain medicine) Dh has been such a great Daddy! He has been helping out every way he can, even if it means changing those nasty poopy diapers!