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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

So Very Tired

It’s time for a post from Mom. Brian and I are having a breakdown week. It seems like the stress of running and worrying has finally caught up with us. We’ve been trying to put a good face on for everyone but the truth is, this is a lot harder to deal with than we expected. Don’t get me wrong, Jeffrey is doing well and he’s making progress every day but it’s just taking its toll on us. I’m tired. Brian is tired. We could use a day off. Since that isn’t possible we’re trying our best. Our boy is worth it.
Mom offered to come up and help us out for a few days this weekend and we pretty much leapt at the offer. Not having to deal with some of the normal daily duties is a gift greater than gold right now. Hopefully as he gets closer to home we’ll morph into some type of routine and at least get used to the exhaustion. The nurses assure us that it will be easier when Jeff gets home. At least then, I’ll get to wake up to a baby instead of an alarm to pump. The sound of Jeffrey crying will be music to my ears when compared to the voice of Brother Wease on WCMF which graces my alarm every morning at six.
Stats for Jeffrey: He’s up 15g to 1715g (3 lb 12.5 oz) today. They pulled his nasogastric tube yesterday and he is eating all on his own. Yeah!! Today he started ad lib feeding at 45cc’s. That means that we feed him when he gets hungry and cries, instead of exactly every three hours. It’s great. He’s getting a little more social now, he stays awake for longer after eating and we get to do more than gaze at him with adoration in his fort. They upped his medications today. They have been giving him Reglan and Pepcid to help with his reflux and they are going to increase his dosages with his weight. The nurses say that he may go home on these medications and that he should hopefully grow out of the reflux by the time he’s about a year old.


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7 comments:

Connie said...

Okay I'm gonna guess 1913....I really don't have a clue...I'm just really glad that all is going well for you guys. I'll admit...I get a little nervous when there aren't any new posts...and a SO relived when there's something new! I sure you guys are exhausted...bu you are both WONDERFUL parents...your boy is really lucky to have you both! Keep your chin up!
Connie......mom of Ashley....about a gazillion grams (she's almost 20..5/8/86)

K said...

Exhaustion is totally normal. Hang in there! It will get better and more fun as he gets bigger and stronger. You just have the luck of having his third AND fourth trimester (as Dr. Karp calls the rocky three months post birth)outside vs. inside.

As for cat prevention, there are a couple different products. One is a crib tent - http://lsus.shop.com/op/~Crib_Tent-prod-6074287-15511946?sourceid=22&siteID=c9Y1xnss3.w-RIrsEY2e4YLngmwiXK2l4g. You can also try putting pieces of foil in there right now that will deter the cats from wanting to get in there. Before you know it, Jeffrey will be pulling their tails and the cats won't want to come near him at all.

Sheila said...

I'm going to guess...um....1988. The year Carrie was born. Don't you like the way I make decisions? I can only imagine how tired you both are. HANG IN THERE. Don't forget to take a little time for yourselves. See ya soon.

M Newberry said...
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M Newberry said...

ok i have to say it, it does get easier when you get home but it also get harder, the simple things at least that which was simple become not so simple like sleep, eating going to the store. but having 3 here now is not anymore that just the one. all i can say is that the 3 that are here are so different from one another that i'm not sure what i should be doing sometimes. by the way I think that connor in his 4 months has almost gained more than mac-j in 12 months. so go figure. so keep doing what you are doing and that is being the best parents you can (take it from us you are doing an awesome job already!!!!)

Sue said...

I can understand why you are both exhausted, I'm glad you're taking Mom up on her offer! Remember that when he comes home, too- never turn down an offer for help! It will be so much easier when he is with you, like you said. Even considering the "harder" things that come with it, just having your son with you all of the time will make everything worthwhile. It's just not natural for a Mommy & Daddy to NOT have their baby with them!

Sue Fisk said...

I know, I already guessed, but I'm still thinking FIVE POUNDS.