Tuesday, August 11, 2009

1 Week with Sunbathing, Jaundice, and Jesus

Today markes one week in the life of little Caleb. I can't believe that a week has already passed. Time is already FLYING by, and I am trying to hold onto every minute. This last week has been wonderful, scary, amazing, tiring all rolled into one. Having this little boy has changed our world. My heart is now outside of my body, and I am so blessed. My world now consists of timing pumping and feeding every three hours, changing diapers, cuddling, washing baby clothes, and just loving my little one. Caleb had a little scare with Jaundice this week. His count went up to 19.1, and at 19.5 they admit babies into the hospital. I have to tell you I was one terrified momma, when the doctors called to tell me the results. They instructed us to place him in the sun at 10 minute intervals throughout Saturday, and then to return to the hospital Sunday morning for another test. I cried and cried. It is soo scary when you think something is wrong with your little one. Thankfully the sun worked, and his count dropped to 16.7. They said once it begins dropping it continues to drop. After his doctors appointment Sunday morning Nick and I decided we still wanted to attend church. We just love the series that the minister is doing right now, and we did not want to miss one. We generally go to the second service which begins at 10:30. However, after the appointment we were in need of a nap, and we decided to shoot for the late service which we thought began at 12:30. We got up, got ourselves and Caleb dressed, and headed out the door. We were getting ready to get off the exit for our church when we realized that the late service began at 12 and not 12:30. So we never made it, but we at least attempted, and Caleb looked cute in his outfit that was too big. All of his clothes are too big though.
We had his one week appointment today. Everything checked out A okay, except the doctor wants him to gain more weight. He weighed 7 lbs at birth and he weighs 6 lbs 12 ounces right now. The doctor gave us a lactose free formula to mix with my breast milk which will give him more calories, and keep him from pooping out all of his calories as well. We have been going through A LOT of poopy diapers. I also learned last night that I have to watch what I eat with little Caleb. I was soo excited to each chicken wings last night, because I had to give them up during the pregnancy due to heartburn. One of our sweet friends brought us dinner from Applebees last night, and I engorged myself with wings. I felt fine, pumped my milk, and proceeded to feed Caleb. FYI Babies belly and spicy food does not mix. I was up ALL NIGHT long with a baby with an upset tummy, and I changed 5 poopy diapers within 2 hours last night. My poor baby boy. Mommy will never do that to him again. Hope you all are having a great week so far.


Abby said...

Girl, you look waaaay too good to have had a baby a week ago! No fair! It took me months to get to that point ;)

Caleb is darling and I hope he is recovering quickly!

Lea Liz said...

Brody had a scare with jaundice too!! It got to 19, so glad it is getting better!!!! He is too sweet! Isn't being a momma just amazing? You look so good girl!! Cant even tell you had a baby, lucky girl :)

Meagan said...

Oh he is just too cute!! You look great and I can't believe his little belly button is already healed!!

pgardella said...

It's been great hearing about Caleb, and your experiences with him. Those of us with kids know exactly what you are going through.

What church are you going to these days?