Thursday, October 15, 2009

Where does the time go?!?!?

Today, LPS is 1 month old. Where did the time go? It seems like just yesterday we were in the NICU dealing with tachypnea, jaundice, and reflux. I remember feeling like we were going to be in the NICU forever because escaping from there is so difficult. I have to blame the American way for that. Because everyone sues for everything, the doctors in the NICU are terrified to let even the tiniest of things go unnoticed for fear of being sued for malpractice. We got out of the NICU on Monday, September 21 and began daily trips back to the hospital for a bilirubin test because his was so high. Then... there was the bili-bed which he refused to sleep on. Now, through all of this the reflux was still present with medicine that wasn't working. On October 6th, we made a trip to the pediatric GI specialist who changed his medication but said it would take 2-3 weeks before we noticed a difference. YEAH!!! Last week, we realized that he also has colic. Three days ago, we seemed to get everything under control. I had a baby who would only sleep in the swing or on our chests or on his tummy, but definitely not on his back like the pediatrician recommended. After many nights of sleeping with the baby bjorn on and him in it, we made another appointment with his pediatrician, only for her to say he looks, sounds and feels great. We finally tried using a bigger "swaddle me" and propping him up on his side to sleep. We have found the miracle cure :) We thought he hated being swaddled but it turns out the one we were using just wasn't big enough. He has a little bit of a cold now, so we aren't always sleeping through all of the congestion, but he is sleeping in long chunks... but more importantly, he is no longer sleeping on my chest in the baby bjorn. He is 4 weeks and 2 days old... one month. Why does this time in life go by so fast when you only want to cherish every minute. He weighed 9 pounds 11 ounces this week after he was born at 8 pounds 10 ounces. However, after several days in the NICU, he was down to 8 pounds even. While he is much more difficult as a baby than HAS or JMS were, he is more of a snuggler than either one of them was also. He is a joy in our lives and both of the older two adore him. JMS even said that the baby will be his favorite brother because he is not as energetic as HAS.

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