Day 11: A Bit of Progress!
See that? That’s what I get for wearing a high-contrast shirt to visit Ambrose. He was more interested in the stripes than in gazing into Mom’s eyes!
Anyway, our buddy made a bit more progress homeward today: as of 5:30 p.m. his PICC line is out! Meaning that he’s now receiving all his nutrition through the NG tube. His oxygen flow is also down to 2.5. It’s not zero, but it i a step in the right direction.
We’re still struggling with breastfeeding, but today he did get a few good latches. The key now is getting him to hold on and suck! Last night I spent the night in a room in the NICU to visit him during each of his night feeds; unfortunately, it didn’t really come to anything in the end. A couple times he was too asleep to want to nurse, and the other times we just didn’t get a great latch or anything. And I didn’t sleep very well to boot.
On top of this, I think I now have thrush on my left side. It just gets better and better for me, right? But I’m not going to let this defeat me, darn it. In spite of all the setbacks, we are still trying! The lactation consultant says Ambrose’s progress is encouraging.
Emotionally, I’m feeling much better today, which is a relief. Aunt Kristen and Uncle Quinton are in town visiting, so we took a trip to Uinta Brewing for a tour of the brewery. Unfortunately, Salt Lake City got quite a dumping of snow, and our tour guide was stuck up in Park City, so the tour turned into us trying every single beer they had on tap. Fun times!
Although, I do have to admit I got slightly weepy once today when I was telling J how the mom in Love You Forever is a bit of a stalker, sneaking into her adult child’s bedroom via ladder (!) to rock him to sleep, and then remembered the end of the book, when the son rocks the mom to sleep in her nursing home. Gosh, I’m getting choked up just typing about it now. What’s wrong with me? 😉
Anyway. Here’s hoping for more great progress tomorrow.