Day 14: Mom Gets Rest
This morning I went in to try nursing again. It went great, for the most part! But then I tanked and had a bit of a meltdown during rounds — the fever from last night still hasn’t subsided, though thankfully most of the pain has. Luckily everyone was super understanding and told me that I needed to go back to the hotel and get some rest. Ambrose is on autopilot, they said. He’ll continue to heal while I heal myself. Which, of course, is difficult. I just want to be near my little guy at all times. But I took their advice and have been chilling in bed the entire day.
Tomorrow I have an appointment with an OB at University Hospital to try and figure out what’s going on with my fever. I’ll be glad for that. I’m also hoping that I feel well enough tomorrow morning to try nursing at 11 a.m. That seems to be our golden hour.
As for Ambrose, he’s doing great, as always! I was wrong about the flow yesterday — they actually switched him down to a 1 and put the new cannula in today. They also did a hearing test on him, and everything is totally fine. Hooray!
Which brings up another point. I think — and I may be laughing at myself for saying this in a month or two — but I think we’ve been blessed with a child who has an incredibly calm temperament. Ambrose just seems to take whatever life throws at him. He’s not much of a fussy baby (unless he needs his diaper changed), and really enjoys being held. His neighbor, who’s actually moved now, was a huge screamer, but that didn’t seem to affect him at all.
Of course, my impression of him could be affected by the fact that I’m not his primary caregiver right now. We’ll see how he is once we take him home! Still, all things considered, I think we lucked out on this one. Now if only we could get him home to learn his little personality even more…
P.S. Sorry for the terrible quality of the photo. It’s actually a still from a video. Cute though, right? Check out that new cannula!