Day 15: Chugging Along

Excuse the bluish light in this photo — Ambrose’s neighbor is having some jaundice issues.

We had a good day, as usual. Ambrose’s flow is now down to a .06, .12, or .25 depending on whether he’s sleeping or not. (Keep in mind that this is 100% oxygen, as opposed to the high 20’s-30ish% he’s been on with the high flow cannula. But this is how he’d go home.) The nurse this evening said he actually doesn’t need the oxygen when he’s awake — he’s saturating at 100%, which is a very good number. As long as he’s in the mid to high 90’s, he’s golden.

Now all he needs to do is gain weight and get his food orally, which I think I wrote about yesterday. So close! Tonight the nurse weighed him and he was up to 4.325 kilos, which is up from his birth weight at 4.2 kilos. I say that counts!

As for oral feeds, we’re going to start him on a bottle as soon as…someone meets with him. I forget the exact title, but they’re basically going to make sure he’s on the right bottle and is figuring out how to coordinate the whole suck-swallow thing, I think.

He’s also been making a lot of progress breastfeeding, which is a huge boost of confidence for me. I think we can do this! My supply has been quite diminished because of the stress and mastitis issues, but I’m pretty sure it will go up to meet the demand as soon as I’m able to work toward exclusively breastfeeding. In the meantime, I spend half my waking hours in the pumping room. Le sigh.

By the way, I’m feeling much better physically today. My fever has all but vanished, and the OB appointment went well. She’s not concerned by the relapse, but thinks it’s due to engorgement and the plugged ducts I was experiencing. So for now the plan is to continue with the antibiotics and go back in if I keep getting high fevers.

But hopefully that was the last of it. I’m really going to try and take it easy from here on out. Because I hate feeling miserable, and I hate being forced to spend time away from my sweet little buddy!

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5 thoughts on “Day 15: Chugging Along”

  1. Take it easy, mama! You are doing so well and little Ambrose is just perfect. I am so happy things are going well and you are feeling better!!

    Much love,
    kellybean1988

  2. That is all good news. I am glad you are feeling better. It is so much easier to cope with life when you feel good. I remember spending lots of time pumping while David was still in the hospital but it was worth it. Have a great day.

  3. Ambrose is looking great! Thank you for the updates. Happy to hear that there is hope around the corner with breastfeeding!

  4. Emily, I have been reading your updates on baby Ambrose. I have been praying for him, and you, everyday. His recovery has been a miracle!!!
    As a labor and delivery nurse, I can say this is one of the best NICU stories I have known about! Just for a resource for you I am going to share a couple of links. It can be very stressful once you get home, as nothing every seems to go just as we had planned. This may be unnecessary, as your NICU (or your mom) may have other resources, but you may find you need some support later. The postpartum site has an online support group, if you can’t get out. http://www.postpartum.net/ http://share.marchofdimes.org/

    Bless you an Ambrose as you both recover!
    -Michelle

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