Day 16: Testing Out the Bottle
This is Ambrose getting his first bottle! This morning at 11 two women from PT stopped by to evaluate his mouth and get him going on the bottle. They said everything looked great with him, for the most part, and then started feeding him. For a first-timer, he took it like an absolute champ — downed two of the three ounces before getting sleepy and stopping. I even got my own shot with it!
So this feels like a huge success already. He took another bottle at 2 p.m. and it was pretty much the same story; I stopped by after my 8 p.m. pumping and the nurse was feeding him. He was just getting sleepy.
Which means that we’ve started to take our first steps toward going home. Don’t get too excited! These are just things that need to be done, and so why not get them done with earlier rather than later? Tomorrow Ambrose will take his car seat test, which means that he’ll hang out in there for 90 minutes while being monitored to make sure all his stats are okay. (Good thing I installed the seat ages ago and it automatically came with us!) We’re also required to watch Purple Crying and Infant CPR videos; we’ve done the first and will finish the second tomorrow or thereabouts.
Still, it’s progress, and it’s exciting. I’m beyond ready to come home, and to eat real food, and sleep in my own bed, and have all my own things handy. It’s tough trying to nurse without a nursing pillow! I’ve been struck with yet another fever this evening, which, by the way, I’ve started to notice a trend: the fever seems to come on right after a bout of plugged ducts. Luckily today I was able to work through the most recent round fairly quickly, so hopefully this fever resolves just as quickly. It had better! We were planning on visiting the Tabernacle for an organ concert tomorrow. In the meantime, I’m going to stay in and sleep as much as I can, while Ambrose continues to figure out the bottle.