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.

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5 thoughts on “Day 16: Testing Out the Bottle”

  1. Dear Emily,
    I’m not sure if you will remember me, but I was your second grade teacher. I clearly remember you and was so interested to read about you on this blog. I am now retired from teaching, but work half time as a teaching assistant at Bethany! That is how I was connected to this blog. i supervise 5 periods of study hall. Imagine that: from primary age kids to high school and middle school kids. I’m finding they really aren’t that much different! By that I mean they are all unique, precious people, so I’m having great fun being here. Just last year I became a grandma for the first time, so I am really “into babies”. 🙂 Your baby Ambrose is so beautiful!!! I have been praying for him and for you since I learned of your situation and will continue to do so. I am so proud of you…I can tell you are an awesome person (as you were even at age 7) and a terrific mom. Blessings to you. Jan Stair

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