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My Hospital Stay

The second part of our birth story really is our time in the NICU and my time on the Mother Infant Unit. As far as my stay was concerned it was ok. The first day they only gave me one Tylenol with Codeine and I SUFFERED. By the end of the second day I had this terrific nurse named Jaime. My day nurse looked at me every time I whined about the pain like I was a junkie looking for drugs. Jaime, on the other hand, had three sections herself. When I told her what they were giving me she immediately called the doc and had them put me on two Tylenol with Codeine and a 600mg Ibuprofen. Needless to say, day three was a hell of a lot easier than day two. I still had to call the nurse every time I needed my meds (which was annoying) but I wanted to stay on top of the pain.

The other battle I was (and have been) fighting is the breastfeeding. I had every intention of breastfeeding from the first moment, but it didn't happen that way. Since the girls went to the NICU with very low blood sugar they had to give them formula. I figured my milk would come in easily and I could switch them to breast milk. Day two came and went with me pumping and trying to nurse. But no milk. On day three came the colostrum. I could pump about 6 drops per side, so we gave that to the girls in their bottles. Day four came and still no milk. The colostrum was drying up and the girls were more interested in their bottles than trying to nurse and get nothing. I consulted with the lactation consultant daily and she was terrific. She told me to keep hydrating, pumping and trying to nurse. I could give you the blow by blow of the next few days but the long and short of it is that I am 9 days post birth and still waiting for the milk to officially come in. I pump and nurse Gracie and still get very little. It is extremely frustrating. Both girls would do better on breastmilk and I wish I could give more to Abby. I am not giving up and still keeping up my routine. Hopefully I am just a late bloomer.


Plant Girl 10:22 PM  

Is your milk any better now? Hopefully it has come in full force.

Kirsten 4:45 PM  

They are so precious and I just love the picture with your Boston!! How is he taking it? We have an 8 year old Boston who is our baby and I'm a little concerned b/c she is terrified of kids. Doesn't bite or anything, just hides and shivers.
They look like little angels and I am so glad they are reunited!

Emilie 6:23 PM  

I had one nurse that was so dumb that when I told her I was tired and didn't want people bothering me, she put a sign on the door that said "do not distrub." Distrub? I took the sign down because I didn't want anyone to think I was too stupid to take the baby home. This one nurse was really awful for many reasons.
The other nurses were a blessing. But I got annoyed that they kept taking the baby away from me. Hands off, she's mine! Take my blood pressure LATER... like when I'm NOT NURSING! Sheesh.

Nickie 2:54 PM  

Oh man, I hope your milk is here now, I can't imagine how hard it must be for you and the girls.

My nurses kept trying to get me to take 2 percoset with my ibuprofen but surprisingly I hardly needed the 1 most of the time. Now, at home, I find I need the meds more, but that's probably b/c I'm not resting as much as I was in the hospital. Up and down the stairs alone is adding to the activity level. Sorry you got stuck with a moron. Glad you got a god-send afterwards though.



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Over 8 years we have struggled through 3 IUI's, 6 rounds of IVF, several RE's, hundreds of appointments and the loss of three little angels. Now we find ourselves the proud parents of two perfect little girls and a wonderful little boy!!

Both of our girls struggle with some disabilities but that won't keep us down. Each day has it's own brand of insanity but we love it. Most days I am more monkey wrangler than mother but I do the best I can. Todays goal - getting to tomorrow.

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