The home nurse came the next morning to check on us, taking another blood test for DD’s bilirubin. Result? It had gone up three points! We were told to just sit tight, feed her as much as possible and report to the lab the next morning for another bilirubin check. I tried my best to feed her, but she was so sleepy and didn’t eat much unless I force fed her, sneaking some supplemental milk in her mouth while she slept in my arms. The next morning, her levels had risen another point. More of the same at home…and more worrying. Another blood test, another two point rise. This time, the pediatrician that had guided us through DS3’s bumpy jaundice experience (a grandfatherly sort) took over and made one simple suggestion: put her strictly on formula for twenty-four hours. Going against all the advice of the breastfeeding community, I put my trust in him and followed his advice. Back to the lab Sunday morning and the result? A solid two point drop! I felt such relief from the burden of worry and frustration that had settled on my shoulders! He wants her back this morning for another bilirubin check, but told us we don’t have to be so strict with keeping her wrapped in the bili blanket she’s been bound to since she’s been home. Hello, snuggle time!!!
So…if you’re wondering where I’ve been hiding, I’ve had a little extra on my plate on top of the usual new baby things! Believe it or not, I did squeak out a really fast CAS card just for something to distract me late one evening while she was dozing and the three boys were tucked in. Here’s what my hands put together in less than ten minutes:
The silhouette flower images, sentiment and the die cut butterfly are all black in color. The narrow frame and gemstone are purple. I drew the butterfly’s flight path with just a fine tip marker.
I’m hoping for a less eventful week. My dear mother is here spending a few days with us and that, in itself, is such a comfort. Really, is there anything more comforting that the presence of your mother?