A Week of Craziness

Sometimes life sends a curve ball your way and you just have to do your best to catch it in your hands and hang on tight.  That’s what the past week has felt like.  With our little girl’s early arrival, I’ve felt such a mix of emotions!  Relieved to have the ole labor and delivery part behind us, but that feeling was replaced by worry when the next day, the pediatrician on call told us they needed to put her under light therapy for jaundice.  We both ended up spending an extra day and night in the hospital, her in a blue lighted box with nothing more than a diaper and a felt eye patch over her eyes and me sitting in my room, fretting as mothers naturally do.  Each morning, she had a blood test to see how her bilirubin levels were doing.  Wednesday evening, the pediatrician finally said she could go home as he thought she seemed to be fairly stable.  I couldn’t pack up my things soon enough!  There’s nothing like sitting in a hospital room like that for three days to make you want to just throw the doors open and run!

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?

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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12 Comments

  • Ardyth Percy-Robb Posted Tuesday, 08/06/2013 2:32 pm

    So glad things are settling down and progressing well! I remember thinking I could stop worrying once the baby was born, but really it was just the beginning! I'm sure every mother goes through it! Enjoy your time with your mom!

  • shirley-bee Posted Tuesday, 08/06/2013 2:34 pm

    This brings back memories! DS1 was early and jaundiced and spent time in an incubator. You've done well to sneak in some cardmaking with all that going on!

  • Tracey McNeely Posted Tuesday, 08/06/2013 3:03 pm

    Melissa, she is on her way now. It will just go uphill from here. Having your mother there for a few days is really going to help, Mom's just do. You are in my thoughts and remember the team can pick up the slack, just ask. 🙂 xoxo

  • Happy Dance Posted Tuesday, 08/06/2013 3:47 pm

    My last little one was jaundiced too. He's 33 now and just fine. It is so lovely that your mom can help you out for a time…I get to do that next month, when DSs newest comes along! Very excited. So glad things are getting better for you. Looking forward to seeing more pix too! Best wishes continued…Bev

  • Lisa Posted Tuesday, 08/06/2013 3:58 pm

    So happy your little angel is doing better Melissa! I will say an extra prayer for her. Hugs to you,take care!

  • Lisa A. Posted Tuesday, 08/06/2013 5:52 pm

    I can remember when my now 17yr old had jaundice…so happy your baby girl is doing better! Take care and get lots of rest…so glad to hear your mom is visiting…moms can be such comfort and a help, too! Loved seeing your pictures…saw the boys, too…what beautiful children you have, Melissa!! AND you manage to make a lovely card amidst everything you have going on…you are amazing:)!!

  • Gillian R Posted Tuesday, 08/06/2013 6:24 pm

    Really lovely to hear from you Melissa, glad to here you are all home safe and sound. Enjoy the time with your mum and new baby

  • Tenia Nelson Posted Wednesday, 08/07/2013 3:14 am

    I can totally relate to the jaundice scare. Man….craziness let me tell ya!! I am soooooo glad that you and baby are doing great!! I know you are having a blast with your new sweet and beautiful daughter!! 🙂 Yayness!!!

  • Gail Park Posted Wednesday, 08/07/2013 3:38 am

    Jaundice an be so scary. Thankful that her numbers are going in the right direction and that your mom can be there to help. You're right, nothing like having mama around! How awesome that you not only got a card done in such short time, but that it was such a fine looking card!

  • Sandy Posted Wednesday, 08/07/2013 1:39 pm

    Oh Melissa do keep us posted – she is so precious. You do have your hands full three boys and now a baby girl. I am grinning ear to ear. Your baby is being tended to by a good doctor. I look forward to more of your beautiful pictures as she gets older. And what a fun picture – the three boys with their baby sister.
    You card is lovely.
    Sandy

  • aussiekez Posted Wednesday, 08/07/2013 11:12 pm

    Oh how gorgeous is your card after all that you have been through, you managed to put this together, when it takes me days. Congratulations on the arrival of your sweet baby girl, hopefully the worries are over. God bless you and your family, Kerri

  • Bonnie Posted Sunday, 08/11/2013 11:38 pm

    A beautiful card, Melissa and a beautiful new daughter! From a mother's viewpoint, it's a blessing to her to be there with you and her lovely grandchildren. God bless you all!

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