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Monday, February 25, 2008

At her pedi appt today, Lillian weighed 6lbs and 6ozs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Seven ounces in seven days.

The pedi said "that's almost a record!"

Unless she gets sick we don't have to go back until March 31st for her two month well baby checkup and her first immunizations.

Edited to add: And finally, "Failure to thrive" was not written on her billing record.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

I called the pedi's office to ask what I should do for her congestion being that the two nose bulb suckers I have don't fit in her nose because she's so tiny. The nurse actually said to me "No ma'am, you put the SMALL end in her nose."

Gee thanks honey, I'm glad to let you care for my daughter.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

At the follow up appointment on Monday, Lillian measured at 5lbs 15ozs, which isn't tons better, but is a gain and she is now above her birthweight!!!!!!!!!!!!

Doc said just continue what we're doing (Feeding fortified breastmilk and formula every other time every two hours) and come back next Monday for another check up. If she is still gaining, we don't have to go back until her regularly scheduled well baby two month checkup.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

"Failure to thrive"

Little Miss Lillian was admitted to the Children's Hospital for three days because of "failure to thrive". In other words, she was not gaining weight like the pedi wanted her to. Actually, she was not gaining weight at all for over a week. So not only did they tell us we had to take her straight to the hospital to admit her, they tell us that she has "failure to thrive". Then we get to the hospital and they ask "Reason for admittance?" and I have to say "failure to thrive". One would think they could come up with better phrasing for parents already in a stressful situation.

Anywho, Lillian had to have an IV put in, and had three veins blown in the process. She had to have a catheter put in, it actually worked on the 7th try. She had to have cheast ex rays done and have a heart monitor on continuously. Every half hour they took her blood pressure and temperature. It was awful. But every test they did for really bad things came back negative. The only thing they found was slightly elevated liver enzymes, but could not find a reason for that.

She had previously had some jaundice and thrush. We believe the thrush is what was causing her not to want to eat, although she still should have gained some weight. She gained 5 ounces while she was in the hospital, although their scales are different than the doctors office. According to the doctors office, she was 5 lbs 9 ozs when he had her admitted and according to the hospital she was 5 lbs 2 ozs when she was admitted and 5 lbs 7 ozs when she was discharged.

We have changed her feeding to every two hours during the day but only when she wakes up during the night. We have also started fortifying her breast milk bottles with extra calories to help fatten her up. And it looks like we are going to have to start doing some formula soon, as she is eating more than I can give her.

We have a follow up appointment on Monday at the doctor's office. Pray everything goes well. I never want to have to go through having her in the hospital again, it was horrible.

Friday, February 8, 2008

First photos


Its time for a poll. These are the first photos of all three of us. What attributes of Lillian do you think look like either of us. So far both of us just think she looks like Lilly. Thoughts?

Friday, February 1, 2008

Friday excitement

The excitement started VERY early when I discovered that Miss Lil cannot wear one of those dress thingys to bed. She needs a onesie on to help hold the diaper on. Because if she does wear a dress, like she tried last night, she wakes up with the diaper completely off, poop and pee on her dress, the blanket wrapped around her, the blanket wrapped around that, the sheet saver and the sheet. Its a nice surprise at 2am let me tell you.

The excitement continued when after I cleaned her up she slept for 5 hours straight!!!!!! That almost made up for the middle of the night laundry and bath session. We hope this continues but don't expect it to.

It further continued when I had to go to the dr and get my staples out. Thankfully, that was rather uneventful and didn't hurt as bad as it could have (although it did hurt more than they promised it would). They said everything looks good and I don't go back for a month. And I lost 21 pounds since last Wednesday. Let me know if anyone else can beat my record for 1 week weight loss :-). It just tells you how nasty puffy I was with water last week.

Then, poor Lilly had to go BACK to the pedi because we thought she looked a little yellow. The pedi said he didn't think it was bad but he did send us to the hospital for lab work. That hurt more than the staples even, poor thing, it took FOREVER. But she was excellent, and really didn't even cry that much. The doc called later to say that her level was 17, worse than he thought but not horrible. He said just to see if its worse tomorrow and if so to bring her back in, if not, we're okay. Here's hopin'.....