March for Babies

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

I am still here

My how time does fly when you are having fun. It is July. This means that I have only three and a half weeks left of my maternity leave. AHHHH! and Ugh!

She is 7 pounds today. That is HUGE. No really, 7 pounds and 19 inches long is like, well, like a newborn! She is one month adjusted! We have made it to the positive numbers! I can stop saying things like "she is 44 weeks gestation". Now I can say "she is four and half months or one month adjusted". No matter how many times I say it (and I find myself saying it a lot because GOOD GOD, I CANNOT WALK THROUGH THE FREAKING GROCERY STORE WITHOUT 10 PEOPLE STOPPING TO ASK ME ABOUT THE CUTE LITTLE ITTY BITTY TEENY TINY BAAAABBBBEEEEE!) everyone gets a confused look on their face and I have to explain what adjusted means and it just sucks. Why can't every Tom, Dick and Harry know as much as you lovely Internets?

The good news is that very close to her actual first birthday (MIL asked yesterday which birthday we are supposed to celebrate, when she was born or her adjusted date. *eyes rolling*) she will be receiving the gift of a new baby cousin. YAY! We just found out that TBSILE (The Best Sister-In-Law Ever) is expecting #2. Again, I say YAY!

I just picked up one of these today and so far I am LOVING IT! I highly recommend it for those with wee ones since most carriers are designed for well, normal sized babies and their poor little legs get stretched out too wide and they end up just flopping around on top. (The picture there looks like the kid has been absolutely flattened which might argue with my leg-spreading point but it is totally adjustable and, well, look at the size of the kid!) This wrap works in front (tummy to tummy and facing out), hip, back and nursing cradle position. FABULOUS! Azure is as we speak drooling all over my cleavage but you know what? I am typing with too hands so WHO CARES!

Also, the home nurse visited from the County Health Department today. She suggested I mix 1/2 ounce of pear juice with 1/2 ounce of water and give that to her every day as a natural laxative sort of thing so that we don't have to rely on the suppositories when things get stopped up. I bought some this afternoon and told Azure she will be enjoying her first "treat" of Poop Juice this evening. (She hasn't moved anything in three days, since the last suppository was given.) Hopefully the Poop Juice will work, and I will owe the nurse a huge big ole thank you kiss. Or something.

In conclusion, still here, still lurking, still loving my temporary stint as a SAHM and missing you all.

PS - The Domperidone is working! She actually nursed for 20 minutes this morning on the left side and I was actually getting engorged! I know they always say that is a bad thing but you have to understand how soft and empty they girls have been for the past month. It was nice to feel full again. I need to be more strict with my pumping schedule, something that will actually get easier when I go back to work.

13 comments:

Erica said...

YAY for the Domperidone! That's great!

Kate said...

7 pounds! That's fantastic - well done all of you!

I'm fascinated about the domperidone - I'm a nurse in NZ and I've only ever used it for nausea etc in patients so it's really interesting to hear it being used for something else. Glad it is working!! There is nothing worse than the soft boob feeling when you've got a hungry baby.

amy said...

So glad the meds are working and your supply is up. There is nothing more depressing than a hungry baby and soft girls. And, so glad you found a carrier that works for the tiny babes. My dad had to send one from Germany that was made for preemies. It makes such a difference when they are snug and not flopping around. Oh, and finally, woo hoo on the weight gain. That is some amazing progress! Enjoy the rest of your time at home. We are thinking of you.

Reese said...

Yay for 7 pounds! Yay for the wrap! Yay for domperidone! Yay for Poop Juice! YAY!

nikki said...

Poop juice! My son had to take it for months. Prune juice works well too! Yay for 7lbs!

Miss W said...

My lowercase was put on straight prune juice in the NICU. It works. WELL. He started out getting 5cc once a day. Then he got bigger and it became twice a day. Then 10cc, then 15 once a day. Now we give him roughly an ounce of prune juice at bed time. He probably doesn't even need it anymore, but he loves it, he's guaranteed to finish it and it's the only way we can get him to drink the wretched polyvisol (vitamins prescribed by the ped).

PJ said...

Glad to hear the Domperidone is working.

I have that wrap and I totally love it.

ThreeBees said...

Seven. . . what a beautiful number! So glad all is going well. Thinking of you often. . .

Rachel A said...

I also love the UBW. We used something similar. It will start to get really uncomfortable around 15-20 lbs (which will come faster than you can imagine!), and there are lots of options for the older babies. It sounds like you guys are doing great! Would love another picture...
Rachel (in NYC)

hope said...

Hi! I'm another mom of a tiny baby (3 months and just hit 10 pounds) who has just stopped getting the "oooohh soooo tiiiiiny" stuff. I'm also on domperidone. It doesn't help enough that I have a full supply, but it helps some. How much are you taking?

Lindsay said...

just found your blog while looking for "preemies suppositories" and a whole slew of other concerned internet investigating mama words! Thank you for wharing your journey... MY jordyn is 39 weeks now (born at 28 weeks, from severe preeclampsia.) We are at day 78 in the NICU, and reading your blog felt like sifting through my thoughts of the past 2 1/2 months. How did the poop juice work for your little Azure? We have been on chips in the NICU for the last month and I am starting to think we are never going to get that poor thing to poop on her own again! thanks again for sharing your journey... lindsayreskey@gmail.com

Atomica said...

Hi there. I hate explaining the adjusted age, etc., to strangers, so I just go by her gestational age when strangers in the store ask. That works in most situations, in case you were interested in less explanation.

Reese said...

Haven't heard from you in a while and hoping everything is okay... You and your family are in my thoughts.