I can’t believe Miss Nora is already two weeks old! Here is a picture I took of her yesterday when she was being a bit feisty. (She really needs a bath to get the rest of the glue and markings off her head from the EEG.)
During the past two days Nora has shown quite a bit of progress. She is up to 3.11 lbs now, still receiving my milk at 7 cc every 4 hours I believe, plus other nutrients through her PICC line. She’s back to CPAP as she was extubated yesterday morning around 11 am and hasn’t had any spells in the past 24 hours. I’ve definitely noticed her activity level increasing, as she was quite active and more awake yesterday than I’ve seen her since birth. She even let out a few cries that were quite loud, well, loud for her 😉 And, I got to hold her yesterday during her afternoon feeding!!! She was so sweet, held onto one of my fingers and fell asleep.
An echo of her heart was done yesterday as it was thought she has a slight murmur. Eric told me not to worry about the echo results, that lots of babies have murmurs and over time, as their heart more fully developes, the murmur resolves itself on its own. And that is exactly what the specialists just explained in rounds. So I won’t worry.
Another lumbar puncture (LP) is scheduled for 11 am today to see if her spinal fluid is free of infection. They plan to treat her meningitis with antibiotics two weeks beyond a negative LP.
I’m still feeling a bit overwhelmed with pumping every three hours around the clock. I shouldn’t complain though, as my pump goes right back to sleep in-between feedings! I have to assume though, that getting up in the middle of the night to feed your baby is way more exciting than getting up to pump.
I do still have a few concerns about pumping. I should probably just track down the lactation consultant here, but all of you are always so helpful…
- Will I always be pumping every three hours? Or will the time in-between increase again, as the lactation consultant instructed me earlier this week to increase time from every 2 hours to every 3 hours?
- There have been several times where for whatever reason I couldn’t pump right at 3 hours. Like yesterday I was holding Nora and went almost 4 hours, and my breasts felt like they were going to explode. I assume that’s normal, or no?
- I’ve been applying lanolin after almost every pumping session, but I would still say my nipples are quite sore. Is it normal that burn/tingle randomly from time to time, when I’m not pumping? Even clothing rubbing on them seems to hurt.
- I still feel a hard knot in one breast. I’ve tried heat and massage, but it doesn’t seem to be helping. And I’ve tried pumping forever to get all the milk out, but at some point, nothing more comes and the knot remains. The lactation consultant asked me if I have anything on my nipples that looks like small pimples, as I could have a blocked area. How the heck do I know what that should look like? And what do I do if I do have these pimple-like things?
And just like that its time to pump again 🙂