NICU moms… How do you do it? It’s only been 22 days and I feel like I’m gonna go crazy in this room everyday. I have a routine now, which helps, but yet also doesn’t help, as everyday seems the same. Maybe it would be better if Eric were here with me, but of course, he is not, he is working.
And pumping for 22 days as well. Gosh it feels like years! That’s a normal feeling, right?? I’m still pumping every 3 hours day and night. And yes, I know that’s how often a baby eats. But gosh its no fun to get up in the middle of the night to a pump! The lactation nurse said my supply might drop when I went from every 2 hours to every 3 hours, but honestly, its increased in total per day. I’m consistently getting 34 to 37 oz every 24 hours. I have no clue how much babies eat in a 24 hour period though. Do I need this much? I guess it’s good to be freezing all I can, right?
I’m still using the lanolin, but I ordered a few other products to try, as I feel like I itch from the lanolin. I forget the names of what I ordered, but once I try them out, I’ll be sure to report back!
I held Nora today during her afternoon feeding… And I’m fairly certain she spit up the entire feeding on me. I know babies spit up, but the first time she did was the day they realized she had meningitis. They increased her feeds again today to 24 cc every 4 hours. I feel like that’s a lot since it goes into her stomach from her feeding tube in less than 10 minutes. Maybe that’s why she spit it up! The doctors know best, but just seems like they increased too quickly.
I’m feeling good on my antibiotics but this darn rash I have is still with me. My OB/GYN said its hormones and totally normal. But its gross. It looks like little pimples all over my chest, back, upper arms, neck, and now some on my face too. Almost like tiny white heads, or blisters. I Googled ‘rashes after delivery’ and I find lots, but most mention itching… mine doesn’t itch, thank goodness.
I’ll leave you with a picture of Nora and me 🙂