Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
We have still been having lots of trouble with GAS and he has been exhibiting signs of COLIC for the past couple weeks! We switched his formula about a week and a half ago to Enfamil Gentlease which is supposed to help with gas and fussiness, but we haven't seen too much of a difference - or a difference at all really. Dr. Mijares said that if Gentlease doesn't work for people she usually recommends trying a formula that is completely broken down so that Jack's little belly doesn't have to work to digest the formula - but it is VERY expensive. For a 12.8oz can of powder - which will last about 5 days - is $22! OUCH! She gave me enough samples that should last about 10 days and said to try it and see if it makes a difference or not before we go out and buy any. She said that we should see a difference within 2 -3 days. We gave him his first bottle tonight at 7pm so here's to hoping it helps - or not hoping it helps so that we don't go formula broke! She said we would only have to have him on it as long as we wanted but recommended until 8 - 12 weeks old. She said we didn't have to switch him if we wanted to try to "wait it out!" We'll see if it works miracles or not and decide from there!
I'm going to try to get some pictures taken over the weekend and I'll post them when I can! I'm just warning everyone he has lost all of the hair on the top of his head - haha! And he looks pretty funny at the moment - I'm just hoping it grows back SOON!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
You will need to click on Jack Spear under the "Recent Photos" section and the password is Nolan.
I am so impressed with Jayme! Even though you can't tell in any of the pictures - Jack was screaming the entire time! We had to trick him with a bottle just to get any shots! We'd put the bottle in his mouth and then I'd pull it out and she would shoot before he started screaming! She also does Birth Announcements and there are a couple examples, but none of which are the final one - I'm still debating on which pictures to use!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Well needless to say, they are now becoming the best of friends! Evidence below...
George is naturally a protective/jealous pup...especially when it comes to me - he would even growl and snip at Chris sometimes! Well he is now turning that protectiveness towards Jack. Whenever someone comes over and holds Jack, George immediately has to sniff them out and make sure they are OK - in George's world! It's so cute! And the other day I was doing the dishes and Jack was getting fussy laying on his Boppy Lounger on the couch...well when I walked into the living room George was laying beside Jack with his head over his belly as if he was trying to comfort him! It's also like George knows when Jack needs something - at night when Jack is in his pack n play he makes many noises and most of the time George just ignores them, but then every once in awhile Jack will make a noise and George will run over to the edge of the bed - and usually it's when Jack really does need something! It's so cool how dogs can tap into our lives and understand what's going on! I'm just so thankful things have worked out with George and Jack - it's such a relief and weight off my shoulders!
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
While we were at the hospital this week we had an ultrasound done on his kidneys to check their size and today Dr. Mijares said that the right one still showed as slightly enlarged, but within normal variance so no worries there! She said we will still follow up on them in a few months, but she doesn't think there is going to be any problems!
Jack has also been a little gassy/constipated since switching to the formula, so we got some tips from the doctor on how to handle it! The least invasive is to take his legs and do bicycle movements with them, give him a warm bath, give him up to 4 ounces of water a day (the extra fluid will help soften his stools), and lastly put some Karo Syrup in with the water, also you can take a rectal temperature (inserting the thermometer will cause him to push). So hopefully one of these will work in the future so that we can avoid another night like last night (he was up screaming and straining until 3AM!).
All in all he looks to be back on track - we are so relieved!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
However, Dr.'s main concern was his coloring...he was obviously still Jaundice! She immediately sent me to the hospital for another Bilirubin level test and this time said, "Wait at the hospital until I call you with the results," which automatically sent my brain into worst case scenario over drive! So off to the hospital we went - I should also mention that the weather was starting to get really bad outside with tornado threats and severe thunderstorms! We got to the hospital and they did his test and then the tornado sirens started going off. We were rushed down to the hospital basement to wait out the storm - which took about an hour and a half! I'm not even going to go into all the types of people I was with in the basement...GROSS! Luckily Jack slept through the whole thing and I never had to get him out from under his blanket!
After we'd been in the basement and the weather started to die down I say the lab tech coming into the room headed straight towards us and she says, "We need you to come back upstairs because we need to draw more blood to run some additional tests." I was like, OK? I was waiting for the results after experiencing the painful process of having his blood drawn! Chris was on his way to the hospital - he had been stuck in the basement at work! Just as the lab tech hands me the phone to talk to Dr. Mijares Chris came walking down the hall...
Jack's Bilirubin level was up to 23 from 16.2 the week before and she said we needed to be admitted so that Jack could get the Phototherapy treatment and some IV Fluids. Basically, since my breasts had stopped producing enough milk and Jack wasn't getting enough to eat he wasn't able to continue to pass the Bilirubin quickly enough so his Jaundice got worse, and then he was a bit dehydrated on top of that. We headed straight upstairs where they started his IV and then proceeded to draw even more blood and get a urine sample for another round of tests!
We started the Phototherapy treatment shortly after that. It was the longest night of Jack's life yet! He was in this blanket with the light shining up from under him. I could not take Jack out except to feed him and change and burp him! Try getting a 12 day old to stay asleep unswaddled and in a weird place! I think I got maybe 2 hours of sleep comprised of 10 - 20 minutes at a time!
His first Bilirubin check at about midnight was still 23, then his 6am check was 18.5, then his noon check was 17.2, and his 6pm check was 16.7 so we got to come home! They said that now that he is on formula he should be able to continue passing the Bilirubin quickly enough on his own. Breastmilk can/does take longer to make the Bilirubin pass - especially if they aren't getting enough!
We go back to see Dr. Mijares tomorrow afternoon so I will post another update! Oh, and we weighed him before leaving the hospital last night and he weighed 6 pounds 15.5 ounces! Some of that might have been from the fluids, but with all the formula he was drinking over the last 24 hours I'm hoping some of that was real weight gain!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I had a laundry list of questions that I had kept over the past few days of being at home, and surprisingly found that most of my concerns and questions were things that are completely normal with newborns, so I'm a little more at ease now!
Our first few days at home have been packed full with visitors, but everything seems to be going OK so far. The first night home was rough, but thank goodness my mom was here to help out! She left yesterday and at first I felt lost, but I did good by myself last night so I'm more hopeful now! Breast feeding is going pretty smooth so far and I'm really happy about that because I was not liking having to supplement him with formula. So as of yesterday he is now strictly a Breast Fed Baby!
That's all I have time for! Jack's calling!