1. Don't sweat the "small stuff!" = the jaundice will go away,be patient!
Besides that we have a beautiful, healthy baby boy!
2. Mommy learned how to pump = not sure how exciting that is, but totally necessary right now.
3. Being a mommy is a million times better and tougher than I could have ever imagined :) .
Well, we spent the first week of Parker's life in 2 different hospitals. I cried a lot... probably a little too much. But hey, I just had a baby and was in the hospital for 2 days before his birth with a kidney infection. Needless to say, I was running low on sleep. Parker's bilirubin levels kept going up making him jaundice. This requiried him to be treated by special lights. Apparently this is really common and I shouldn't have been so worried, but it killed us to see the little guy in this "plastic container" for days when we just want to hold him. This was a blessing in disguise.... the NICU at St. John Providence (where Parker was born) was closed due to an infection or something so we were transferred to another hospital. We ended up at Mt. Clemens General in the Pediatric unit. The nurse we had there was amazing. See when babies have jaundice they sleep a lot and don't want to wake up to eat. The problem with this is they need to eat (obviously) but because the way our bodies get rid of the extra bilirubin is throught pooping. We needed Parker to poop - lots! So for the first few days Parker would start to nurse just fine, but would fall asleep and not get enough. And sometimes he would just cry and cry and not latch at all. So this nurse was able explain and help us so much more than the 2 lactation consultants I had at the other hospital. In addition she had me pump and give him a bottle too. I was pretty much told by other nurses "do not give this baby a bottle, he will never nurse again". Now I am sure this is true with some babies, but I was desperate to get the lil guy to eat. Parker was 7lbs 8oz at birth and was down to 6 lbs 2 oz a few days later. Therefore I was happy to give him a bottle, especially once I could pump and give him my milk. After 2 nights at Mt.Clemens General Parker's bilirubin levels finally started to go down and we got to go home. So thankful for the wonderful nurses and doctors who took care of us. It wasn't fun, but everyone was so great to us and we feel very loved. We are so blessed that Parker is doing better and can't wait to get home :)