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22/05/2013 at 16:15
Firstly, can I say thank you to Margot for my BA and for all of your messages? I was able to read them all but not really able to post as my reception was so cr@p in hospital.
I will do a little birth story later but for the ladies who have had to suffer me on 3rd tri I saw my mw on Thurs am and was very grumpy and fed up with the whole contracting/not contracting thing. Me and A went shopping for the afternoon, all the while I was having tightenings. That evening I was bent double trying to cook dinner and conceded and went in to be checked. Same old story , contracting but not dilating but they wanted to keep me in.
Anyway, fast forward to the morning after a terrible night of no sleep and the mw who came on duty went to speak to the docs who agreed that as the ELCS list was light that day (friday) they would just bring mine forward (my consultant had previously agreed that if a slot came up post 38 weeks then I could have it). SO I was prepped, whipped down and Martha Alice arrived at 12.37 once they managed to wrestle her out as she was so stuck.
We stayed in 2 nights and came home on Sunday. I had noticed she was a bit yellow but we were still discharged. Come Monday am she was day glo orange. We had the mw turn up to visit at 9am who agreed about her colour and when she weighed her and found she had lost 10.9% she rang the hospital and sent us in to neo natal. They ran some tests and she was pretty badly jaundiced (they think we got there 'just in time') so we were admitted and treatment started. Initially one lamp and feed 3 hourly - breast feed followed by a top up cup feed with the volume set my national guidelines so increasing daily, to 'flush out' the jaundice. I hadn't expressed anything so this first top up was by formula which I was irrationally upset about - don't get me wrong, I have no issues with formula and the other 2 were predominantly FF and I have 5 tubs of the stuff upstairs but I actually felt BF was working out quite well for us this time so I was a bit gutted. I started expressing straight after every BF though and started building up a stash in the fridge to use instead. Unfortunately when tested 6 hours later her jaundice levels had gone up quite a bit (steeper than the chart) so a 2nd lamp was added and a feeding tube put in . We carried on through the night - I was given a room and set an alarm for 3 hourly. However, the 3 hourly routine actually took about about 1.5 hours at a time so I was only getting to bed for an hour or so in between). Her levels came down at some point (I lose track!) which was great and one lamp removed. Then they went back up - aargh!! My poor baby was so punctured by this stage from all the blood tests it was just awful. By yesterday late morning the levels had come down a bit again and below the treatment line so we crossed everything that she could maintain them by herself, removed the lamps and halved the top ups (i did not want t bring a baby home who was used to a BF followed by 70 mls top up every 3 hours ) and left to see what would happen over 6 hours.
She was then retested at 8pm last night and it had come down a teeny bit but down none the less!! They agreed to discharge us and to keep an eye on her and continue the feeding routine for 24 hours.
WE had a pretty good night and she actually woke us up to be fed (one of the side effects of the jaundice and her v thick blood was extreme lethargy). Today she is really sleepy but I;m not sure if that's just normal newborn behaviour. We
oh flip, that's quite long isn't it! sorry!
22/05/2013 at 16:20
Good to hear from you Morph, and sorry to hear you've been back in hospital. Sounds like things are improving though, fingers crossed your gorgeous girl can beat the jaundice quickly - lots of vibes heading your way. She clearly didn't want to wait for the date you were given! x
22/05/2013 at 16:22
Sorry you and Martha have been through all that, but great news she seems to be doing so well - hopefully it will continue, anti jaundice vibes being sent xx
22/05/2013 at 16:25
You both have been through the mill, glad things are improving and I'm sending lots of anti-jaundice vibes x
22/05/2013 at 16:27
Fingers crossed she continues to improve, glad you're home to enjoy her. And I love the name , very cute
22/05/2013 at 16:28
Sounds like she's doing great with the improvements - long may they continue. I had to top up in hospital because of O's blood sugars (they were too low due to my GD) which really upset me especially as, like you, I thought we had been BFing really well, but was able to drop them after a few days. And the newborn sleepiness sounds right on the money - hopefully things will all settle really soon.
Congratulations again xxx
ETA and I her name x
22/05/2013 at 16:33
Congratulations on your new arrival. Lots of vibes coming your way. I hope she continues to get better. P also lost too much birth weight and was a little jaundiced but she picked up pretty quickly xx
22/05/2013 at 16:59
Hope that things keep improving for you both, but pleased to hear that you are now at home. After all the difficulties you had in 3rd tri, was glad to hear that you were able to get an earlier c-section. Sending bucket loads of no more jaundice vibes to Hampshire! x
22/05/2013 at 17:16
Wow, what a journey. Glad things seem to be improving and your back home
22/05/2013 at 17:38
Hey Morph....you have certainly been through it with the whole pregnancy and the birth and then what followed....thanks for sharing...glad things are better now and that you are home..... Good to see you here....no more jaundice vibes coming your way.....Take care xx
22/05/2013 at 18:12
Glad you're both home now.
Sending lots of anti-jaundice vibes xx
23/05/2013 at 07:33
Blimey, sounds like you've had a bit of a time of it! Must be hard being readmitted especially for your other two. Glad she seems to be on the right track now though. No- yellow vibes from me!
23/05/2013 at 12:22
Thanks all. I still need those vibes please. MW has just been - she's lost a little more weight and is super sleepy today. It wasn't a mw who has seen her before but I asked, based just on observation, would she be concerned about her colour and she said yes, she'd be sending her for jaundice tests! Aargh. She phoned the paediatrician to get advice and the plan is to top up after every feed today and if she's still sleepy and difficult to feed this evening then call neo natal again. Sigh, I think I know where this is headed.
The thing is she was great during the night - she woke me rather me setting an alarm and fed really well.
These babies really are sent to try us!!
23/05/2013 at 13:27
Fingers crossed she perks up a bit. Presume you've already put her by the window etc? Sammy was on and off the bili blanket for quite a few days before it settled. Hope you stay at home!
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