Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Poor baby

It's my birthday today. Not such a happy one.
Aliah is having some issues this morning.
Her core temp. went down to 95 degrees and stayed there for a few hours, so she is now under a big warming lamp. Her bp has been kind of erractic, and she didnt pee at all while I was sleeping from 1-5am.
They are also concerned that her iron levels are low and continuing to drop. (This is mostly my fault, since I'm an anemic vegetarian.) They said the usual course of action to fix it is... a blood transfusion. This seems a bit extreme to me, as a first course of action, but then again, what do I know?

My main concern right now is pumping enough milk to feed this kid. I am worried that I might not have enough supply for her. Right now she is getting about 3 oz every three hours. At home, I had no problem pumping out this much, but as it is, I am struggling. Maybe the stress is getting to me?

One good thing: she's still gaining weight! When we were admitted she was 4.78 kgs and now she is just over 5 kgs (sorry, I dont do metric conversions in my head).


Another Muggle said...

I am glad to hear that she is gaining weight :) stay strong and I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Hayley x

Another Muggle said...

oh and Happy Birthday xx

karmapearl said...


Nicole, I'm so sorry that you and your family are having to go through such stress. You and Aliah and Hannah and Mike will be in my thoughts.

Happy Birthday, too, though I know you're not really able to enjoy it right now. :(

Vanessa said...

Happy Birthday Nicole!!

I'm praying for you guys! Poor Aliah, I'm sorry she's so sick :(

Lacie said...

Happy Birthday and we are praying - make sure you are taking care of yourself - drinking water and such - maybe it will help with the pumping. Let us know if there is anything we can do!

hancock_alisha said...

oh sweetheart.. i am so sorry. i definitely know the feeling of having your child in the icu. email me anytime you need me hun. as for the milk production. just keep pumping hun. put a pic by your pump and pump away. i still struggle with my volume but we are doing better. tons of prayers your way. now on the blood issue when was she born? babies tend to be anemic around 4-7wks due to their hemaglobins getting to "human" level versus fetal levels. so unless they are really low then i would ask them about this. because it could cause a different issue.

Kimmygintx said...

{{HUGS}} and happy birthday!!