We are slowly settling into what is our “new normal.”
It’s been a week since my last post and a lot has happened.
For one thing, we are all healthy (for now – knock on wood, right?) It took me a couple extra days to get over that cold, but once my doctor told me to take a bunch of extra Vitamin D, I got over it more quickly. Luke didn’t get sick at all (I think I can now safely say that) and I am so thankful I am nursing him because I know that’s what kept him healthy – well of course the Lord, first and foremost, but the nursing was good too!
Luke is doing very well. He is now 3 weeks old and we are loving him so much! It’s hard to believe my due date was yesterday (Jan 30th) and yet he is 3 weeks old. Luke is back up to his birth weight as of Saturday night – 7 pounds 13 ounces. It took him a little bit, but he is gaining slowly but surely. He is a very good nurser – he nurses every 2.5-3 hours during he day and at night, he goes 3-4 hour stretches. On Saturday night, he slept for a 5 hour stretch and last night, he went 6 hours! I am so happy about that! Nursing is going really well. I’m not having any issues like I did when I nursed Emily. But I’m not pumping at all either, which I did with Emily, and I think that caused many of the issues I had. I am still going by my plan to “not plan” with nursing and it’s really nice. I’ve had a few times where I’ve considered quitting, but I was really tired and I knew that, so I told myself to just wait until I’m thinking more clearly & go from there. And each time, I’ve come to the conclusion that things are going really well now and I’m doing okay recovery-wise; while I’m not back on my feet as quickly as I was when Joshua was born and I didn’t nurse him, I don’t feel that nursing Luke is majorly holding me back so I’m ok right now.
Luke had a little bit of thrush and the doctor prescribed oral Nystatin over the phone last Tuesday. I gave him his first dose that night and we had a horrible night – he screamed for a couple of hours straight through the night and did not sleep well the remainder of the night. It was exhausting and I was left desperately trying to think what I had eaten that bothered him so much! But I didn’t eat anything different that I had previously so I was left scratching my head. The next morning I gave him his 2nd dose of Nystatin and he became fussy again. Then it dawned on me – the Nystatin was the only thing different. I called the doctor and they said to stop giving it to him immediately as it can cause discomfort in babies (it didn’t with Emily or Joshua who had also had thrush, but every baby is different!) So now, as an alternative, we’re giving him powdered probiotics mixed into a paste 3 x a day and that seems to have cleared up the thrush. And since we’ve stopped it, my sweet contented baby is back to himself.
My sweet mom-in-law was here last week and she was so incredible. She took care of the kids, she cooked meals, she cleaned my house, she did laundry (washed, dried, folded, AND put away!), she took Nathan to karate, and so much more. Seriously, she was beyond amazing and I am so incredibly grateful for all she did! Especially when I was sick with a cold and just had absolutely no energy last Sunday/Monday/Tuesday. Because of everything she did, I was able to get over it quicker and my house is in pretty good shape so I’m not feeling so overwhelmed right now! It was just wonderful! She went back home on Friday and we all miss her very much, but are so glad she was able to come.
Nate went on a short business trip last Wednesday. It was supposed to be a quick day trip to New Jersey – fly in that morning, fly home in the evening. But a major snowstorm came in and NYC/New Jersey area got quite a bit more than predicted (19″!) and all the flights were cancelled. He ended up staying the night in NJ and then getting a rental car to drive home (about a 6 hour drive) the next morning as there were no flights until later that afternoon at the earliest. I received a phone call late morning. Nate had gotten into quite a serious accident in NYC on I-95. The roads had been really clear and then all of a sudden with no warning, they turned horrible with complete slush covering the highway (apparently NYC isn’t known for good plowing.) From what I understand, his car spun out, hit an SUV, then hit a semi truck (!!!), and then spun into the cement barrier. God must have been working overtime that day because he wasn’t hurt and no one else was either. I am so incredibly thankful – I just can’t express it enough! Thank You, Jesus for protecting my husband!
He wasn’t ticketed because it was obviously a weather-related accident. After a couple hour delay waiting for a taxi and getting a new rental car, he was back on his way home. He got home around 7:30 that night and I don’t think I was ever so glad to see and hug him!
He did go to the doctor the next day as a precaution and has minor whiplash in his neck and a sore spot on his upper chest from the seatbelt, but he has no other injuries and his spine is fine. Again God really protected him because everyone was amazed that he wasn’t hurt from such a major accident. He’s a little sore and I’ve been waiting for him to wake up in a lot of pain, but it’s now been 4 days and he’s still okay.
That was just so scary!
Everything else is pretty good. We went to church yesterday for the first time in a long time. It was just wonderful to be back and see friends and our church family again and introduce little Luke.
Today is our first “normal” day. Nate is back to work (although he is coming home early) and I did school with Nathan for the first time in 3 weeks. Thankfully, we worked hard this past fall and did extra lessons, so we aren’t behind at all. So far things are going pretty well.
I’m still sore so I do think my doctor is right in that it is taking me longer to recovery overall this 4th time around, but as long as I don’t overdo it, I’m doing pretty good.
Our family doctor told me last week that one of the state required PKU tests came back slightly elevated for Luke – the test for hypothyroidism. She said we would need to take him in for a repeat test. I asked her if this is something I should be concerned about and she said not at all, his result was just .20 above the normal level and it’s pretty common for newborns to come back slightly elevated, specially for “younger” babies like Luke. She reassured me that the only reason we had to do a repeat test was because it’s required by the state (seriously I hate that, it’s just not right that the state can tell us what to do with our kids’ health but that’s another topic) and she’s never seen a repeat result come back abnormal. So Luke should be fine, but I just hate that he has to have another heel prick. It’s the kind of test where they prick his heel and then squeeze it for several minutes while they try to fill 5 dots full of blood on the paper test. He ended up really screaming when the nurse did it in the hospital and I just hate that he has to go through it again. 🙁 Overall it’s not a big deal, but for my mama heart it’s hard to think about.
Here’s our amazing Dr Oteri with Luke at his 1 week checkup 2 weeks ago:
We were supposed to get the test done Wednesday when I have my OB post-partum visit (the lab is right there) but now it looks like we’re going to get another 1-2 feet of snow Wednesday, so we’ll have to reschedule.
Here’s a few pictures to close with:
Joshua playing hide and seek with my pantry curtain:
Snow! We have so much snow, some of the snowbanks in our yard are as tall as me! We have a good 2 feet and are supposed to get at least another foot Tues/Wed!
I am tired, but I am so happy. My family is complete – I have 4 beautiful healthy incredible children and the most amazing husband in the entire world. I am blessed beyond words.