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Why I am exhausted

Joey is very high maintenance at the moment. I already adore him more than words, but the little guy is tiring me out.

He has to be bottle fed a mixture of breast milk and formula every two hours to try to get some fat on his scrawny little body. The formula is to help get rid of his jaundice and the breast milk is for antibodies. The pediatrician told me it had to be by bottle because nursing just takes more energy out of him than he should expend so when he finishes his bottles I have to run to my pump and express more milk before it runs down my shirt. I am *so* tired-- way more than I ever was with Andy.

And then there's Andy, who is really jealous of the baby, so I'm trying to give him as much mommy time as I can.

This is fulfilling but hard.

I'll quote a friend who quoted a coffee mug to me today:
"I'm a mommy. God grant me the patience to endure my blessings."

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marisa724
Feb. 24th, 2006 03:59 am (UTC)
Hey there! I was just talking to my mom about you yesterday (letting her know Joey was here already -- of course she's been interested in Juli updates all along!)

Did they really tell you to give formula for jaundice? I can see if they wanted to get more calories in him but... bilirubin leaves the body through bowel movements, and formula can slow the bowels down.

Anyway... I'll be thinking of you. Do be sure to give a call if you think of anything I can do for ya. :-)
purplejuli
Feb. 24th, 2006 02:47 pm (UTC)
That's so cool that you were talking to your mom about me. I was thinking about calling her to ask about this directive from the pedi about the breastmilk/formula combo and also about feeding him every two hours. It takes him almost an hour to finish 2 oz. and it seems like I'm constantly feeding him. (And when I'm not feeding him, I'm attached to the PIS!) It seems a little excessive considering they were feeding him every three hours in the NICU.

What you said about the formula makes sense too-- I remember reading somewhere that formula can cause constipation. Or was it breastmilk? Isn't it common for BM fed babies to go awhile without pooping?

I thought I left all this confusion behind me-- after all, I'm an experienced mommy. I guess preemies change everything!

We definitely have to reschedule my cloth diaper training. :) Joey is wearing preemie sposies right now and they're HUGE on him. Poor thing has a little while before he properly fits in any diaper, I think. I tried my CPFs and prowrap covers on him and the tabs fit around his little back.
sweetjezebel
Feb. 24th, 2006 08:24 am (UTC)
Don't push yourself too hard girl! You still need to heal! Has Steve been able to take off time from work? How much time off do you have? (Hopefully all of these questions haven't been asked or told since I haven't been on in days)

(((HUGS)))
purplejuli
Feb. 24th, 2006 02:58 pm (UTC)
Healing, schmealing-- I have mommying to do. It's funny, on one hand the OB who delivered Joey told me I wasn't allowed to drive for 2 weeks after he was born. Then the nurses in the NICU told me that unless I wanted him on formula I had to provide EBM for them to give Joey while he was there after I was discharged. Andy wasn't allowed in the NICU. So I had no choice but to drive the milk to the hospital and leave Steve at home with Andy!

Major abdominal surgery be damned!

I'm really fine. Aside from Andy kicking me in my incision the other day, I have no pain, inflammation or redness. I'm just tired, but that's not from the surgery, that's from keeping up with these two!

Steve had a week off from work. When we were planning on a Friday sceduled C-section, that worked out great because he'd have a few days at home with me and the kids before going back to work. Going in to labor on a Sunday night and then being in the hospital for 4 days ate up all of his week off. Luckily he had a bonus Monday off for President's Day and Joey came home that day. Come this past Tuesday he had to go back to work and I had to face the kids all on my own. But I'm a tough cookie!

I have all the time off in the world-- from working for a paycheck that is. The company I was working for told me they couldn't hold my job open for me while I was on maternity leave.
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