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Ruffing Update...

Everything is so crazy, I don't think my brain has had a chance to digest it all. I am pleased to report that Joey's bilirubin levels have dropped enough that they're stopping photo therapy and that when I left the hospital this afternoon, they were starting to wean him off the isolette. They have to gradually reduce the temperature to see if he can maintain body temperature in an open crib. Hopefully, if he does well overnight we may be able to bring him home by Monday.

He's a really sweet baby and sooooo tiny. His weight this morning was 4 pounds, 15 ounces. They're also hoping he'll gain 6 ounces and be back up to his birth weight soon.

I am a little concerned because Andy has a runny nose and a cough. I can just see having to quarantine the baby in my bedroom to keep him away from Andy.

Poor Andy is so confused by my running around. Everytime he sees me he runs over with a big hug and doesn't want to let go. As things settle down I'll have time to write about my dramatic delivery and all the trauma poor Joey has had to go through during his first week.

In the meantime, pictures

  

 

  

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garden_blog
Feb. 18th, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC)
ooooooooooooh he is gorgeous!!!!!!! and man, does that look and sound like a familiar scene. {{{{hugs}}}} and give that tiny baby a hug from me too.
purplejuli
Feb. 19th, 2006 03:43 am (UTC)
Thanks, Nancy! It's funny, I found a newborn picture of Andy this afternoon and they look so much alike.

It was so long before I was allowed to hold him that when I do hold him now, they have to pry him out of my arms to put him back in the isolette.
lynnh
Feb. 18th, 2006 10:36 pm (UTC)
He is a beautiful baby!
purplejuli
Feb. 19th, 2006 03:46 am (UTC)
Thanks! Have you posted pictures that I've missed???
lynnh
Feb. 19th, 2006 04:20 am (UTC)
I'm working on it! I did have the password to my photobucket account for a/ birth pictures. After this weekend I'll post a ton - Aaron's bday party, etc.
cjones15
Feb. 18th, 2006 10:48 pm (UTC)
Joey is adorable!! Hope he is able to come home soon and join the family.
purplejuli
Feb. 19th, 2006 03:46 am (UTC)
Thank you! I think so too, but I may be biased! ;)

How are you feeling?
alicia_c
Feb. 19th, 2006 12:30 am (UTC)
he's so darling!! and the pic of you with Andy at the end is precious- you look very relaxed! congratulations on Joey's birth, I'll keep my fingers crossed he's home by Monday! take care!
purplejuli
Feb. 19th, 2006 03:47 am (UTC)
Thanks, Alicia! We're trying so hard not to let Andy feel left out by all that's going on with Joey. I don't know how much he really understands. I suppose we'll see when we get to bring Joey home.
momama
Feb. 19th, 2006 01:11 am (UTC)
Oh! I'm sooo sorry, I missed this news earlier!! Congrats and welcome to Joey!

I'll be keeping him in my thoughts that he'll be home with you real soon!

He is absolutely *adorable*!! Congrats, congrats, congrats!
purplejuli
Feb. 19th, 2006 03:48 am (UTC)
Aww thanks!

I'm not sure when Steve posted the news. I think it was actually a couple days after the birth but it's so easy to miss something if your friends list is long. I had to get off the cloth diapering community because I was getting all these diaper posts and missing updates from my actual friends!
cjci
Feb. 19th, 2006 01:59 am (UTC)
Oh Juli, he is just precious. My fingers are crossed that he will be home very soon.
purplejuli
Feb. 19th, 2006 03:50 am (UTC)
Thanks Christa! The waiting is making us crazy but it's allowed us to spend the weekend making all the preparations we thought we had a month to do-- like intensive cleaning, getting the clothes together, getting the bassinet ready, etc.
sweetjezebel
Feb. 19th, 2006 02:11 am (UTC)
He's so adorable Jules! I'm so happy you had a chance to post. I was getting concerned. I hope Joey is able to come home soon. How are YOU doing and feeling?
purplejuli
Feb. 19th, 2006 03:52 am (UTC)
I haven't had a chance to think about myself, really. The nurses at the hospital were amazed at how up and around I was after a c-section. I had to take care of and be with my new baby! I haven't really taken a lot of the pain meds they gave me. I've only taken it when I really need it. Like tonight I've been really crampy and sore. So, I took the meds and sent Steve to the hospital for the 10 pm feeding and with tonight's stock of breast milk. I'm trying to relax a little, something I haven't given myself much time to do since last Sunday.
irishope
Feb. 19th, 2006 10:45 pm (UTC)
He is absolutely precious!!!
redqueenmeg
Feb. 20th, 2006 12:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, he's so cute!

And somehow, he looks happy!
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