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I'm a SAHM...

My friend, Ann, from my moms group, came to our rescue yesterday morning! She was here at 9 am and sat with Andy and Rachel while Steve and I sat at the hospital for three hours waiting for them to discharge Joey.

They were supposed to have circumcised him, taken his photo, done his hearing test and given him his discharge exam during rounds between 7 and 9 am; however, two new babies were admitted to the Special Care nursery who the nurses described as "high maintenance." So I can't really complain that they kept us waiting because if it were my baby in distress, I'd want them to tend to him first too. We were just worried because we knew Ann's dad was being discharged from a different hospital later in the day and we didn't know how long she could stay. About half an hour before we got home my mother and aunt arrived at our house and Ann was able to leave.

I was talking to the nurses in the SCU they said that they're woefully understaffed in their nursery. While Joey was there, there were up to 9 other babies- all requiring 24-hour-a-day monitoring and care. There are always two nurses in the room but it always seemed like there were never enough. I asked if they were planning to staff up and the nurses said no, because insurance companies won't pay for the extra care babies like Joey need. It made me so upset (granted it doesn't take much these days- blasted hormones!) and the nurses encouraged me to write to my senator about it.

So we're at home and trying to adjust. Andy is being really difficult. I am not sure if it's the cold or the baby or a combination of the two. He was looking in at the baby in his bassinet earlier today with this look of amusement and confusion. I have to figure out how to juggle the different needs of both kids-- you moms who have been in my shoes, throw some advice my way!

I have a mountain of 0-3 month clothes for Joey and they're huge on him. His preemie diapers are huge on him! He weighed 5 lbs, 1 ounce yesterday morning and still has a little bit of jaundice. They encouraged me to give him formula for 24 hours and to let him be in a little sunlight to help clear it up. How funny is it that 8 days in the hospital he had nothing but breastmilk and he came home to get formula! I gave him Good Start for 5 feedings and we're back to nursing. He doesn't look as yellow to me today but the whites of his eyes are still a little off.

So, my first day as a SAHM is almost over. I'm tired and frustrated. Andy is in the living room with his speech therapist-- coughing and not cooperating with her. He's got to be so confused. Poor little guy. Joey is on the bed behind me, sleeping. I can't wait for Steve to get home.



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Feb. 21st, 2006 08:59 pm (UTC)
It can be nuts @ times and I always try and get out because both M and I go crazy staying in more than 1 day. It's rare that we're home 2 days straight. Also his time of year makes it tough since we really can't go for walks or do much outdoors so we go shopping a lot. she loves to walk the malls and mommy loves to shop. It's easy now since S will pretty much sleep anywhere. That will soon change once she' out of the bucket seat which is going to royaly suck.

Any ?'s, let me know. Other than that, our days are kinda unpredictable. I go food shopping when ever I feel like it. I just like to be home for M's nap between noon and 1 otherwise if she doesn't sleep she's a witch.

HTH's some. Feel free to post ?'s. :D
Feb. 22nd, 2006 02:17 pm (UTC)
I want to try to keep Andy on his day care schedule somewhat so we wake up and I immediately dress and feed him. Then Joey needs to be fed and changed. It's the middle part of the day that seems to get me. I don't really want to take Joey out in public until we hit the time when he was supposed to be born. That may seem silly but I'm just so paranoid about him getting sick. I don't have money to shop either-- I just can't wait for the warmer weather when we can go to the park and stuff.
Feb. 22nd, 2006 01:33 am (UTC)
i'm so thrilled Joey made it home!! i'll start the chant: more pics! more pics! more pics :)
Feb. 22nd, 2006 02:17 pm (UTC)
I'll try to get more uploaded to Photobucket during Andy nap time.
Feb. 22nd, 2006 02:54 am (UTC)
I'm glad Joey was able to come home!!! Sorry, I have no good advice. I had 6 1/2 years between Kaylea and Lauryn and Kaylea was the best helper. I'm actually scared to death this time. I've never had 2 little ones to deal with before. I will be coming to you for advice!
Feb. 22nd, 2006 02:18 pm (UTC)
Maybe by the time you have the baby, I'll have some advice to give! Right now I'm floundering!
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