Wednesday, June 24, 2009

I need a nap.

Today was a very busy day. This morning Alexis had an appointment with the cardiologist. It was strange driving back to St. Vincent since I haven't been back there in a week and a half. She weighed in at 7 lbs, 5 1/2 oz, which was only half an ounce more than she weighed on Thursday. But Dr. K said he was very impressed with her weight gain since discharging from the NICU. They did an EKG and the doc was pleased with her breathing. He reported that she looked "very good" which I clarified as meaning she was stable and hadn't gotten worse since her hospital discharge. We return for another check-up in 5 weeks and Dr. K estimates that her surgery will take place at the end of August or beginning of September. On the average, a baby with this surgery requires a 7-10 day hospital stay. (Can't help but recall that we were also told that a hospital stay for duodenal atresia was only 3-4 weeks and Alexis was there over twice that long).

About 3 hours and 2 poops later (for Alexis, not me!), Alexis weighed in at the pediatricians office at 7 lbs, 3 oz. No worries by the doctor though. It was a different scale, different time of day. Thank goodness we'd had a good weight that morning or I would have been worried. The pediatrician also thought Lexi looked great and we will return for a weight check and another immunization in another week.

From there, Alexis and I drove to Elkhart. We had to make a nursing/diaper change pitstop in the McDonald's parking lot. I was pleased to nurse successfully without flashing a single person. Mom has to be at the hospital tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. for her surgery. She's expected to be in the hospital for 1-2 nights.

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