Monday, March 25, 2013

The Monday Snapshot...

James has a pirate cubby house in his room that I like hiding in to surprise him. He gives me the biggest smile when he discovers me in there.

So Patrick and decided to hide in there and wait for James to find us. My snapshots are of Patrick hiding and the two boys when James discovered us!

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Monday Snapshot...

Toddlers - crazy one minute, even crazier the next. Jules at Two Tulips showed us some snapshots of her crazy, beautiful twins, Chicken and Ham. To have a look at Jules' post or read anything that is going on at PAIL either follow this link or click on the PAIL button on my sidebar.

Here is my beautiful, crazy toddler, hanging out in the backyard. And how do I know he's crazy, because James insists on wearing one shoe that is too small for him, while waving at airplanes in the sky.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

We're home...

And now it's hit me, we have two children to look after! I'm never going to sleep again!!!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Patrick's journey...

For my stay in hospital for the past two weeks, I've been keeping a journal of Patrick's progress since being born five weeks early. Patrick John, born Friday 22nd February 2013 at 16:46.

Initially on a drip, in humidity crib, with oxygen. Required prong oxygen during the night by nine am breathing on his own and in normal crib, holding own body temperature.

Mum had first cuddle in own room (couldn't move because of c-section at this stage) on Saturday morning. Also first skin to skin contact with Mum. Poppy, Nanna, Dad and James visit, everyone has a hold. Dad changes first nappy gets peed on! More skin to skin and Mum starts hand expressing with syringe. Initially getting 0.3ml, then 0.5ml and then 1ml on Saturday.

Another visit from Patrick into Mum's room on Sunday morning. Poppy visits before heading back home. Patrick tries boobfeeding latches on the left and sucks for a few minutes. Tries on right no success. Nappy change finally have poo coming through, Mum gets poo all over herself and Patrick. And Mum also gets peed on! Another attempt at breast feeding at midday no success on Sunday. Hand express 3.5ml! Dad and James come for a visit in the afternoon. Another attempt at breast feeding at 4pm told to come back at 5pm after heel prick test. Come back at 5pm no luck again with latching on. Patrick will open mouth but won't suck yet. Asked how sure I am on my dates, might be younger than 35+2 days. First try at breast pump (love the Medala!!!) get approx. 40ml. Patrick has 5ml then the rest is put into syringes and chilled. Another attempt at breast feeding at 9pm - success!!! Patrick feeds well from both sides, no pumping required! Has excellent attachment for small guy no pain for Mum. Just like riding a bike!

On Monday morning Patrick has another 5ml at 3am, doesn't wake up enough for feed so nurse doesn't wake Mum. Mum wakes at 4:15am and pumps another 35ml. Patrick will receive another 5ml at 6am and Mum can attempt more breast feeding at nine.

Dr R advises to only try breast feeding every third feed so Patrick isn't tiring out instead of sleeping and gaining weight. Mum is now pumping every three hours (and once overnight) gradually getting up to 50ml. Tube is inserted into Patrick's stomach so he can be tube feed. Looks terrible. Feeds are put up to 15ml every three hours.

Patrick is weighed at 9am Tuesday morning, has lost 230g since birth, not bad, less than 10% so happy about that. Feeds are increased to 25ml. Mum is now averaging 70ml pumping! Cannula removed this morning after weighing!!! No more IV, only lead left is the monitor and feeding tube. What a relief, the cords and tubes are awful.

Mum is discharged on Wednesday but is staying on as a Boarder Mum since she is main food source for Patrick. Medical insurance is picking up the bill thank goodness! Feeds are increased to 35ml. Patrick seems to be handling the increases well. Breast feeding is going well. Patrick can latch after a bit of work but only sucks for twenty minutes before getting tired. Hopefully this gets better soon. Ask Dr R about expressing and bottle feeding (maybe making going home a possibility sooner rather than later). Last option as far as he's concerned. May interfere with breast feeding in the future plus even more work for me if I have to express at home and then bottle feed. See how we go in a few days. Hoping to heading home early to mid next week. Fingers are crossed this is the case. First bath for Patrick! First time Patrick pulled his tube out. James and Patrick spent a bit of time together until James spied a biscuit!

Thursday is the first full day as a Boarder Mum. Feeds are increased to 45ml!! Pumping still going well, now averaging 100ml each three hours. Breast feeding going well as well, trying the football hold seems to be working and Patrick is still latching on after a bit of mucking around but will suck for twenty minutes before getting too tired. Dr R is happy with his progress. Patrick is weighed again but has lost another 24g, a bit disappointing until Dr R notes the cannula has been removed since last weigh in, so would be responsible for the majority of the weight loss. Patrick may have even gained a little weight. Weigh again in two days. Second time Patrick has pulled his tube out. The tube is taped all over. First day that James hasn't visited me. Mum's been staying with him so Dad could sleep at the hospital with Patrick and I. And James had woken up during the night with a temp and runny nose. Hopefully he's feeling better tomorrow so I can get a visit from my big boy.

Patrick is one week old! Patrick pulls his tube out again! James visits and has runny nose. Feeds continue on at 45ml. Dr R is away until Monday so Patrick is being checked by Dr Jenny. Dr Jenny is happy with Patrick's progress wants us to continue with the feeds at 45ml for now. Patrick will be weighed again tomorrow morning and Dr Jenny will check feed amount after weigh-in. First time in a week that I feel like we are getting no where. Still breast feeding every third feed and for around 20mins will a top up through the tube. Going to ask tomorrow if we can increase the breast feeding if Patrick's weight improves.

Patrick has gained 40g and grown a centimetre! Patrick is now 47cm long!!! Dad gave Patrick a bath this morning after we dropped Nanna off at the airport. Grandma and Grandad drove back to Tsv this morning are staying until Monday. Dad and James visit in the morning and another visit in the afternoon with Grandma and Grandad. Dr Jenny is happy with weight gain and growth. At this stage we aren't going to increase breast feeds unless Patrick becomes more alert. Which will happen more as he approaches his "full term" day, Wednesday. Dr Jenny admits that to go home we will have to top up after feeds with a bottle of expressed milk. Will bring this up again with Dr R once he is back next week. Not really the solution we are looking for but just looking at what we are going to do long term to get home. Feeling pretty lonely tonight since BJ can't stay the night with Nanna gone.

Feeds have increased to 48ml and we have breast fed four times today with 20-25ml top ups after each feed. Patrick becoming more alert for feeds.

Another weight gain of 90g!!! Dr R happy with the increase of breast feeds to four a day and Patrick has done well without a top up after a breast feed. Monitor has been taken off, finally! Now just the tube to go. Hopefully home by Friday. Plus with the monitor gone, Patrick can spend more time in my room!

Still going well with the alternate breast feed and tube feeds. Still expressing at the tube feeds and getting around 200ml. Have plenty in the freezer for emergencies or Mumma's night off. Weigh-in again tomorrow morning at 6am, going to be pushing for the tube to be removed and full on breast feeding. If that can happen, Friday should look good for Patrick to be discharged. Fingers crossed.

Another weight gain of 35g. Patrick pulled his tube out again. Met with Dr R, spoke about maybe bottle or tube feeding Patrick for a bit longer. I was happy with a bottle feed sometime during the day but would prefer if the tube was left out. Dr R agreed to leave the tube out and have suck feeds (either boob or bottle) for a day and see if Patrick gains weight. Fingers crossed!

Another weight gain of 25g overnight, good work Patrick!!! Dr R is impressed with the amount and asked if we want to leave today. Yes please. We say some good byes to the nurses that have joined us on our journey and have been a terrific source of knowledge and support through our stay. Fill out our paperwork and head off!!! Back to reality of life with a toddler and newborn.

The Monday Snapshot...

We are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I've started a post on what we have been going through for the past ten days (yes, Patrick is ten days old already!!!). But just until I'm ready to finalise it, this is a little snapshot of my two little guys. James is getting to know his little brother, with today giving him some open mouth kisses, such a sweetie!

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Twenty questions...

The challenge has been set by the lovely ladies at PAIL to answer twenty questions to get to know me better (to check out other great things going on at PAIL, click on the PAIL button on my sidebar). So here are my answers to the following twenty questions.

What was the last thing you threw in the garbage/recycling? Chocolate wrappers (mmmmmmm chocolate)

What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod? Would have to be the entire album of The Best of Fleetwood Mac. Can't get enough of the Mac!

What is your favorite quote? "Get busy living or get busy dying" from Shawshank Redemption. Great movie and great line.

What chore do you absolutely hate doing?Vacuuming hands down. I hate pulling the vacuum around, I hate that I have to move furniture to get underneath (which you have to do with a toddler because no matter how much you clean up after they've eaten they still manage to get food everywhere!) but I like how the house always looks cleaner even for ten minutes after I'm done :-)

What is your favorite form of exercise? Walking, which I haven't done much of lately but will get back into once I'm home. Need to lose this baby weight and get fitter so I can run around after two boys!

What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year? I like evenings whining down after a busy day and I actually like Mondays (as well as Fridays and Saturdays) and hate Wednesdays and Sundays. Weird! The time of year would have to be Autumn and Spring here in Queensland Australia. Not too cold, not too hot just perfect weather.

What is on your bedside table? A lamp, photograph of my brother and sister, a clock and my glasses if I'm not using them.

What is your favorite body part? I really like my lips and eyebrows, are they body parts?? My lips are full and pouty. And my eyebrows have a nice shape that have minimal upkeep.

Would you use the power of invisibility for good or evil? Elaborate. Depends. I would probably use it for good because that is what would be expected of me. But I couldn't stop myself from using it to steal cookies from the jar without anyone noticing or listening in on other people's conversation for a bit of gossip!

If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be? I really like being in my twenties. You're young enough that if you do something wrong you too young to know better. But old enough to also be considered mature and adult. Plus I had a lot of fun in my twenties and who wouldn't want to revisit good times of a misspent youth!

What is the first thing you would do if you won the lottery? BJ and I have discussed this topic again and again. We would love to buy a nice house big enough for our family and friends to gather at. We would give some money to our parents so they could retire early, maybe pay off our siblings mortgages (depending upon how much money we got), then give some to charity and put the rest into investments so we could live off the interest. Pretty boring which is why we will never win!!!

What is your biggest pet peeve? Bad drivers! They always get in front of you if you're running late or if you're kid is screaming! Hate it!

If you could know the answer to any question, what would it be? How to cure cancer. Such a huge thing at the moment for some of our family and friends that are going through treatment. It absolutely terrifies me that 50% of the population will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85! That's myself or my husband and one of our two kids. Scary stuff!

At what age did you become an adult? Probably when I became a parent. Though I like to think that I will never totally grow up and there will always be a part of me that enjoys doing all the kid stuff and being silly. But now I get to show the next generation and be silly with them!

Recommend a book, movie, or television show in three sentences or less. I love Monsters Inc! If you are looking for a silly movie that cracks you up every time Monsters Inc is one I recommend! Funny, funny, funny!!!

What did you do growing up that got you into trouble? I didn't get into trouble a lot as a kid but one thing that I always did was tease my little sister all the time. I don't tease her a lot anymore but have moved onto my niece instead!

What was the first album you bought with your own money? It was an Australian band called Grinspoon's debut album and my sister and I played it over and over again!

If someone wrote a book about you, what would be the title? "A pleasure to teach but talks too much". Which was the comment on every one of my school report cards!

What story do you wish your family would stop telling about you? The one when I talked my little sister into jumping out of a two story window! If she was silly enough to jump than why blame me :-) by the way my Nan has never forgiven me since it was her house and she was babysitting us at the time!

True or false: The unicorn is the greatest mythical creature. State your case. False the greatest mythical creature is the Loch Ness Monster. Hands down! Who's ever seen a photo of an Unicorn!