Monday, October 13, 2008

They call her Mellow Yellow

Em's levels went back down to an acceptable level, so we got to bring her home last night! We'll see how her levels are tomorrow when we go to the pediatrician. She's been ravenous, and I've been more than happy to give her as much as she wants to hopefully continue to flush the bilirubin out.

Thanks, everyone, for your well wishes and comments, not only about the jaundice thing but your overall comments, congrats and excitement for Em's arrival! It's quite fun to have an extensive blogosphere network of real and virtual friends excited on our behalf.

Things are going well. Breastfeeding has been fine, although there have been a few issues I was having problem resolving so today I met with a lactation consultant at The Pump Station. (Yup, that's what it's called and it's alllll about breastfeeding.) I met with a consultant a couple times in the hospital, but my technique needed some fine tuning once I got home and was on my own. Today's consultant was awesome. She addressed all my questions, and all subsequent feedings have been great!

She also explained that Em, born at 38 weeks, is considered a near-term baby, who apparently are notorious for being sleepy and slow eaters (some of the reasons that caused me to seek out a lactation consultant). They're also at-risk for jaundice. She said that Em will catch up to where she should be by four weeks old. In the meantime, we'll just keep powering through with the feedings and watch her jaundice levels.

Anyhow, Brent goes back to work tomorrow. My mom is coming back to help out Wednesday. She was here for a couple days after Em's arrival, cooking up Filipino feast after Filipino feast -- just what this new mom ordered!

"Hey, look at me, I'm a baby! I’m one of those babies from 'Look Who’s Talking.' What am I thinking? (Laughs) Look at all those staplers! What's a stapler? — I don't even know, I'm a baby! Hey, Mom, I'm thirsty! I'm thirsty, Mama! I want some milk. And you know where milk comes from! Breasts." - Michael, The Office

27 comments:

  1. congrats nans, so mofo-ing happy for you!!!! Em is a strong strong girl.

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  2. I am so glad that she is doing better!! yay for mom's and their food! (both you and your mom!)

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  3. Yay, glad to hear Em is doing better. And yay for grandma's help :)

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  4. good filipino food, that's what em needs. and she's getting it, eventually ;)

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  5. SO happy to hear little Em is doing well!

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  6. Awww I'm so glad she is doing better and your mom will be there soon to help and cook some feasts up for you guys! I just caught up, so I owe you a congratulations!

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  7. Glad she's doing better! And thats great your mom will be around to help when Brent goes back to work. Home cooked meals are a super duper plus

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  8. glad to hear that she's doing well now. :) YAYYYYY! congrats again.

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  9. Glad to hear you got to bring Em back home. So happy for you and Brent; thanks for sharing your lives with us through the blog.

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  10. congrats again! So glad to hear that things are going well.

    - Mishas_Girl (OC Nestie)

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  11. Yay for Em being home.

    The Pump Station is a hilarious name!

    You're lucky to have your mom being able to help out. I don't know what I would have done without my mom's help when I was a new mom myself.

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  12. I'm so glad to hear that Baby Em is back at home and doing fine. Congrats, by the way! I never really got to write a congratulatory comment to your hubby's tear jerking blog.

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  13. aw glad to hear everything is going well with baby em :)

    i bet you and brent are the best parents eva.

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  14. Happy Em is doing well and eating heartily!

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  15. Yeah for Em! Glad the breastfeeding is going well and the jaundice is going away. :) Such a crazy time, eh? You're doing awesome!!

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  16. Aw: Congrats! I'm so glad she's doing alright, and am so happy for all of you!

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  17. So happy to hear that all is going well with Em! Hope today went well with Brent back at work! xoxo!

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  18. i'm glad you were able to get the breastfeeding stuff worked out and that little em is doing well. :)

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  19. congrats on your baby girl! My girls had jaundice for quite some time (they were preemies) but are beautiful, large butterballs now!
    Welcome to the world of mothering a daughter- there are many dresses and fighting in the future!

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  20. relief to hear that she is home =)

    Raffy had a bit of jaundice as well, but it was not a caused for concern, doc said when my milk comes in she should start getting better with each feeding and bowel movement and he was right!

    aren't you just so amazed at Em? each day they change so much, but it's great

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  21. Congratulations and glad your baby's doing well!

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  22. I'm glad Em's home. I'm a near-term 40 something baby which explains my tiredness all the time :)

    BTW, please send your mom to my house when she's done visiting yours - to help cook and clear up my condition and all :)

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  23. Welcome Home!! And that breastmilk is liquid gold...it will work wonders in no time!

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  24. Yay, she's home! I have been thinking about you guys :)

    That's wonderful that your mom is going to be there to help you. It's hard to do things wholly alone at first.

    And the pump station! We haven't been yet but it's on my list for an upcoming outing. Thank god Maya's a good BFer, but I want to look at some nicer BFing bras and nursing covers.

    Sending Em a big kiss! I hope the jaundice stays under control :)

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  25. Yay for Em and her strength! And as great as you get at feeding, let's pray you never get into the breast milk White Russian trend popularized on the OC Baby boards... :)

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  26. Sooo late on this, but CONGRATS!!!! Welcome to this beautiful world Em! :)

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  27. I'm so glad Em's levels came down! LG was also born at 38 weeks...with a vaccum...had jaundice..and we also had breastfeeding issues. Everything worked out just fine in the end, as I'm sure it will for you guys.

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