Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Day 2 - Passed any gas?

I can walk! OK, I wouldn't exactly call it walking. The nurse had to help me to the bathroom and then back to a chair, but I am mobile! I was able to wash my face, although I won't be able to take a shower for a while.

Never in my life have so many people asked me if I've passed gas. The first time I was asked, I thought the nurse was insinuating that I smelled. Apparently passing gas is a sign that I can go off the epidural and get up and move around. Also, they don't really need me to tell them, because it must be obvious one way or another.

While I was scuffling to the bathroom, Little Elvis was getting circumcized. This went well, but his bilirubin level was pretty high. Meaning he needs to eat more and go to the bathroom more.
We are still striking out on the whole breastfeeding thing and Little Elvis is getting really fussy. His whole body turns bright red and he screams and wails when we try to force him to eat.
His pediatrician came by during one of our attempts and offered her advice, which didn't work.
Finally, we called the nurse for help during one of our feedings and she helped us get him to latch on successfully! Being in the chair helped a lot. I'm not sure if it's because I'm still recovering, but I get so tired while feeding Little Elvis. I want to nap as soon as he's finished.

My pain still isn't awful, although I'm now on regular oral medications. And Bob has to do lots of the caring for right now, because of my lack of mobility.

He did go home to take a shower and feed the cats around 9 this evening and all hell broke loose. The baby finally went to the bathroom and cleaned lots of meconium out of his system. (Luckily for me, Bob had found the wet wipes.) Then he was ready for his dinner.

I was rushing around the room cleaning him, washing my hands and preparing to feed him, while at the end of my medicine cycle. I was exhausted and in quite a bit of pain when Bob got back. But the baby did feed for about half an hour. I think Bob was upset that he missed all the excitement.

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