Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A Baby M update

She's so cute, you guys. SO CUTE. I can't believe I made a human that's this freaking adorable.

She is still in the hospital but no longer in intensive care - she's in the transition unit, the last stop before she goes home. We've got another month or two before that happens, but she's doing quite well. She has more than tripled her birth weight and is just starting to take her meals by mouth instead of feeding tube. We've had a pretty smooth path, with no surgeries or major issues.

I went back to work at the beginning of the month, which explains my radio silence. It has been bittersweet to be back - it's nice to feel smart and capable and useful again, and honestly it's nice to be distracted during the period of Baby's life that simply requires patience. But it's really hard not being at her bedside all day long, especially now that she is more interesting and interactive than she was at first. My schedule is pretty demanding right now - I spend a full day at work, then five to six hours at the hospital every weekday, and eight or so hours each weekend day. I don't do much else - laundry when it absolutely needs it. No grocery shopping (thank you, Ronald McDonald House!) or other errands. We have made a point to spend time with friends and family every other week or so, to stay connected with people and give ourselves a break. And I go to yoga a few times a month to maintain my sanity (and it's helping with my recovery as well).

I am still pumping breast milk every three hours around the clock. I made a decision about selling or donating breast milk - I have made donations of several hundred ounces to four different moms (a total of six babies) and I will make an official donation to the Human Milk Bank later this month.

The NICU experience is a really crazy one. I haven't been writing too much about it over here, because I don't know if anyone is interested in that since it's not related to money at all. But I can absolutely talk more about it if people want to know what it's like.


10 comments:

  1. Would love to hear more about your baby! It must have been a tough thing to deal with! I hope all is well

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  2. I'm so happy to hear that baby M is doing well! That is truly fantastic news. I think that it would be interesting to hear more about the NICU experience, as well.

    Also, I'm happy to hear you've donated your milk! It is a very rewarding thing to do. :)

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  3. Glad to hear the little one is doing so well! I love baby talk of any kind so feel free to blog away about her and all of your experiences!

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  4. I want to hear about the NICU for sure - I'd love knowing how it works so if a friend ever faces a similar situation, I feel like i have a tiny bit of information to draw from.

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  5. So happy to hear Baby M is doing well. Thinking of your family!

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  6. Would love to hear more about your baby and NICU experience as well.

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  7. I'm very glad that she's doing so well, and I'd be quite happy to hear any of your experiences.

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  8. Would love to hear more about Baby M and your NICU experience!

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  9. I'm so happy to hear about Baby M! I've been reading through your archives, wanting to catch up and read the full story before leaving a comment. What a time you, Peanut, and Baby M have had! From discovering you were pregnant after months of thinking you needed help to conceive, then delivering a preemie, and spending the first months of her life with her in the NICU! What an overwhelming experience! I'm just so glad Baby M is healthy and will be home with you in a month or two.

    I thought your post about learning to accept help was excellently written and relatable. And I would love to hear anything you'd like to share about the NICU experience. I think it could be very helpful for others who either are experiencing the same thing or will in the future. Plus, I just like hearing about your life, from a money angle or not! I'm keeping you, Peanut, and Baby M in my thoughts! <3

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