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Friday, March 7, 2008

Weight Scare

Hey everyone! Just wanted to update you on our little monkey! I just can't believe how much I love her still! The dogs are adjusting even though they miss the attention they used to get. They are very curious about her and seem to accept her already.

Last Saturday, we had a little scare. I had noticed that she wasn't going very often and I had waited about 4 hrs to change her diaper and it was still dry. Plus she was very fussy when she was awake and was always hungry. I imagined this was all because I am nursing and my milk hadn't come in yet, but I just wasn't so sure. I had my friend, Marci over with with her husband and her 2 boys for dinner. I asked her what she thought. She didn't think it was too much to worry about, but called my pediatricians office for me, just to be on the safe side. Since it was late, they weren't there, but there was an on call doctor. We decided to call my sister, who is a nurse at the E.R. at the new IMC hospital in Murray. She said she would talk to a nurse and call back. Once she called back she said the nurse told her if it had been about 4 hours and she hadn't at least peed, then it might be something serious. She told her to look for tears when she cried.

Now I was worried. We took her temperature and it was a little high, but nothing to rush her to the hospital for. I finished nursing her. My sister called back and said she had spoken with a doctor that said it was more like if she hadn't gone in 6 hrs instead of 4, then to be worried. It had been about an hour since I checked her diaper last and when I checked it again, she had gone. Thank God! I went to bed feeling better about the situation. I was still concerned though about how she was eating though. The next morning my mom said that she was still worried and I agreed. I called the on call pediatrition and explained the situation and she said to be safe and bring her into the kids care clinic that morning. In the mean time, my milk had finally come in. Thong and I took her to the doctor. They weighed her and she had lost a whole pound from when she was born. On the day we took her home, she weighed 6 lbs 7 oz. And now she was down to 5 lbs 13 oz. Now I was scared all over again. The doctor told me to make sure to feed her whenever she was hungry and to not let it be more than 5 hrs from the last feeding. I had an appointment the next day with the normal pediatrician and she wanted me to keep it to have her weight checked again. They also took her blood that day to check on jaundice. She said she would call me with the results later that day. We went home feeling anxious but felt that Peyton would be okay. She called a few hrs later and said everything looked fine. On Monday, I took her in with my mom. She was weighed again and now weighed 5 lbs 15 oz. She gained 2 whole oz! I was so glad. The doctor said though they had to check her jaundice level again and check her electrolytes as well. She said she would call later with the jaundice but could let me know the results of the electrolytes before we left. She said that if they were low though that she would have to spend the night at Primary Childrens. Of course I started to cry and called Thong to tell him about it. I told him I would call back and let him know what the doctor said. About 10 minutes later the doctor came back and said her electrolytes were fine she she was okay to go home for the day. She said though to supplement after every feeding with formula. She also said to feed her every 3 hrs since we were trying to get her weight up. She had said that if she hadn't gained at least an oz. by the next day, then she would have to go to Primary Childrens for sure.

I called Thong and told him about it. When I got home, I made sure to feed her just like I was told and paid attention to how many times I was having to change her diapers. I worried all day and all night long and then took her in the next day for just a weigh in. I just kept thinking, please weigh more, please weigh more!!! Well sure enough she did! She weighed 6 lbs 5 oz!!! Can you believe that in just one day! The doctor told me to stop giving her the formula after ever feeding and to come in next week for the 2 week appointment. I was so relieved! What a scare! Now, for the most part, Peyton seems pretty content. I have started giving her a bottle a day though because she didn't seem to be getting full from breast milk. Wednesday was the hardest day since it was my first day on my own. My mom left on Tuesday night. Peyton misses her!!! She was fussy that day and night and I couldn't get her to settle down enough to go to sleep. Finally I gave her a bottle that she had no problem taking and she was fine. She fell asleep shortly after. That started the bottle a day, and it seems to be helping her. I will talk to the pediatrician on Tuesday about it and see what she says to do.