Thursday, August 7, 2008

Where Is the Roundup?

Remember how I said the yellow brick road is a tad weed filled? Well, it seems Miss Peaches doesn't want to leave her brother just yet. As soon as I broadcast that she might be coming home, she promptly had several spells of bradycardia. So we are back to waiting. Most preemies need to have several days with no spells before the doctors will release them. Otherwise she is doing well and gaining weight -- she's over 5 lbs 8 oz now. We've even had some occasional success with breast feeding, but she is still not strong enough to exclusively nurse just yet.

Mr. Plum continues to need some oxygen support, but he is catching up to his sister at over 5 lbs 5oz. No word yet on the medical transport issue.

Of course now I have my own particular weeds to deal with. It would seem my milk supply has decided to suddenly plummet for no particular reason. I may have had a super mild cold that set things off, but this week my supply has simply cut itself in half. I'm trying to rest and started taking Fenugreek. Every time I express surprise at this new problem all the nurses and the lactation consultant say -- "uh, hello, could it be stress?" But I really don't feel all that stressed ... honest! My only responsibility right now is the babies. My friends whose house I'm staying at are out of town so I have the place to myself. I can come and go whenever I want. What is there to stress about? Maybe it's just left overs. Anyway, if my supply doesn't pick up by Monday, the consultant recommends trying Metaclop.rimide. Hopefully we won't need to go there.

I'm reading as many of you as I can, but can't comment too often. And a few of my favorites aren't in my reader and are bookmarked on the computer in Cali, so I'm missing you guys! Congrats to all those who have welcomed new family this summer and safe travels to all those yet to arrive.

9 comments:

Kate said...

Thanks for the update and I'm so glad to hear that they are doing so well!

Lori said...

Sending you a case of Weed B Gone.

Cyber hug, Amy.

Magpie said...

Hmm - I had supply issues and was helped by an amazing doctor - Mona Gabbay - the breastfeeding angel. She put me on domperidone, which helped.

Good luck on that front, and continued growing wishes to the fruits.

stickybun07 said...

Great to hear from you! I'm sorry to hear about all of the curve balls, but very glad to hear your little ones are growing, and I hope they get to come home with you very soon!

And, for what it's worth, it really sounds like you're handling everything astonishingly well. You're very strong, my friend, and I wish you and your little ones all the best!

Aurelia said...

No worries, we're here for now and when you cna get back to us, do.

Any chance of a picture of the two?

Lori said...

Hi again, Amy.

Make sure you see Mel's post:
http://stirrup-queens.blogspot.com/2008/08/blew-my-mind.html

Geohde said...

Finally getting back to online reading myself. Your two don't sound all that far away from going home, and as for the supply issues....Lactational Dunce here. I was a lost case,

J

Rebecca said...

There is a tea called "Mother's Milk" that a friend of mine swears by...I've also heard beer...good luck with all of that. It's great to hear that things are still moving forward...you're doing a great job!

Ms. Planner said...

Thanks so much for the update! I've been wondering how you have been doing and what you and the delicious fruit babies have been up to.

I have no help re: milk supply but do take note of when Missy seems fussy nursing - like she may not be getting enough. On those days, I make a concerted effort to tune everything out but her. I focus on her and myself: lots of cuddles for Missy and water for myself. I have no proof but it seems to help.

Thinking of you...