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Our Baby Is a Week Old

September 3, 2008

First of all, we want to thank all of you for your well wishes. We have loved all the phone calls, emails, and comments. I wish we had the time, strength, and energy to reply to each of you personally. Since that day may be in the far-off distant future, please accept our deepest thanks via the blog:

 

Thank You!

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Here are some highlights of Ainsley’s first week of life OTW (outside the womb). Be warned: This is a doozie of a post.

 

Meeting the Family

Grandpa Ron & Grandma Dana

(Current grandparental names of choice: “Pa” and “Grandma Mommo”)

 

 

Grampa Rick & Gramma GG

(Current grandparental names of choice: “Pop Pop” and “Gramma GG”)

 

 

Aunt Katie

(I don’t have a picture of Ainsley and Uncle Ben in my files.)

 

 

Auntie Gracie

(Uncle Bennett was stuck at home with a cold. 😦 Hurry up and get better, Boomy! Ainsley wants to meet you.)

 

 

She’s Baaaaack!

Ainsley came home with us on Friday. After a rough night of almost no sleep and very little successful feeding, Saturday brought us a baby with a yellow face, chest, arms, and eyes. So… we don’t know a lot about babies, but we knew it was jaundice. What do you do with a jaundiced baby on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend? You go to the ER. (Ugh.)

 

After a 4 hour visit to the ER, we were told that Ainsley’s bilirubin was 17.1 (too high!) and would need to be readmitted. We walked through the hospital to the “Special Care Unit” of the Maternity Care Center. Once we got through the doors, the sign read “NICU” (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). Here’s what happened in my head: “Umm… I didn’t realize she’d be staying in the NICU. NICU is for sick babies. I don’t want to be in the NICU; I don’t want Ainsley to be in the NICU. Can’t we just fix her somewhere else?” These fears increased when we were told that she would have to stay 1-2 nights.

 

Thankfully, our incredibly kind nurse, Kris, calmed my fears and talked us through everything.  Ainsley had her own room with a phototherapy isolet (is that the right word?) and a fold-out chair/bed. Scott ended up staying the night in her room while I slept at home. The nurses helped me with breastfeeding when I was there and supplemented her with bottles when I was home.

 

We had high hopes that we could go home with her on Sunday since her levels were dropping quickly thanks to aggressive treatment (lights on the side, lights on top, and a light blanket underneath her back). But a visit from the pediatrician Dr. Bye brought us some disappointing news: We want her to stay another night. I could have cried right there. There wasn’t enough room for Scott and me to stay the night in that NICU room. I didn’t want to be in the hospital anymore. We had been there four nights already since Tuesday; only one night at home with our girl.

 

Then the good news: They were going to find a labor and delivery room for us to stay in and bring Ainsley to us throughout the night for feedings. Hooray! We had lots of snacks and a visit from Gramma GG and Grampa RIck, and Sunday night was a much better night for all three of us. And on Monday morning, Ainsley’s bilirubin was down to 8.5 — all better! We were home by 2:30 on Labor Day. And the house was full of meals thanks to all the Grands: meatloaf and hotdish from the Grand Ginn’s and chili from Grand Freitag’s.

 

Ainsley’s isolet with phototherapy lights. She loved all the warmth… she slept and slept and slept. Mostly with her arms over her head and her legs stretched out with toes curled.

 

 

Workin’ the fashion-forward foam goggles.

 

 

Second Homecoming

 

 

So happy to be home!

 

 

 

Meeting Winks the Elephant

 

 

Pins and Needles

Ainsley is no stranger to needles. Yesterday (Tuesday) we had a home care visit from a pediatric nurse who checked Ainsley’s vitals and drew blood for her bilirubin (probably the 20th time she’s had blood drawn). All is well. She’s gained 3 ounces (7 lbs, 9 oz), and her bilirubin was still a normal 8.8. Ainsley, as is typical for most daylight hours, slept through the majority of the appointment. We have a visit to the pediatrician’s office tomorrow at 2:00. I can’t believe we’re taking our baby to her first doctor’s appointment. How exciting!

 

 

One of the Many Lessons We’ve Learned

Unfortunately, Grandpa Ron had to learn this one for us.

 

We are cloth-diaperers. They are beautiful and soft and healthy and environmentally friendly and we love them. Ainsley loves them, too. I think Grandpa Ron will love them, too, now that we are using them with covers. Teehee.

 

41 Weeks

Mom and Gizmo on Tuesday, August 26, 2008

(This is the best shot I have of my hair cut. Let’s face it: My hair isn’t going to be “fixed” for a while now.)

 

 

42 Weeks/1 week old

Ainsley Ruth on Wednesday, September 3, 2008

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. Jen Wallis permalink
    September 3, 2008 10:32 pm

    CUTE!!!!

  2. September 4, 2008 8:34 am

    I’m sorry for your scare… thank you for the update!

    Everyone looks soooo proud and hAppY!

    Is that a smile on Ainsley face??… or gas? If that’s a smile, I’m shocked! Babies don’t smile at a week old… or, only smart ones?

    The pictures are fun. She is adorable!!!!

    XXXX for Ainsley’s lil’ cheeks!!!
    OOOO for you and Scott!!

  3. JessicainFlorida permalink
    September 4, 2008 10:01 am

    Ainsley is gorgeous and looks no worse for her terrible, awful, no good, very bad day(s) battling the evil jaundice. She is clearly a tough girl and full of spunk. I hope her time in the tanning bed will not turn her into a crazy tanner like…ahem…some of our old friends. 🙂

    I’m so glad you had a few minutes to post an update. After talking to you, I had this mental image of Pop Pop hitting “refresh” on his computer over and over saying, “Pictures! I need pictures!”

    You guys are doing a great job and I am proud of you. All my love to Ainsley and her wonderful parents –

    Auntie Jessica

  4. JessicainFlorida permalink
    September 4, 2008 10:01 am

    PS – Mom looks H-O-Double T with her new haircut.

  5. Molly permalink
    September 4, 2008 10:38 am

    Ainsley is adorable!
    I can’t wait to come and meet her myself. Let me know when you want some food :). My boys have been sick this week, but next week sounds great to me 🙂 !!

    Logan also had jaundice and had to spend 2 nights on a special bili-bed (or UV light bed). Luckily we got to do it all at home with a home care nurse coming out everday. It’s kind of scary, but it goes by so fast. Glad to hear she’s doing better.

    Keep the pictures coming…I love them!

    Molly

  6. Aunt Katie permalink
    September 4, 2008 2:41 pm

    She is so beautiful. It has been such a blessing to share all of this with you. I can’t believe my little brother is all grown up and has a daughter of his own!!!!

    I love all three of you.

    If you need anything just let us know.

    Katie

  7. Ashley Spessard permalink
    September 4, 2008 4:44 pm

    Oh, my goodness, she’s so photogenic already!

    Thankfully her time in the NICU was short–our family knows all too well how scary, sad, and frustrating those times can be. I’m glad she’s doing so well now!

    Love!

  8. Grampa Rick & Gramma GG permalink
    September 4, 2008 7:07 pm

    SHE IS SUCH A DOLLYYYYYY!

    I laugh and cry when I look (compulsively) at your blog! wink

    The shots of Ainsley stretched out with her “thumbs up” is
    too too darling! She wants to “be BIG!” No wonder your ribs
    STILL hurt!

    Love her up! REST UP! Post more when you have time.

    Love to see and read it all!

    Gramma GG

  9. GREAT AUNT GINNIE permalink
    September 5, 2008 8:27 am

    OH MY THAT LIL AINSLEY IS SOOOOO SWEET!!!! THE PICS ARE JUST CUTE!!!! NOW I WANT A NEW BABY AGAIN!!!! KEEP THE BLOG GOING WHEN YOU HAVE TIME.

  10. shana & crew permalink
    September 5, 2008 11:24 am

    so, i didn’t know you were cloth diaper people — so are we!!! 5 babies now. ok, more like 4 since, in all honesty, i couldn’t keep up with that kinda laundry in 2005! imagine that.
    yeah for cloth diapers!

  11. September 5, 2008 11:33 am

    i forgot to mention that that bottom picture is the best ever, I LOVE IT!

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