1.21.2010

funny shirt....


i saw this shirt and thought it was really funny. this post is going to contain references to nursing and how much i like to do that for my baby. i understand there are people who can't or don't want to, so i mean no disrespect to anyone, i just wanted to tell of an experience i had which involved nursing the little man....


on to that. so the older kids had bronchitis (again!) about 3 or 4 weeks ago and when they were finally on the mend, blake got a little cough. not a bad one...but then three days later, it was a bad one and on a sunday i stayed home from church with him and he started to wheeze so i took him to pediatric urgent care, conveniently located right down the street. they were very nice, told me he had an ear infection but that they didn't hear any pneumonia. so he had an antibiotic for that. and we were doing steam treatments in the bathroom and a humidifier in his room at night. then he had a "well" check on tuesday, which turned out to not be "well." his ear was fine, but the doctor said he had bronchiolitis and some pneumonia in his right lung. holy goodness. i have never had a baby this small be sick like this so i was freaked out. then they told me he had only gained a pound since he was born, making him 8lbs. 14 oz. and he was about 10 weeks at this point. not good people! so we went home armed with breathing treatments, an expectorant, his antibiotic and the humidifier in his room...it was a lot to think about and then i was so sad that he wasn't gaining weight because i really wanted to keep nursing him. it is great bonding for us. the reason he wasn't getting enough, i think, was that he was falling asleep when he would nurse, so i started nursing him twice on each side, switching him a total of four times to keep him awake, nursing him when he had no clothes on to make him chillly or half clothed, just a onesie...i put a cold washcloth on him, cold water bottle, whatever i could think of to keep him going and awake! and i started taking brewer's yeast to try to increase my milk supply. and yesterday i took him in to have a weight check and he weighed 9lbs. 10 oz!!!!! yay!!! almost a pound in a week, i am super pumped!!!! i am just so happy that he is gaining, all his pneumonia is gone and hopefully it won't be back!!!! so yay for us being well right now!!!!!

9 comments:

Melissa said...

Good for Blake! Does this mean you're done nursing?

Lacey said...

So happy to hear he is gaining weight! I can't believe all the sickness in your house!!! Please let me know if I can help with anything!

Sew Much Ado said...

I'm so glad that you're all okay now! Have you heard of Fenugreek? It's a supplement from the health food store and helps with milk supply too. I took it when Wyatt was a baby. It makes you smell like maple syrup (seriously), but is supposed to help.

rachel said...

Pneumonia is so scary and not fun. I hope that you guys don't deal with any second rounds. YAY for nursing him back to health!! Little babies and sicknesses don't mix.

Jackie said...

Oh, how scary. I'm so glad he's on the mend. I like the shirt too. I didn't feel like it was so much a superpower as I felt like a cow being milked every 2 hours. ;) I hope you're okay. That's a lot to deal with by means of postpartum issues.

Mariley Johnson said...

You are super Mom!
I'm so happy to hear that he is better!

Sarah and Ty said...

There's a group on FB with the same title as that shirt! Funny. It really is a superpower. Way to go to nurse him back to healthy. I am a BIG nursing fan.

Trent and Amber said...

Yay! That is awesome! I totally know what you mean too, I love nursing. It is good, good time together.

Mike and Steph said...

Jen, I love that shirt I laughed out loud! With my sense of smell increase during pregnancy, I felt like I had superpowers, but I like the milk superpower better.

Glad to hear you're all better. You're amazing!