Wondering why you haven't heard from us for the last few days?
That's because I've spent the last 3 days in the PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) with a very jaundiced baby. On Monday at our first doctors appt, they told me I had a very orange baby. When they called me back with his biliruben count, it was very high and they told me to go immediately to the hospital where I would be admitted right away and Colton would sit under lights to help him get better.
When we got to the intensive care unit, we also found out that Colton was very dehydrated. Colton was a little bit of a rough starter on nursing, but I thought we were making progress. Apparently, he really wasn't getting much although I had it all there for him.
It's every new mother's fear that her child isn't getting enough food, and this fear was EXACTLY what actually happened. I felt terrible...my poor little guy.
Over the next 3 days, I don't think I slept longer than a 20 minute period with the temperature checks, beeping machines, pumping, feeding, nurses checking in and out, lab people taking his blood, getting IVs, poking and pricking, putting on and off his "zoro" mask for his bed and sharing a double cot with my mother (who is the most amazing person and staying with me helping me the ENTIRE time).
I am exhausted. However, I am now home and so grateful to be home with my little boy! He did SO well the entire time and actually didn't mind sleeping under the lights at all. It was like he was taking a vacation at the beach laying out under the sun. Needless to say, I've cried more the in past 3 days than I think I ever have. I am feeling positive and very grateful now though.
I love my little Colton.
*Mike was so amazing thru all of this juggling going to work, coming to the hospital, picking up food, and being a very supportive and loving husband and father. Here is a picture of my happy boy since he is feeling so much better!