|One week after being home.|
Jan 31, 2012 -It has been so physically exhausting to be at home at adjust to this new life. Landon and Hazel are busier than ever! Jacob and all his needs would be exhausting on their own, but balancing that with meeting the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of two other young ones puts us in over our heads at times. At first, I was just barely hanging on to sanity wondering how on earth I was going to continue. I feel like we are up around the clock with only little short naps sporadically throughout the day and night. It is hard with Jacob to get anything done because he is constantly tethered to his oxygen source. Therefore, you can't simply carry him around to take care of things. Add to that the fact that if you leave him alone for one second (and that is no exaggeration!) Hazel will "get" him. She tries so hard to be a little mommy but has no idea how fragile a little baby is, especially Jacob. And like we've mentioned before~She can CLIMB...anything! So no matter where Jacob is, he is somewhat unsafe unless locked away in a bedroom all by himself (he hates to be alone!) He only catnaps during the day, but gives us some reprieve by sleeping through the night except to eat. He came home with a feeding tube which meant we could kind of "cheat" by feeding him through that instead of waking him and working with him to eat orally. But even "cheating" meant we had to get out of bed warm his milk, prime the pump, hook him up, snooze a little then wake back up to turn off the pump, burp him, and flush his feeding tube. Oh, and I forgot we also have to give him meds around the clock. Starting out, Jacob was throwing up sometimes three times a day (now it's usually only once), and I really mean vomiting, not just spitting up like a normal baby. It is often projectile and covers you, him, and everything around you. He eats every three hours, but this prep and routine take about an hour, especially if he needs to have his clothes changed (and yours too.) That means 8 hours are just his feeding routine, then add another 4 for breast pumping. I am left with 12 hours to prepare meals for the rest of the family, clean, do laundry, play, read stories, bathe the kids, take Landon to school and pick him up, shower, eat, and at last...sleep. Thank the Lord I have Andy to share this load and my mom, who takes Landon to and from school. Andy is AMAZING! He shares this load at least 50% of the time, if not more. Lately my body has been just shutting down. It is really weird. For example, I will fall asleep and CANNOT be woken up. Andy will talk, shake, yell, Jacob can be screaming, and I will hear nothing. I can't remember anything I say when I have a conversation after being woken up. My dreams have sometimes become my reality and my reality my dreams. I can't keep track of heads or tails. It is very creepy. I have never known such exhaustion before. My poor kiddos have a mommy with no reserve therefore no patience. : (
|Landon feeding Jacob for the first time.|
|These are all the medications Jacob came home with.|
|This is not even close to the worst it has been.|
|Notice on the back of his arm how puffy the hives are.|
|Loves his Baby Einstein!|
Jacob has changed so much since being home. He likes to play with his hands and try to reach out or bat at his toys. He loves his Baby Einstein with a musical star. He has also been "talking" a little and has the softest voice, although he can wail with the best of them! I think I appreciate Jacob's cry more than most because I am so very thankful for those lungs that allow him to do so. He is smiling all the time and makes beautiful eye contact. After all Jacob has been through, it is a great relief to have him reach the "normal" baby milestones at the appropriate times. I always worry that Jacob might have some delays due to all the medical trauma he has been through. We continue to pray that Jacob is healthy in every way, including cognitively.
|All tuckered out!|
Friday is another little hurdle for Jacob. He is tongue tied and will have a frenotomy (clipping of the skin under the tongue) on that day. It is not suppose to be that bad and babies take a bottle or breastfeed immediately afterwards. I'm hoping for Jacob it is no big deal as he has had enough ouchies in his short little life.
Next week we meet with his pulmonologist to check his lungs, endocrinologist to check his thyroid (which had been too low), the nutritionist, and surgeon. (I am really looking forward to a week with no trips back to Seattle!) Hopefully soon Jacob will be able to wean off the oxygen. Then we won't be tethered to certain areas of the house. He will most likely be off the oxygen during the day and on at night.
So that pretty much catches us up to date. It has taken me so many days to write this! It is now 3:30am and I need to be up at six for Jacob's next feeding at to get ready for our big day (just the two of us-my first trip by myself with Jacob~nerve wracking!) back at Seattle Children's.