After our trip to the doctor on Monday, which included our first heel prick of the week, his bilirubin was a 17. I hadn't really suspected that his jaundice was that high as our house lighting didn't reveal his yellowishness. Plus, I wasn't overly concerned simply because my milk didn't come in good until Monday morning and I knew he would be eating and such much more after that. His weight had dropped from 8.9 to 8.2 which was another reason I knew eating would help.
But it was high enough that they made us do a bilirubin "blanket" thing starting Monday night.
We had to go back Tuesday and Wednesday to weigh and get heel pricks. Both days, his bilirubin number was 15, but he was looking better, as well as eating, peeing, and pooping much better.
Who knew poop would ever look so good! :)
Yes, I am sure I will regret those words some day!
His weight shot to 8.6 on Tuesday and 8.75 on Wednesday. He will be another chunky boy like his brother was before we know it!
He was such a trooper too! Just one little squeal with each heel prick than back to lala land with his pacifier. Thank goodness!
Thankfully, despite his 15, she gave us a break today and just said keep on with the biliblanket. We go back Friday for another check. At that point, I am totally sure his number will be low enough to quit for good. He is eating like crazy and that will help.
It is funny as we look at pictures of the other two, especially big brother. Frankly, he looks just as "yellow" in his first days back home but I know we did not go through this. Did I just not take him back for his second check and not remember or were his numbers never that high?! Who knows!
Here he is glowing away. The "blanket" is a pain to deal with and I might have preferred the lights, but it is all the home health company had.
When we get tired of the blanket, we sit him in our office with our skylight.
Already perfecting his baby yoga positions!
That is all for now! I will try to put together "his" story for next week. Gotta pace myself!