Monday, April 20, 2009

First Doctor Appointment

Nicholas has his first appointment with his pediatrician. She hadn't received his discharge summary from the NICU yet so she didn't have a chance to study his history. She looked over the copy I brought and said he looks healthy and good. She also said he is a very good baby. According to their scale he is 11lb 10oz and 20 1/4 inches. That is a huge difference than the NICU scale yesterday. She said that because of his weight we don't need to wake him in the middle of the night to feed him and he only needs to eat 6 times a day. That was so nice to hear. Even though we had to wake him last night, we took turns, we had a good night and aren't overly tired today. She was concerned that he may have another hernia so she sent us to see his surgeon. The surgeon said that it isn't a hernia but it is just still healing. He said that since Nicholas' hernia was so large it might take up to 6 months to heal. He said the lump is probably just fluid but doesn't feel the need to do an ultrasound on it at this time. We have to go back to see him in a month. We have to go back to the pediatrician in 7-10 days. She wants to see him pretty often in the beginning.

So far his time at home has been good. He has been eating well except for his 5am feeding today. He still loves his swing and isn't afraid of the animals. Bella and Jasper seem to have taking a liking to him. Jasper will just sit by him and watch him. Mark even said he thinks Jasper is in love.

The oxygen and apnea monitor are a pain in the butt because of the cords and tubes. We have to bring the monitor with us whenever we move him because the cord isn't long enough. So far we have only moved him to and from the living room and our bedroom. It would be so much easier if we only had the oxygen. The monitor went off a bunch of times because of his leads coming off. It screams and won't stop until you get the his clothes open and fix his leads. It is really annoying. We also have to find some better tape to keep his nasal cannula on his face.

Tomorrow should be a more relaxing day. We don't have any appointments so we can stay home all day. I will post some new pictures tomorrow.

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