Saturday, April 21, 2012

The lessons we learn 9:51am April 21st

This is what we arrived to at the hospital.  Isn't he so adorable?

How quickly it can change.

I don't know what we were thinking, but we found out the hard way that it is definitely not a good idea to give a baby medications orally before you give him his food, especially when those medications don't taste good at all.  So yesterday they started Owen on medication schedule that actually makes sense for when we take him home.  So now at 9am there are four different medications that he gets: Ranitidine, an antacid; Digoxin, a heart medication that helps it beat stronger; a quarter tablet of Asprin; and a multivitamin with iron in it.  For whatever reason, we decided to give Owen his medications before we gave him his 9am feed.  As far as I can tell, the Ranitidine, Digoxin, and Asprin don't really taste like much, and for the most part he took those just fine, but the multivitamin on the other hand has a very strong odor, and if that is any indication, tastes horrible.  So now he has this horrible taste in his mouth, and Owen was not happy and had absolutely no interest in taking his bottle.  So I was rocking him to get him to calm down enough so that he would take his bottle (we really want him to take as much orally as he can so that we can get out of here as soon as possible) and then Owen has a major blowout.  Luckily I was standing while I was rocking him otherwise he would have gotten me through the blanket he was wrapped in.  I think we will have to start bringing extra shirts and stuff to the hospital so that we are prepared if he continues to have major blowouts.  At least while we were getting him all cleaned up we got to try out the scale that we will be bringing home with us.  We weighed him at 3648g, which for those of you who don't speak metric is just slightly over 8lbs.  So finally, after we got him changed and settled down Cassie finally got to give him his bottle.  And wouldn't you know it he quickly fell asleep.  After all of that, he only took 19ml from the bottle.  Next time we know, when his medications fall at a time that he gets a feed, give him the bottle first, then give him his meds.  There are so many little lessons that you have to learn when you are a parent.  Well, two down and I don't know how many more to go.

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