Yesterday I went off the percocet. And things started looking brighter.
I still miss Ash all the time, but I can cope and look at the bright side of things:
Ash is more awake during feeding times these past two days. He’s regularly taking between 10 and 25 cc’s of breastmilk by bottle (he receives 50 cc’s at each feeding), as well as some successful time at breast. Previously, he’s been too sleepy to do much and has received almost everything through his NG tube.
Ashland loves his daddy. When I hold him, he falls asleep almost instantly. When Tay holds him, he watches everything Tay does.
Tonight he’s being moved to another room in the NICU, which is a less intensive room for “better babies”. A step up! We’re hoping he’ll come home with us by the end of next week… but of course, the nurses won’t give us any false hopes.
I’ve been pumping every 3 hours at home and at the hospital with a little success, getting between an ounce and 2 ounces of milk each session. I started taking blessed milk thistle and fenugreek capsules at the recommendation of a lactation consultant. I spoke with the LC again today who advised that I suspend one of my night time feedings so I can get 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep. That was the best news I’ve heard all week!
Today I got to drive my car for the first time in almost 3 weeks.
I went in for the 2 pm feeding. Tay drove down and met me for the 5 pm feeding. And then we got in the truck and drove the 35 miles back to Paso… to an empty driveway… and realized… that we had forgotten my car at the hospital.
Really looking forward to those 6 hours of sleep…