I discovered that there is an exceptional family resource center here at the hospital where I can have internet access, so I popped up here to check some email and update the Mill while James is getting a nap and Brian and Sophia are at home resting. (I already got my nap earlier, don't worry!) Thank you all for your prayers and encouraging words! What a blessing to hop on the internet and find all that support waiting for me. I nearly cried for joy.
It's been a busy day for little James. He's run a gammut of tests, shots, an echo cardio gram, an EKG, vital checks every couple of hours, and (hardest for Mama), he now has a feeding tube. Until his breathing stays consistently lower, we want to be certain that he won't aspirate the breastmilk (well, colostrum, at this point), but we do want him to get the colostrum, which is so beneficial especially in instances where a newborn is having some respiratory issues. So, I've been pumping, and we'll be feeding him by tube starting in the next hour or so. Cardiology will be speaking with us later, but from what our doctors have said, it sounds like his heart is a-ok, which is a huge blessing. Also, in the past few hours, his breathing has gotten quite a bit slower (this may be due to the fact that he's been taking a huge nap!), which is very encouraging, and my doctors (who are blessedly very pro-breastfeeding) are hoping I will be able to start nursing him tonight. I must say, I would really welcome the ability to multi-task by nursing and comforting James at the same time! At the moment, I almost feel like I've got twins, getting up to pump milk and then comfort my crying baby. Whew! You mamas with twins impress me.
But, despite getting poked and prodded at every turn, our little boy has been amazing! He never even cried with a couple of his heel pokes or his Vitamin K shot, and he was a real champ with the feeding tube. He's been very easy to comfort, though he definitely wants to nurse, and he has utterly rejected the pacifier at this point. Ultimately, this will be a good thing for our breastfeeding relationship, I feel, but it certainly can make the nurses' jobs a little trickier. But, we have a wonderful nursing staff who seem to be as concerned for his comfort happiness as they are for his care and health. We couldn't be in better hands, and we are so blessed to have such an excellent hospital here in Seattle and the ability to treat James here.
Another piece of good news is that James has been taken out of isolation, which means Sophia was able to come visit her little brother today. She was elated. Brian said the whole way in the car she kept saying, "Baby James! Baby James!" We didn't know how she'd handle being at the hospital, as she's traditionally a bit afraid of strange places and of machines and medical equipment, in general, but she was a little trooper and was mainly just overjoyed to see her brother. God has certainly given us a tremendous blessing in Sophia's enthusiasm for this little boy--a big affirmative to all of our prayers over the last few months for this transition time for her. We are very grateful.
Okay, and one more little Sophia anecdote that I just can't help sharing because it made my whole day: Brian told me her first words when he came in to get her out of her crib this morning were, "Bless you, Mama." I have the sweetest child!
Daddy and possibly Sophia will be back tonight to spend some time with us, but in the meantime, I'm off back to spend some one-on-one time with my little man who I'm hoping will be waking up from his nap soon. Thank you all, as always, for your prayers and support. We know God is listening, and His blessings are continuing to shower down upon us, aided, no doubt, by all of you. Thank you.