I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with E today — D spent the night last night and we had two birthday parties to take T to today. After getting home from the second birthday party, I rushed to the hospital just in time for his 5:30 cares. He was very alert so we decided to try breastfeeding again. It went better than yesterday and he latched a few times, but he still isn’t really getting it, which is discouraging. The nurse thinks it’s fine, considering how eventful the past few days have been for him, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried that he might not ever get the hang of it. It’s a very common preemie problem.
The good news is, the nurse said he had a pretty good day today, and he had a really great evening with me too. His breathing sounds clear and he doesn’t seem quite as bothered by the reflux as he had been. The nurse still had to suction him earlier this afternoon, but I have hope things are starting to look up. Weight dropped 12 grams, but that’s not surprising, with him on the diuretic. Still holding steady at 5 lbs 1 oz.
Today was kind of a rough day. Emmett’s reflux is getting pretty bad. He isn’t spitting up much, but it is backing all the way up into his nose, which creates massive boogers, which causes him to have trouble breathing, which causes him to desat. He’s also clearly in a lot of pain over it, and he grunts and cries a lot. Because of all the desatting, there was some talk about putting him back on caffeine, or possibly increasing his oxygen support again, but after talking with the doctor, he said it’s not really a lung issue; it’s just the reflux. The caffeine would likely make it worse, and the extra oxygen support wouldn’t even really do much good. We may start him on antacids though.
Breastfeeding was a little discouraging today. He was pretty sleepy and didn’t latch as much as he did yesterday, and having him laying sideways made his reflux worse, so after a few minutes we gave up and I held him upright, but shortly after that he needed his nose suctioned because he was having difficulty breathing. It’s just been a draining day. I know the reflux isn’t anything terribly serious; it’s more uncomfortable for him than anything. But it’s just so draining.
On a positive note, weight was up another 62 grams. He is now 5 lbs!