Last Friday I did something that I’ve dreamed about doing for the last 5 months.
I pulled out Tiny’s nasal tube.
Just like that. I untaped, took a deep breath, and pulled. She cried, and then I kissed her sweet, rosy, unteathered cheek. Since her G tube placement (tube inserted directly into her tummy), she hasn’t tolerated tummy feeds very well at all–and with good reason; her poor little tummy hasn’t been used since she was six week old (her nasal tube went directly into the intestines). The surgeon who place her tummy tube (g tube) said that her stomach was severely shrunken and shriveled which made his surgery much more difficult than he thought. So it’s been a slow and not-so-fun transition. Until it wasn’t! It was like all of a sudden, she adjusted and tolerated it just fine. So in a week we went from nothing to full continuous feeds, and pulled that nasal sucker out. It felt great. And so do her lovely dimpled cheeks, which I can’t stay away from. Now we’re just working on upping her feeds until she gets a normal amount of milk in a normal amount of time like 20-30 minutes every 3 hours. It will be SO UNBELIEVABLY NICE to not have to take that cuss IV pole every-stinkin’-where we go.
Speaking of milk, I deserve a medal or plaque or something. Made of gold. I’m STILL exclusively pumping for her. And lately I’ve been fighting to get even a few ounces. I started pumping every two hours to increase my supply, but that was two months ago, and my supply has only decreased. DO YOU KNOW how hard it is to pump every two hours??? I’m supplementing with milk I pumped in the first three months (I was a real jersey then), but will probably run out of that in the next week or so and will then have to supplement with formula. Any tips? This is my third baby, and I have never touched the stuff. I thought our doctor would have some recommendations, but he just said whatev. Anybody passionate about formula out there?
And look at that smile. She could make Maria Vontrap’s hills burst into song with that smile. I call it her sparkly smile because when her chin and cheek dimples appear, and her eyelashes curl around her twinkly blue eyes, it’s positively dazzling.