Well, that took a lot longer that I thought it would, and was a lot more stressful.
Everything for Baby Will checks out OK except his bilirubin count, which requires monitoring due to a blood-type conflict between he and Pam. His count has gone from 2 to 7 to 9 to 11 when he was discharged yesterday. When they did a skin screening today, it gave a reading of 16.7, which is a huge jump and alarmingly high – levels over 20 can indicate a risk that Pam’s antibodies in Will’s blood may begin attacking his brain. The treatment for excessive bilirubin / neonatal jaundice is light therapy, in which the infant is placed under or wrapped in colored lights which will help his body break down the bilirubin and pass it via stools and urine. To get such treatments at Carle means being re-admitted to the hospital for a night or two.
So the Doctor ordered a blood test to get a more accurate count than they could get with a skin screening. They pricked his heel and he screamed for five minutes while they collected little blood droplets. After waiting around for 90 (very stressful) minutes for results, the blood test came back with a bilirubin count of 14.2, which is low enough that he won’t need to be admitted to the hospital today. Whew! We have another blood test and doctor appointment at 9 and 10:30 AM tomorrow for the same screenings, so we need to keep an eye on it. In the meantime, we can give him brief exposures to indirect sunlight and extra feedings to help him pass more bilirubin.
In addition, Mom’s not feeling as good today – she’s got some aches in some new places, and so she needs to relax and take it easy. I’m glad we have Grandma Lois around to help out with the suddenly massive amounts of laundry and dishes. I probably won’t go back to work until Wednesday or Thursday, but I’m playing that by ear.
So today will consist of the four of us hanging out in a brightly lit living room, watching the Bears get killed and trying not to worry. In the meantime, we’ll keep taking and posting more pictures. The best thing about bilirubin and jaundice, after all, is that Will looks like he’s got a great tan, and so we might as well take advantage of it!
Everybody feel free to give Pam a call today to keep her entertained and on the couch.
Since I’m up early with Will anyway, I filled in some not-yet-uploaded pictures from the 9-27 and 9-28 albums. In a few hours we have a scheduled checkup for him, so we can see about his bilirubin.
It was really great havin Bill, Al, Susam & Great-Grandma here yesterday. Al made an awesome video I’m hoping her can send to me soon. Today is going to be pretty sedate by comparison.
Looking forward to a great day!
Whew – lots of visitors today. Smiths, Cirks’, Adomites, Great-Grandma Jean, neighbors. Pam and Susan even took Will outside for a walk around the neighborhood.
Will wore Illini socks and slept in an Illini blanket all day, helping root the football team onto victory over a ranked Penn State team.
And basically we just hung out. Grandpa Bill grilled some good food and mowed the yard, Grandma Lois helped with dishes and laundry, and I worked on making a DVD and some photo CDs.
Tonight we get to spend our first night at home with him, and we’ll see how he sleeps.
Oh, yeah – there’s another day’s worth of photos on the website, too, which you can see here. Grandma Lois has been prolific with the camera, while Grandpa Bill has been in charge of video. Good stuff.
At some point this morning, we’re going home with Baby Will, and it’s so exciting that Pam and I have been awake since about 5 AM. We’ve just gotten him out of the nursery, and we’re going to hang out with him for a few minutes until the pediatrician wants him back at 6 or 6:30.
From the moment we arrived at Carle Foundation Hospital late Wednesday evening, the staff as been amazing – attentive without being smothering, knowledgeable friendly and very open to questions. And we can’t say enough good things about Pam’s OB: Dr. Tiffani Dillard is awesome! Thank you to her and the Carle staff for a fantastic delivery and recovery.
When we get home, we’re going to have a house full of love – Grandma and Grandpa Adomite are staying with us, and Al & Susan and Great-Grandma Jean Lenny are coming up for a visit today. Plus we have neighbors and friends and three cats whose reaction is still an unknown.
Another day of excitement – B-Day + 2.
And, the Illini play Penn State at 11 AM. Maybe we’ll get extra lucky today?
I’ve added three more photos to the Birthday album, and another album for pictures of today. There’s only five in there now, but I’ll add more as I can find the bandwidth.
We’ve had so many visitors!
Baby Will is about 30 hours old right now. Pam and I took him down to the nursery last night about 10:30 so that we could get some sleep, and we still haven’t been able to get him back this morning. The pediatrician is doing their rounds, and then it’s time for Will’s circumcision, so he’s going to be angry for a few days, and we’ll have to be careful changing his diapers.
Mom is doing great, and is up and around this morning. It looks like she is going to stay here until at least tomorrow morning, which is great because of all the support, and we have the option of taking Will to the nursery when we want to sleep.
All is well!
In response to overwhelming public demand, there are now about 60 pictures of Baby Will Hulten here.
And we shall call him Will.
You can find a pair of pictures of him when he is just a few minutes old here.
There are a lot of good pictures from the delivery and immediate aftermath, but I won’t be able to upload them on Carle’s crappy (free!) wi-fi. That’ll have to wait until I run home.
Both Mom and Will are doing fine. He’s just eaten, and is now napping in Mom’s arms, though she’s exhausted as well.
More soon! Thanks everybody!
I am very, very, very proud to announce that Pam gave birth to a healthy baby boy at 5:45 AM on September 27, 2007. He weighs 7 lbs. 7 oz. and is 18 in. long. Name to be announced.
Thank you to everyone for the thoughts and prayers and advice. I’ll post some pictures later today.
Nothing yet. Just worked from home today. We go to the Doctor’s office tomorrow around 1:30 to run some tests, do a sonogram and see Dr. Dillard. Might know more info after tomorrow. We will for sure post something after that appointment. Otherwise things are great. Gordy mowed the lawn again tonight. I think we should quit trying to think ahead and maybe he will come faster – not likely. There is the official full moon this evening. Some folks believe this brings on labor. Time will tell!