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   Wednesday, December 07, 2005  

The lowercase? Coming home? WHAT???

Ok...so...I might have ovarian cysts. I had some pain, some odd discharge, so I went to my peri's office to make sure there was no infection from the c-section. They found nothing except what, by pelvic exam and external pushing, appears to be a swollen right ovary. Which of course could mean cysts. Which could really suck ass.

I went for an ultrasound today to find out what the hell is going on down there. But for perhaps the first time in my life my bladder was 100% TOTALLY EMPTY! I proceeded to down a 20 oz bottle of water and multiple glasses of water from the water cooler (one of which I spilled all over my arm and leg, the icy water soaking into the velour [maternity] Juicy-knockoff tracksuit I was wearing and leaving me feeling cold and wet for HOURS). And yet still the bladder remained empty...and I almost vomited from the excessive amount of water in my stomach.

When I got to the hospital, my darling little boy was looking as cute as ever. No. Cuter. (Each day I think he couldn't possibly become any cuter, and yet he does!) He refused to latch at the first attempt at breastfeeding and was given a bottle by the nurse. While she did that I prepared to pump. Before I did, it was time for rounds.

Now, I don't want to jump to any conclusions here, but I think my son is coming home. SOON. My assumption is based on a single comment from the attending. He said, "We're looking at discharge early next week...or possibly the weekend."

Things that have to happen between now and then:
- The lowercase must begin to regulate his temperature in an open crib (expected placement in his open crib: Thursday or Friday)
- The lowercase must continue taking all feeds orally.
- The lowercase must have no heartrate/oxygen saturation events for a complete 7 days (it has now been more than 3 days since he has had one).
- The lowercase must have his food transitioned from the fortified breast milk or 24 cal/oz formula he currently takes to regular breastmilk or 20 cal/oz formula.

I must do much more than that. I have to wash sheets, blankets, and all manner of bedding. I have to buy a lot more things (like burp cloths of which I have NONE). The things I buy will have to be washed. I have to assemble and arrange things (changing table! cradle!). I have to get the cats' litter box out of my bedroom and into the laundry room and begin seriously preparing them for the new arrival in our home.

I am more anxious now than I have been in some time. So much to do. So much to do.

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  Comments about my post, "The lowercase? Coming home? WHAT???":
This is wonderful! When I was reading the other day and looking at his pictures I was thinking how great he was looking. I'll be praying that everything goes well, and that your loercase will be home for Christmas!!!
You will be great, I know it. I'm so pleased to hear that the discharge is approaching! How nice to have a holiday at home.
The lowercase....COMING HOME....oh, that is the best Christmas/Hannukah/Kwannza/Festivus present EVAH!!!! I'll keep my fingers crossed for a "W" family holiday celebration. :)
I second Sherry's comment--yippee!the!lowercase!could!be!home!soon!!!

I'm so excited for you and the Mr. and the lowercase too :-)
How exciting! Congratulations and good luck. I can't wait to hear that he's HOME!

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