April 16, 2008

Sweet Lord Help!!!

Last night was one of the worst nights Bauer has had in a long while. He decided to get up at 11:00, and stay up crying until about 2:00 a.m.!!!! It turns out his appetite had kicked in and ate at 11:00, 12:00 and 2:00. I'm shocked his stomach didn't explode, but by 2:00 a.m. I would have given him a Twinkie if it meant he would sleep. I'm sure you've all been there too. After that he slept until about 6:30 and then was up for the morning time.

He slept on the floor by our bed so we were always careful to not make ANY noise. When we would finally get him settled down for 5 minutes I didn't breathe enough to make the sheets move. And every time he would start to make a little noise I would freeze and slam my hand down on Adam so he wouldn't move either. My poor husband. He really must love me. :) But I had to. Once Bauer saw the we were in the room he wouldn't give up until we picked him up and cuddled. At one point I thought, "That's it! I'm sleeping in the blow-up bed with him." So I laid there with my legs hanging off and my arms all crushed up underneath me. Someone would definitely be getting me up with a crow bar the next day.
But I ended up having to get back in bed because Bauer thought it was play time!!!
He was having a blast. Smiling, laughing, rolling all over the place, grabbing my eyes, lips, hair, blankets, etc. He clearly had forgotten that complete darkness meant "time to sleep"!!!! Thank God that the Lord never sleeps! Because neither were we and He would hear our prayers. :)

Sometimes I would get him to sleep and as soon as I put him down he would wake up crying. I decided I would just hold him all night if I had to. If only I were an elephant and could just sleep standing up while holding him!! :) He was still kind of frazzeled from the surgery and probably in a little bit of pain even with the medication and just wanted Adam or I to be there.

So we switched spots with my grandma in the living room and she took the bed. I slept in the chair as long as I could with him on my chest. As uncomfortable as it was I loved every minute of him wanting to lay there. He's never been a big cuddle bug so it was a really sweet time in some insane way. But after I lost feeling in my legs from having them propped up so long I slowly put him down on the fold-out and tried to get a little shut-eye. I think I was able to at least shut one eye and then everybody was up again! The Bible says "With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day." 2 Peter 3:8. I was definitely feeling the "day is like a thousand years" part. Ha! Ha!
Once Bauer was up for the day my grandma watched him for a few hours so Adam and I could go back to bed. Wow. I'm exhausted just recapping the whole ordeal. But again. When looking back. You have to laugh.


"He gives strength to the weary." Isaiah 40:29



After the surgery the babies have lots and lots of drainage. At times it would almost be easier to just have a bucket hung around his neck! :)

Nope, that's not a string hanging out of his mouth!!!

Even with slobber he's soooooo handsome!!!

Sleepy Sleepy!

We bought Bauer a little blow-up bed for this trip. It's made to where the baby can't roll out. We tried it out once at home and Bauer was not impressed. But unless we wanted Adam rolling over him at night and nobody getting any sleep this was our only option. We put him down about 9:30 p.m. and , praise the Lord, he didn't wake up until 6:00 a.m. !!!! It may not be sealy posturpedic, but it will work!! I'm sure the codeine had a little something to do with that too. :) Whatever the reason........................WE GOT SOME SLEEP!! Here is the website for the bed: OneStepAhead.

The home-care sheet we received at the hospital said we could let him have stage 1 foods by today. So we pulled out some bananas and added some formula to make it really thin. He ate the entire box!!! YEAH!!! I think the 'ol appetite is slowly kicking back into gear. We have to be really careful putting the spoon into his mouth especially since we don't have a high-chair. I can just see Bauer moving his body real fast and me sticking the spoon right up into his palate. If that happened I'd just go ahead and check us both back into the hospital. :) One bed for Bauer, one bed for mommy.

Make sure you rinse out the mouth after eating. You are suppose to squirt water into the baby's mouth with a special curved syringe after every meal for the first 4 weeks. It keeps the food from getting stuck together on his stitches or any holes that might be there. Last thing you want is infection. I've almost decided to put that word on the same level as curse words. ha!

The syringe is kind of tricky. It's very pointy so we cut off a little bit of the end. He absolutely hates it when we do this, but it has to be done. Just be SUPER CAREFUL!!! In fact, if he's real squirmy we will just give him some water from his sippy or a spoon.

He's also playing on the floor more and more, but we've noticed he still gets tired pretty easy. I have to keep reminding myself that his little body is still in the early stages of recovery. Even as great as he is doing he still needs time to work up to his normal energy level.


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