Early Tuesday morning, the pediatrician told us that her first blood culture test came back showing no bacterial growth. Woohoo! They would have to do one more, at 48 hours from birth, to determine that the infection is not still there. He explained some tests they had done at birth that determined she had the infection. One was a test that showed a high white blood cell count - her body was producing lots of white blood cells to fight whatever was going on in her body. Another test showed extremely elevated levels of "procalcitonin" - I don't know what that is, but her numbers really were much higher than what is normal - which apparantly was another indicator of infection. Because of this, they determined she'd be in NICU for about 5-7 days to get the full antibiotic treatment. They also did a chest x-ray after she was born and found some inflamation in the lungs which could be an early sign of pneumonia. Scary!
This was the first day being at the St. Luke's Meridian hospital and boy was I happy! The NICU was a little smaller but Ava had her own little room and MY room was SO much bigger and nicer than in Boise, not to mention I was right across the hall instead of 6 floors away! At night the nurse just gave me a phone call when she was ready to eat. I got so much more sleep this way because I wasn't watching the clock. The nurses here were so great. So much more interested in my/our wants, needs, and concerns than we had experienced previously and tried to meet our every need. They set a "daily goal" with me every day. Today's was to master breastfeeding, which Ava did great!
We also got results back this morning about her second blood culture which, again, resulted in NO bacteria growth. They also did a 2nd chest x-ray and things looked great, ruling out pneumonia!
Highlights from this day: Devin ended up spending Tuesday night with me there and even though his sleeping quarters were not very comfortable, he decided he would stay there every night so that his parents/brothers could stay at our house while they were up for Thanksgiving. We watched lots of Seinfeld, which I had rented at the library because I knew I would want something funny to watch during labor or recovery. SO glad I got that, it was so fun to watch together. Devin went home to shower/get some things from home to gear up for staying the rest of the week there at the hospital. He came back with presents! A sweet girl from the ward brought an adorable outfit and my friend Nicole had sent a package with some adorable clothes as well. It totally made my day!
I was also LOVING the food at the hospital. Who would think? Their cheese tortellini with grilled chicken and sundried tomato cream sauce was my favorite. I could have eaten it every day :)
Thursday - Thanksgiving!
She always holds on to her ear like that - so cute! I was able to pump about an ounce before we left so that they could feed her in case she got hungry while we were gone for Thanksgiving.
Highlights from today: I wore real clothes for the first time (something other than a hospital gown or sweats and a t-shirt), we went to the Strickland's (Talane's family) for Thanksgiving and everything was so good. Stuffing made with homemade bread, awesome gravy, yummy pretzel jello salad, and LOTS of pie! They were so sweet to invite us, getting out of that hospital felt great! We all sat in a huge circle in the living room, with food overload, and played the name game. My ankles had gotten totally swollen in the previous day or two so Laura graciously rubbed them to help the swelling go down, which it did!
Today was my day to get caught up on work. They were able to wheel Ava in to my room to be right next to my bed. It was kind of nice to have an excuse NOT to go Black Friday shopping. I usually love it, but this year I had no interest (besides that I just had a baby!). Devin, however, was able to finally enjoy an entire day outside of the hospital, which he totally needed after sleeping on that uncomfortable "bed" and not eating very much food!
Great dad moment: Devin was changing her diaper before getting her dressed and as he was lifting up her legs to put a new diaper under, she pooped - which of course sprayed everywhere, including his jacket. Sad, but hilarious :) We were glad she wasn't dressed yet and that it was the hospital's stuff she got dirty, haha.
Above: First picture at home :) Below: First diaper change at home :(
Overall, I only had to wake up about twice a night to go feed Ava and never really felt like I needed a nap! Devin was successful at getting some sleep as soon as he brought his earplugs with him, hospitals just have strange noises all the time. She had her IV moved from one side of her head to the other, and then to her hand throughout the week. She was born 7 lbs even and left the hospital weighing 7 lbs 1.1 oz. Great eater!
Although the hospital was SO welcoming, we are incredibly grateful to be home with a healthy baby. Pin It