So far, things are looking good for us to go home in a couple of hours. At the last PKU, Emelyn’s levels were down to 11.2 so they took her off the IV fluids and turned off the bili lights. I was able to hold her as much as I wanted and she slept in the bassinet without the lights. She was a bit hard to rouse for feedings last night, very sleepy, but I got her to eat every 2 hours; I hope it was enough! She did have a couple of dirty diapers, which is good because that’s how the body gets rid of the bilirubin. We’re now just waiting for the nurse to come in for her 6am PKU. If this one is still down or even lower, we can go home as soon as the doctor makes her rounds (around 8am). I’m crossing my fingers that we’ll be able to go home soon. I’m so exhausted, I have had about 3-4 hours sleep in the last 48 hours and am thoroughly sleep-deprived. The few nights we were home were also really rough, trying to adjust to having a newborn and especially adjusting to having to care for her mostly by myself because of breastfeeding.
I’m getting pretty nervous as I have Emelyn sleeping on my lap because she’s starting to look as yellow as she did the first day we came in :-( All day yesterday her coloring was getting more pink and “normal” looking… I’m hoping its just these flourescent lights we’re under or that this is a normal thing. If her levels have jumped back up, we’re likely to be here twice as long. Please keep Emelyn in your thoughts and prayers. I’ll update as soon as I know what’s going on.