After extensive high-level negotiations, Mr Wriggly is now more officially Kieran Alastair Martin Drake :-)
His breathing has come good, either with some time in the humidicrib (or baby oven), or because of the IV antibiotics. He's now on the UV bed (or baby grill) because he was showing some signs of developing jaundice and it was easier just to stave it off than wait for it to get bad enough to need it.
He's also on a glucose drip because, well, because he was on IV antibiotics, and they didn't want him disturbed by learning to breastfeed at the same time. But he's pretty insistent about wanting food too, which is good. He'll try and suck the skin clean off your finger, but he's a bit small to get a good latch on for breastfeeding. That'll probably come good in the next week or so, but in the meantime goldengrove
is using a pump and he's getting some expressed breast milk. All good. goldengrove
is still a bit dazed (so am I, tho the glass of honey mead I drank while writing this helped that) and sleepy. There were some noises about discharging her on tomorrow (the normal amount of time for a birth admittance) but both of us would rather she stayed there as long as Kieran will be there, which will at least be Saturday. Its still a bit unclear, but they might have enough space to allow for it til then. We'll have a better idea tomorrow. If she does get discharged, it'll be a few days of sitting about in the canteen to express milk every three hours until he's allowed to go home. The major time limitation on that according to the midwives is that he needs to learn to latch on and feed on either a bottle or a nipple, so the former is being given a go tonight while we keep practicing with the latter.
Kieran is chubbier and less lanky than Hamish, but they look pretty similar for the most part. I'll get some photos up when I have a brain and less mead. :)
Incoming messages are being read, if not replied to - we're both a bit bushed at the moment, and normal human interaction is a bit beyond us. More interactiveness soon :)