Thursday, March 20, 2008

We're Home!



Last night at exactly 6pm Paul, Luna and I arrived home. Sienna and Memere greeted us at the door. Sienna was nearly jumping off the walls with the excitement that her baby sister was finally home.

As predicted, yesterday was a long process. We were supposed to be discharged at noon but little Luna-apparently has a flair for the dramatic like her sister-decided she would keep us on our toes with a tiny scare. The previous night the nurse changed her diaper (ahhh...to have one of those amazing nurses come home with me!) and exclaimed that her poop looked 'funny'. The word funny strung along with poop in a sentence usually doesn't mean anything humorous at all, but rather something very 'unfunny' and potentially even downright nefarious. In Luna's case the green in her poop meant blood. Who knew green poop somehow translated as red blood. So, starting at about 2am Wednesday morning every diaper was tested. Two diapers came back with trace amounts of blood. This can mean a whole litany of conditions ranging from blood ingested during breast feeding to a much graver condition where the body (I hope I get this right) over circulates and the baby develops something called NEC-an acronym for something I won't even pretend to understand on 4 hours sleep.

Along with testing Luna's diapers the nurses checked her little bum for a fissure (none there) and several doctors and nurses gave her belly exams. In the end the feeling was perhaps she has a milk allergy since the two suspect diapers were found after Luna ingested a breast milk bottle fortified with formula (which is made from cows milk). Little Luna apparently wants to be just like her sister. Since Sienna is lactose intolerant Luna decided she would be too.

In the end it was an easy fix-moving forward, the bottles we give with formula in order to fatten-up Little Luna-must be made with soy formula.

Since Luna was showing absolutely no signs of discomfort the doctors finally discharged us around 3pm.

Last night was our first night as a family of four and it felt wonderful to be reunited at last...even despite the fact that both our 'babies' had Paul and me up all night!

Sienna Playroom Childrens

Sienna in the playroom-just two doors down from Luna's room at Children's. As you can see this is vacation as far as Sienna is concerned!

Sienna Playroom Childrens

5 comments:

Laura said...

Congratulations Sabrina and Paul. Luna is beautiful! Glad to hear her surgery went well, she is a true fighter. Love the blog - it keeps everyone so informed. Sabrina you look great! So happy that you are all home together now. Can't wait to meet her.

Love - Auntie Laura

debbie said...

Glad to hear Luna is home Glad to hear everything is going well. Luna is a beautiful baby and she looks great.
Love Debbie Mike and
Jamie

Cathy said...

Hi Sabrina,

Glad to see our Little Luna is happy and home with her Big Sis Sienna ~ who looks like she is having the time of her life on her vacation!

I know you won't have one moments rest for the next few weeks, but I am thinking of you, Paul and the girls.

xoxo
Cath

Nicole said...

What great news that Luna has come home!! She is so beautiful!! Good wishes, and some sleep, to you all!!
xoxo Chub, Nicole and Natalie

silva family said...

sabrina & paul
i find myself checking in with the luna & we blog at least twice a day, i'm hooked! we're so happy that little luna is doing so well. sabrina, i love the way you write about everything that is going on, it's very comforting. she is truly beautiful and so is your family (paul??!!) we're thinking of you all the time and can't wait to see you and luna (i love it!!) all our love

brenda, chris, nathan & noah!