Since going on ECMO, Brigham has settled into a nice slow steady pace. At this point there's not really anything new to report. But no news is good news!
**We did finally find out his length though! He's 20 1/4 inches, exactly the same as Carrie was! They were almost exactly the same weight too; Carrie weighed 6lbs 4 oz and Brigham was 6 lbs 5 oz. Looks like that's "the size" of our kids. Sure makes it easier for me to remember!!**
Both Justin and I were able to get a good night's sleep last night while Brigham behaved. (The only eventful and yet non-eventful thing that happened during the night was that Brigham got a bag of platelets infused into his system.) It was much needed sleep for us!
I've been living on an extended adrenaline rush the last two days and it's finally starting to wean off a little. I'm feeling fantastic with regards to having just had a baby, but I have a few achy back muscles and am a little tired in general.
We've decided that Heavenly Father blessed me with an easy labor, delivery, and recovery because he knew we'd have other things to be worrying about. And if you've ever had a baby, you truly understand how big of a blessing an easy delivery and recovery are! I hope that pattern continues with future children!
Today the nurses switched out the mattress in Brigham's bed and I got to help! (Yes, it took four people to handle everything...)
Justin took a little video of the actual process. The ECMO tech at the head of the bed is holding all the ECMO tubes in place while a nurse and I at his sides each have a handful of tubes and are lifting Brigham while the other nurse is switching out the mattress. Crazy huh?!
So I kind of got to "hold" him today ;)
Afterward, while we still had his isolette lid open, we did a little mouth hygiene; Suctioned out some secretions and gave the inside of his mouth and lips a good wipedown with a moist swab. He loved it :) He tried to lick it a little while I was doing it.
We've already had a few friends come to visit today and one of them offered to take a picture of both Justin and me with Brigham. I know you can't really see Brigham (sorry), but it was the only angle we could really get.
I've been discharged from my postpartum room so we are officially "moved in" to our little space in Brigham's room. We have a couch/futon, chair and a little cupboard for some of our stuff. Tight quarters, but we're happy we get to be so close to Brigham. We're doing great here and as far as we've heard, Carrie's having fun playing with Grandma, Grandpa and her aunt and uncles.
Like I said earlier, not much to report, but we like it that way. We're taking everything by the minute, by the hour, and by the day. As of right now, it looks like his surgery should be sometime the end of this week. That could change at any time of course, but we'll keep things updated!