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February 20th, 2012, 11:58 AM
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I saw that Dalynn updated for me. Serena and I are home and doing well. Seth is still in the NICU. Right now he's in an incubator and has a feeding tube. They said they don't want to turn down the temperature down in his incubator until he starts gaining weight back. At this point, his weight loss is pretty minimal. I'm hoping he has a turn around soon.
He isn't eating very well, which is the reason for the feeding tube. He is also having a lot of trouble with spitting up. He spits up quite a bit. It's disturbing to watch. Right now they are trying to thicken his formula with rice cereal to see if that stops it. He is also on azithromycin to help the food move from his stomach faster. If this doesn't work, the next step is to switch his formula. They are trying to avoid the reflux medication but I don't see how that would be any worse than what he's already on. All we can do is wait. It's pretty hard having one at home thriving and one in the NICU struggling.
I did try breastfeeding but with them being born so early, it was very hard. When I could actually get Serena to nurse, it still wasn't enough. She lost 10% of her weight and we had to supplement, too. I was also instructed to pump after every feeding. Whatever I got, I took to the NICU for Seth. Sometimes I would get enough for a whole feeding. Other times, not very much. It took a long time for Serena to eat, an hour or so. I did get to try Seth to nurse but he was started on bottles and formula before I even got to try nursing at all. He just could not get it. After over 3 days of this, I decided that there was absolutely no way I was going to be able to do all of this at home with 5 other kids and made the decision to switch to formula. It was the right decision for us. I was so much happier with formula. My milk is mostly dried up now, too.
I posted their birth story and a picture of them in the birth stories forum if you want to check that out.

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