Yesterday at Lil' squishy face's weight check, he was diagnosed with "Failure to Thrive". Even though he was up 4 ounces he was still only 6 lbs 15 oz at almost five weeks, which is still 4 ounces from his birth weight. When a baby doesn't regain his birth weight by a month protocol is automatic admission to Primary Children's Medical Center. I was devastated!!! My Doctor said because of my crazy life of being basically a single mom during the week, instead of making the arrangements and sending him up right away, she would give me some time to talk with Hunter Dan and figure out what would be best for our family. The time spent at the Children's hospital would be two weight checks daily, complete caloric intake, multiple testing above and beyond all we have already done, and at least 2 to 4 days there. I was so heart-broken, but arrangements were made with my parents, they would head down within a few hours, Hunter Dan would be here shortly, and I was mentally preparing to spend some days and nights with my little guy in the hospital. A place I've been before, and had hoped I wouldn't spend another night there again. Don't get me wrong this hospital is amazing!!! I called the Doctor to let her know she could get him admitted within just a few hours. After she called the hospital though there were no single bed rooms available, and she wasn't willing to risk the baby getting sick by sharing a room with even a non-sick patient. My Doctor said,"Your baby is little and young, we can't risk him getting RSV right now." Believe me I know, after Ashie was there with it for nine days at three weeks old, we decided not to take lil squishy anywhere except to the Dr. I'm getting a little stir crazy.
So now the plan according to my Doctor is FEED HIM LIKE CRAZY this weekend, and weight check on Monday, if there isn't a significant change, he will be admitted. Talk about an emotional roller coaster!! I will be saying many prayers for the next few days for sure. But that brings me to something I haven't done forever, and it is time to get back....
1. I am sooo thankful to a wonderful Doctor.
2. I am sooo thankful that I will be able to spend Lexlee's birthday with her tomorrow instead of being at the hospital.(that was breaking my heart!)
3. I am sooo thankful that I have parents who were willing to drop everything to drive to Utah.
4. I am sooo thankful that Hunter Dan was able to arrange to work in town next week...just in case...
5. I am sooo thankful to Beto's Mexican food, where I just treated myself to a veggie burrito. Super YUM!!! I think I deserved it.:)
Hope everyone is having a wonderful Thursday, I will be busy for the next few days trying to stuff my baby with calories!:)