Friday, February 22, 2013

Clara's First Appointment

Clara had her first appointment today!

All dressed and ready to go!

We had a couple concerns to discuss with the Dr. today. The first was her weight. Normally the doctors don't like for babies to lose more than 10% of their body weight. Clara lost about 11% of her body weight while in the hospital (down a whole pound), but we were able to go ahead and go home. Today when they weighed her she had gained about an ounce and a half back. Yay! So her weight is looking good.

The second concern we had is her jaundice. Her bilirubin levels were slightly elevated when we left the hospital, once again not enough to worry about. The doctor had us take her to test her levels again. We got the results this afternoon and her levels have elevated further (which we had expected). So now we have to get her tested again tomorrow to make sure that the levels have peaked and are on their way down. If they continue to elevate she will have to be kept and put under a lamp. So we are hoping that her levels are on their way down when we take her tomorrow. I'm not looking forward to them getting more blood from her, but she handled it really well today. They had to stick her twice, first in the arm, and then in the heel...not fun. For now, we had her sunbathing this evening and will again in the morning, hoping to help bring her levels down.

Soaking in the sun

Overall the appointment went really well and we'll go back when she's two weeks old. She's keeping us busy! Coming up in our Clara schedule: jaundice retest tomorrow (and possibly Sunday), newborn pictures on Monday, hearing screening Monday or Tuesday. Loving every minute!

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