Yassy’s note: Liam’s first year: Day 72 – Day 78

In the previous entry titled “Yassy’s note: Liam in NICU;day 8- day 14“, I wrote Liam came to our family about 3 weeks early (36 weeks and 2 days) and he has spent next 3 weeks in NICU.

He was tiny little baby; 18″ tall, weighing 5 lb 6 oz…

At day 72, he was 9 lb 6 oz boy.. Almost doubled in size.He was growing nicely.

At about day 72 or so, we had issue with him crying a lot and sometimes nothing worked.It was one of those busy mom days with wits end.

After trying swing and that did not work, I was not sure what would be better to try next. Being a first mom and my own mother is living 14 hours flight away,it was tough moment.

However,looking back, those hardship made myself grow inside and outside.

I once thought of letting Liam sleep inside the swing if swing made him sleepy and he fell asleep but,we were not supposed to do so as par our therapist’s advice for to collect the torticollis with misshapen head (flat head).

Day 73..

I was feeling super tired.. thinking about taking a nap..just could not stop yawning.

I breastfed Liam morning again. He did fine.

When breast milk in the bottle is low in supply,I had to rely on formula which seemed to make him gassy and I really hated to give it to him.

At day 72, as par pediatrician & mother in law suggestion,we gave him gas drop right before meal before his bed time, but not sure if it did any better than a night before.

Especially because I gave Liam tummy massage ,which encourage gas goes to right direction to pass, every milk time so, I expected him to fart after that.

Around the same time I was having issue with his crying, gassy tummy issue on and off, I also was suffering with blocked milk duct.

Therefore, I tried epsom salt solution to see if it helps any quite a lot.

With previous episode, epsom salt with warm compress worked good.

Those days, with Liam’s hospital visits,I had days now and then where I could not pump every 2-3 hours as I should have done, and on and off,I had block duct issue and it was painful.

<Epsom salt solution for blocked ducts>

Epsom salt water solution; 2 tsp Epsom salt in 1 cup warm water.

Epsom-salt soaking before breastfeeding helped to open the milk duct opening and also aids in healing.

What I did was to put the epsom salt in the bowl and then, add small amount of really hot water to dissolve.

Then add warm water to cool it down.

I wet the washcloth in the solution and loosely squeeze out the solution and lean back a bit and put the cloth over my breast for 15 minutes or so.

I did it before nursing, before pumping

This epsom salt solution really worked good for my issue.

Day 77

Liam Day 77, in Giraffe gown..

On day 77, Liam killed 2 crib sheets, 2 clothes, 1 diaper we were going to slip it under him to change… It was right after I just did laundry for his yesterday and already got more to wash.

This was the 3rd clothe in one day….

Little one really went through lots of clothes a day.

This giraffe clothe was a gown. It was rather big for him even though it was newborn size. But big one looked cute on him though.

More Liam’s story continue.

Stay tuned.

Aug 09, 2017 | 0 | parenting

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