Another long Update: Ashton continues to thrive. They removed his sugar water iv yesterday, so the only thing he still has at this point is his feeding tube. He is doing well maintaining his own temp, so they were planning on moving him out of the isolete into an open cot tonight. He is taking his feeds very well whether formula or breast milk. My supply is almost enough that he doesn't need formula at all. Hopefully he'll be 100% breast milk in a few days. Also found out today that his length (at 3d old- so likely at birth) was 19.25 inches and 5lbs 10oz at 32w3d. Carter was 9lbs and 20 inches at 40w4d. Ashton is definitely longer in the legs arms and fingers.
Me: Physically, the nightmare continues. I finally was able to call my OB today and they fit me in because I am in ridiculous amounts of pain and it should be getting better, not worse by now. Turns out all the straining to have a BM that caused my contrax to start has caused an (sorry if TMI) anal fissure, which has made having a BM since Ashton's birth off the charts painful. I also have pain when I urinate, which may be caused by irritation from the catheter, but it may also be a uti and last but not least, while my incision is healing up nicely, there appear to be pockets of fluid just to the sides of and above the incision site. Doc says that although I have no outward signs of infection, he thinks one is brewing. He warned that my incision may partially open up so the infection can drain and I may require wound care. He is sending me for bloodwork and a urine analysis tomorrow am. I am to go back for followup on Friday. He put me on high dose antibiotics to combat the expected belly infection and that same drug will help with any bladder infection. He said the fissure could take a very long time to heal, but they can't really deal with that until I can have regular soft movements, so I am to continue taking colace 2x a day and a laxative 2.x per day. Recovery could be slow in the butt department. All of this is taking a toll emotionally, but I am trying to battle through, just like Ashton has done. If he can deal so well with the hand he was dealt, then mom will just suck it up and carry on. My boys need me strong and healthy and dammit, I am going to get there sooner, rather than later.