It was a busy day, invisible readers. I learned some infant massage, tutored the neonatology fellow in what works best for Jane, vent-wise, so she could finish the new care plan, and took multitasking to a brand new level. At one point, I was pumping while Jane slept in my lap as I checked email. Fear me and my mad skillz!
I had Jane try breastfeeding at noon without pumping first -- it had only been an hour and a half, so I thought it wasn't too radical an experiment. FAIL. Poor thing took two giant swallows and backed off with a look on her face of utter bewilderment (and possibly horror). She obviously had no idea there was that much milk in the entire world, and there it was, pouring into her without letup. She kept a close eye on me until she fell asleep, let me tell you. I was actually relieved that she was willing to try again a couple hours later. Until then, I was pretty sure I had undone an entire week's worth of progress.
Once we had finished up, it was bath time, which was all cute and slippery and fun. And then... oh, peeps, and then I changed Jane's trach ties. Me! By myself! Well, Awesome Nurse Sue held the trach in place, and Awesome Tech Deb held Jane. (I am never changing trach ties without Deb ever again. She has those amazing mom hands -- do you know what I mean? Just firm and steady and calming and full of baby-wisdom. Jane wasn't happy, but she wasn't fighting the entire time, either. Unlike last time. I'm still a little traumatized by last time.) But I did the actual cleaning and placing of the collar and stuff. Sue said she was proud of me and that I could totally be a nurse. Isn't that sweet? She's such a good liar.
We were both worn out from our efforts. Jane passed out, and I went to the co-op to get her some fancy schmancy organic baby wash and massage oil and her very! own! chapstick! (Her lips get dried out.) Oh, and some Dial soap to keep her neck clean and healthy under the ties. But I got the aloe kind. Totally fancy!
Oh, and hey! Twenty weeks yesterday, and nine pounds, one and a half ounces today. Sing it!