Today is shaping up to be a good day! It's day six, and hopefully we will be able to go home tonight. I don't want to get too excited, but I'm still optimistic.
Ava had the Torodol pain medicine yesterday, and then switched to Tylenol, and now she's pain med free! Yesterday I felt her tummy rumbling, and then she pooped! Which is an amazing thing for a baby that had an obstruction in her bowels. She pooped two more times yesterday. Nothing huge, since she hasn't eaten since Thursday night, but it still was wonderful to see. She started acting like her normal self. Smiling, clapping, talking, cheesing. It was wonderful to have her back.
Yesterday was a day that tested my patience though. Ava pooped at 10:30, and the surgeon said to call him when it happened so we could proceed. He didn't call back until 7:30, which seemed like forever. But I kept telling myself that he was probably saving the life of someone else's baby, so not being a emergency was a good thing. But when he did call, he said that they could remove the ng tube and give her pedialyte. She was really excited to see the bottle, but kept pushing it away when she realized that it was water. She's never been a big water drinking so it didn't surprise me.
She had a great night, went to bed at 8:30, slept until 3:20. Then after her vitals check, slept until 7:30. She of course, slept in bed with me. It's funny, when it's my husband's turn to stay here, she'll sleep in her crib. But with mommy? No way. She would even start to scream when I would get up to use the restroom and the nurse was standing there watching her. She said that Ava is really sensitive to where I'm at. It's nice to feel needed though.
So the dr came and looked at her this morning. Said that since Ava wasn't digging the water, that we could go ahead and try formula, so I called Jake and had him bring some. Ava was super excited to see that bottle, and chugged the whole thing. We have to start slowly though, so it's just 1.5 ounces every 3 hours to make sure she can handle it. Plus she pooped again this morning, the biggest (and smelliest, yuck) one yet, which is awesome. The dr said that if all goes well that we can go home tonight! It's so hard not to get over excited.
Thank you again for your continued prayers, it's been the longest week in history.