So there have been some great developments in the sleep department over here. As you all probably remember, we’ve been feeding Ava every 3 hours around the clock – so 8 times a day since we came home from the hospital back in February. And thankfully Jason does the 6 am feed, but I still found it exhausting to stay up till Ava was done her midnight feed and then be up again at 3:00 am for an hour. Thankfully I do get so sleep into 8 am or so in the morning – so it’s wasn’t like I wasn’t getting any sleep at all… however!!!
And then when we were at Sick Kids back on Mar 13th, the dietician had told me that if I added formula to my milk that it would increase Ava’s daily calories enough so I could skip one of her feeds… and as tempting as that was, I never could bring myself to do it. First off, at that point Ava was refluxing like crazy, and then she got a cold and I just didn’t think her sensitive tummy would handle the formula well. So I just resigned myself to our sleep-deprived schedule and consoled myself by the though that it couldn’t last forever.
So then I was very surprised and excited when we were back in Toronto last week and Paula – our amazing Nurse practitioner with the Single Ventricle Team – said that since Ava tends to tolerate volume over increased calories with formula, we could try to give her more of my milk per feed – and if she tolerated it OK then we could go on to skip a feed. Now that sounded like a plan! And with the dietician on board, as soon as I got home I started trying her on the increased volume and it worked awesome. Ava kept all the milk down no problem – and I got to start skipping a feed… fabulous.
So now I skip her midnight feed so I can actually go to bed at a decent time (when I’m not blogging.. haha) and then I just get up once in the night to feed her and pump. Jason still gets up for the 6:00 am feed (thanks hon!) and so I actually get some good sleep and I now feel rested in the morning – and that means I’m starting to feel like a normal person again. And my mom is here today and she said that she can tell I’m sleeping more because I’m more alert – and probably not as touchy – although she’s nice enough not to mention that. 🙂
And our little Birdy is growing, slowly but surely…. she is now 11 pounds 3 ounces! She is definitly getting bigger, can you tell?
And I just praise God that He provided this solution – and I think everyone here is benefiting from the fact that Ava is getting more milk and I’m getting more sleep!