I have good news and even better news but first we have to take a detour through bad news valley.
Last Thursday, the pediatrician phoned to let us know that the thyroid portion of the PKU newborn screen had come back abnormal. She wanted us in her office that afternoon to speak with us and get additional tests completed to rule out congenital hypothyroidism. The rush was because the longer Congenital hypythyroidism goes untreated, the higher the risk of mental developmental delays and other delays.
We went in and she explained to us the tests and we also checked his weight. In a little under two weeks, he went from 12lbs 7oz all the way up to 14lbs 1oz!! The lab was next door and he had his blood drawn. Then we waited.
Three of the five tests came back with normal results by the next morning. I cried.
This past Tuesday I took him for his original weight check appointment (he gained another 8oz by the way!) and the ped had the other two results. They too were normal. The endocrinologist does not need to see him and we go back in three weeks to follow up.
We are no longer breastfeeding and he is completely on formula. After everything i went through with Charlotte and my PPD, I know my limits and pumping or troubleshooting why nursing wasn’t working is beyond my scope this time around. He did nurse yesterday morning and I will continue to let him nurse as I need him to or as he wants to until my supply has ceased. Even when I’m giving him a bottle we are cuddly and have eye contact. It doesn’t matter what goes into his stomach or how it gets there. All that matters is that we’re thriving, happy, and healthy.
We are all of those and so much more!