Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Who the hell is Billy Rubin?

And why is he messing with my kid?

Conrad came home from the hospital with a bit of jaundice: not enough to require treatment but enough that our pediatrician wanted to keep an eye on it. She ran a test yesterday and called today to tell us he's fine. For those of you keeping score at home, his bilirubin level was 11.8, where 20 is cause for concern.

Good news, but we were a bit concerned because she also said she hoped he would be back up to his birth weight by now. We did a little web searching and found one site that said babies usually return to birth weight between ten and 14 days. This confirmed that our pediatrician is an overachiever, and expects Conrad to be one, too.

We already knew she likes to run a tight ship. We showed up a few minutes late for our first appointment, causing her to remark, "Now you know how long it takes to get out of the house with a newborn." The implication was clear. We arrived 15 minutes early for our appointment yesterday, and she saw us five minutes before our scheduled time. How often does that happen?

So we're not too worried about the jaundice, but we do stare at him every morning trying to figure out if he looks less yellow. See what you think:


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1 comment:

griffey said...

Good on the jaundice front...Eliza didn't bounce back so quickly, so we ended up having Electro-Baby on our hands for a couple of days: