We had a couple of tough days and nights – coping with jaundice, breastfeeding, learning that Adam never wants to be put down… ever (actually, we’re enjoying that despite never being able to sleep ourselves), two long car rides back to the hospital and a very sore me, but we’re adjusting to our new life.
Getting back to life, today is the start of our month, as per Thomas’ pay schedule. Last month’s budget was a disaster and the extra expenses of a two-day hospital stay and extra things we picked up on the way home meant we dipped a couple hundred dollars from our savings.
Some of the extra costs were things we should have planned but got lost in the details. Other things, I could not have predicted.
- Meals for Thomas during the two and a half days we spent in hospital. I shared some of my hospital meals with him because it was too much for me eat but he did get food from the hospital’s Tim Hortons.
- An invalid ring for me. I knew I would be sore. I didn’t know sitting would bring me to tears and I couldn’t imagine the ride home, an hour over bumpy country roads. Thomas bought me the ring at the hospital pharmacy and it has been wonderful. Highly recommended.
- Advil. I grew tired of having to page my nurse or send Thomas searching for her when I needed Advil. I had a great nurse during the nights but the day nurses were scarce. Understandably, days are busier but not seeing anyone for six hours or more was not cool. I was desperate so we paid a big city price for name brand, hospital pharmacy drugs.
- Vitamin D drops. I knew about this, but for whatever reason didn’t buy them ahead of time. Adam took the first dose wonderfully, but threw up the second day (first barfing!). Any ideas why?? I gave him the dose after a feeding – should I do it beforehand? Completely separately?
- More wipes. We have about a month’s worth of disposable diapers to get us through the adjustment of having a baby. I did not buy enough wipes. The poop. Wow.
- Polysporin, on the advice of the lactation consultant. I’m pretty chewed up due to some not-so-great advice from the nurses. Our two appointments with the breastfeeding clinic made a huge difference and I am very grateful for their guidance.
So today marks the first day of what I budget as “February”. We caught up on some bills and budgeted the rest. I’m hoping our March budget levels out and we can get back to a more predictable money flow.