Friday, October 16, 2009

A Day in the Life of the Turners...Now.

So at this point Karsie is, at a minimum, a two person job. She needs to get fed every 3 hours. And by feeding we don't mean get up and bottle feed her. Since she has a feeding tube in we need to make sure, during her feeding, that she doesn't pull the tube out and have it go into her lungs, which would be very bad, and also that she doesn't throw up a big amount. Therefore, someone has to be up and watch her during that hour. So our schedule goes like this:

9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. - Kevin and Michelle work together. Usually, Kevin gets the milk ready (we have to mix breast milk, rice cereal and formula to give her the extra calories and then fill up the syringes) and Michelle gets Karsie ready.

9:00 p.m. is also Karsie's dressing change. See "Changing Pinky" a month or so back.

10 p.m. to midnight - Kevin is in charge of any crying and soothing, but this is sleep time for us. Michelle pumps.

midnight to 1:00 a.m. - Kevin's shift. In charge of feeding and medicine.

1:00 a.m - 3:00 a.m. - Kevin again in charge of crying/soothing, but otherwise sleep.

3:00 a.m. - 4:00 a.m. - Michelle's shift (also pumping).

4:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m. - Michelle in charge of Karsie if needed. Sleep.

6:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m. - Both shift. Karsie has woken up both mornings during this shift. She is very happy and playful during this time and a while after.

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - Chores. Play with Karsie.

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Both shift for feeding. Dressing change. (By the way, there are four medicines that we use and during every feed we give the medicine depending on the schedule of the medicine. For this blog purpose we will not put every scheduled medicine down).

10:00 a.m. - noon - Chores. Play with Karsie, but she's usually asleep at this point. Also, Michelle pumps again.

noon - 1:00 p.m. - Both shift.

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Nap if time (one of us at a time).

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Both shift. Michelle pumps.

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Nap if time (the other one of us). Usually consoling Karsie as she is getting grumpy.

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Both shift.

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Get ready for bed. Michelle pumps.

The second night/day we were able to get much more sleep. Karsie slept through the night again, but we worked out a routine where we were able to get much more sleep in during the time we have reserved for it. So far she's been a fairly easy baby considering. We just have a million things to do FOR her....and we're loving every second of it.


  1. What a schedule! But yay for it being YOUR schedule, and not the nurses', since it means that you finally have Karsie at home! Thanks for continuing to keep us posted, even now that Karsie's home... I think a lot of us have been able to feel like we're a part of Karsie's daily life through this blog, and that's a really special thing. I hope you continue to enjoy being in your routine, at home, and all together! :)

  2. Love the picture of her in the crib -- she is adorable! But of course we knew our niece had to be. Hope you're having fun with Grandma and Aunt Turner. We look forward to seeing you all next week-- Todd is going to get his TDAP today, and I've already had mine. :)
    Much love,
    Todd & Christine