Today you came home from the NICU after 111 days! I feel like it went by so fast, but yet some days went by so slow. I am not as nervous as I thought I would be, but maybe that is because we have a pulse ox home with us. We are so excited to have you home and to be able to take care of you all on our own!
We came to the hospital extra early this morning so that we could get you out earlier than usual. The doctor came to do your exam soon after we got there (I was brining your prescription downstairs when the doctor came) and then they rounded fairly shortly after that. The doctor asked the other doctor if he could break off from them quick to get our paperwork done and then he went off to his office. He brought back your discharge papers and said as soon as the orders appear in the computer, we can "break out". We got out of there earlier than expected.
We got everything together and put you in your car seat. We felt like we should of been running out of the NICU, partly because we felt like we were stealing you, and partly because we didn't want you to do anything to have to stay! You slept the whole time, even the whole car ride home! We hooked up your pulse ox in the car just to make sure you did well in your car seat. We know you passed the car seat test, but I just had to be sure!
We got you home and put you in your bassinet in the pack n play. We put some things away and then before we knew it, it was noon. Time for your care and feed! We did your diaper and fed you. You took 11 ml with no episodes. Same thing happened for 3 pm. We did some things in between, and the time flew. This feed you took 11 ml again, no episodes. At 6 pm, you took all 20 ml, again no episodes. Daddy changed your diaper at 3 and at 6! You didn't fall asleep between 6 and 9, so we didn't want to chance anything by bottle feeding you. We just dropped your feed and you went to sleep.
We gave you a bath at about 8:30. Your first bath at home in a bath tub! You don't really like baths too much, at least that was what the nurse told us. You did squirm a bit and cry some. Nothing too terrible!
During one of the feeds, someone knocked on our door and delivered a stork! We loved it! Mom-mom got it for us and we can't wait to take a picture with it!
I am now going to get as much sleep as I can, so I am going to cut this blog short. We are so excited to have you home. You are doing so good, and we can't wait to spend our first full day home with you tomorrow. Hopefully we will start to get into a good routine. Have sweet dreams tonight buddy! You are home!!!
Congratulations, NICU Grad!!!