Amazing, awesome day….Emily came home!!!!! She had a great night, gained weight, ate like a champ and docs were ready to discharge her this morning. Bryan had to work today, so I went to the hospital to handle all the discharge stuff (lots of paperwork, oxygen company came out to teach me how to use her oxygen tanks, cleaning out all her stuff, goodbyes to our favorite nurses, etc.). After all that, her awesome nurse Theresa helped me get all her stuff to the car, and we were off!
Emily did great on the car ride home- slept the whole time 😉 And once we got home, we quickly relaxed into a sleep, change diaper, eat schedule, minus all the machines/wires/beeps /people/etc. of the NICU. Bryan got home in the early evening, and we promptly experienced our first real diaper blowout…and Emily’s first bath at home! The rest of the day has been spent napping, eating, and exploring Emily’s new surroundings.
We feel so incredibly blessed to have so much support– the last few weeks have been the most difficult, scary, anxiety-filled of our lives, and we know we wouldn’t have been able to do it without all the love and encouragement from our friends and family.
Rooming in with Emily last night was awesome! It was the closest to a “normal” night we’ve had since she was born- we woke up with her when she woke up to eat/be changed, didn’t have a nurse coming in to check on her every couple minutes, etc. We still had to call the nurse and check in throughout the night, and keep an eye on Emily’s monitors, but just being able to be with her all night was amazing 🙂
Big news from today is that we’re still on track to go home tomorrow, Sunday the 1st!! As long as nothing crazy unexpected happens, and she doesn’t lose weight (needs to stay the same or gain), we should be ok to go home. She still needed to pass her hearing re screen and her car seat challenge, and she passed both no problem when we tried them this afternoon! And, after calling the night nurse (who checks Emily’s weight each day), we found out she gained weight! She was 2525 grams on Friday night, and 2590 grams tonight! Go Emily!
We’re trying to be happy and excited, but also keep in mind that something may happen and she may not be able to go home tomorrow. Having a baby in the NICU is a crazy, emotional experience, full of tons of ups and downs, and it is really hard to navigate the stress, anxiety, and emotions that come along with the experience. So we’re going with being cautiously optimistic about her coming home tomorrow, and hoping for the best.