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Preemie NICU experience – T1 comes home!

Posted Jan 14 2011 4:23pm

1/14/1998

I really miss my baby!   My mom made me laugh yesterday and my incision is bleeding a little bit now.  Nurse was not ready for us so he didn’t start to eat until 9:30.  So Mom and I are going back at 12:30 because he moves back to St. Jo’s in the afternoon.  Mom and I will go back at 9PM.  Rob has to work until 9:30 tonight.

Wow – CRP is down to 1.9.  He is maybe coming home later today.

Nurse says yes!

He will get circumcised by Dr. Sing first. (What was I thinking circumcising him after a traumatic NICU stay?  If I had a boy today I wouldn’t circumcise in any instance.  This shows how as moms we learn and grow and change.  So sorry T1, I wish I hadn’t done that.)

We are heading home to get camera and camcorder.  Coming home outfit, etc.  I must go pump first.

OK – car seat is installed – now we are just waiting for them to call.

I called Rob and if they call soon enough he can go.  But it is already 4:10 so I doubt he will make it.  I tried to sleep but am too excited.

We have the baby!

We picked him up at 8PM.  Rob couldn’t make it, he was so sad about that.  If we had had a days notice he could have rearranged everything.  They just let us carry him out.  Mom carried him.  We dressed him in his outfit.  It is a preemie size and it is huge!  We took tons of pictures.  His circumcision hurts him when we change his diaper.

(It felt so surreal being able to take him home. Like he was really MINE!  Before that it seemed like he belonged to the hospital.  I would “put him away” in the box and go home.  The whole thing was so surreal.  I only had 12 days of NICU parenting.  Other people have MONTHS!)

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