Not too much has been going on the past few days. George has been working and I’ve been home with Emma. My days are not very exciting. They consist of feeding, changing diapers, spit up, occasionally crying, and very rarely sleeping Emma! However, yesterday she did take 2 naps for approximately 45 minutes each without me holding her! That allowed me to do some laundry and empty the dishwasher. Hopefully this means her acid reflux medicine is working. She doesn’t seem to be making quite as many noises. During the night is a different story though! All night long she is fussy making grunting noises and she sounds like she is struggling. I don’t know when she will grow out of this but I really hope it is soon. We have been swaddling her well recently because she hasn’t been pulling her nose canula out during the night.
Today we go to the eye doctor which I’m dreading. It will be my 1st time out of the house alone with her and all of her “stuff”. I know I can carry all of it but it will be heavy. I have to carry her oxygen tank, apnea monitor, her in the carseat and the diaper bag. I need one more arm I believe! Then once we get to the eye doctor they have to dialate her eyes and we have to sit there for an hour! The actual exam only takes a few minutes but it’s not a pleasant exam. Lastly, her feeding will be around this time so I’m not sure how well that’s going to be worked in. She might be unhappy for a little bit.
Here are a few pictures from yesterday. My friend Gerri came over to visit and we had a good time. She was really good with Emma! Hope you enjoy!
Today Emma went to the pediatrician for the second time. We really like the office. The nurses are all very sweet and so are the doctors. It is a practice with five women. They all like to say her name really really country…Emma Graaaace. It kills me! Anyways, we had a great appointment. She now weighs 4 lbs 9 ounces! I can’t believe we are so close to 5 lbs already! She has also gained 5 inches in length since birth, now at 17.5 inches. The doctor said she was doing awesome and she just seemed so caring. Emma is now on Zantac for acid reflux and we are supposed to elevate her bassinet mattress so she sleeps at an incline. We don’t go back to the office until one month for now and that will be for her 4 month shots. We couldn’t have asked for a better appointment!
George’s wonderful parents are staying again tonight and they are really helping us out around the house. His dad has mowed the yard, edged & weed eated (sp?), washed my car, killed weeds and lots of other things. The man can’t sit still! My favorite mother-in-law has been helping me with Emma and made us dinner tonight and she cleaned the kitchen! I could really get used to having them around! Unfortunately, they are leaving tomorrow. Peace out.
Before leaving the NICU last week the lactation consultant had asked if Emma and I would model for the Medela company today. At first I was hesitant because it involved me breastfeeding her in front of lots of people and being photographed. Well after thinking about it and all of the perks (free $40 bra, free $350 breastpump) I decided we would do it! So today we loaded up and went back to the NICU for our big photoshoot. When we got there they had a makeup artist do my face and she kind of styled my hair. The makeup part was really fun! Then I changed into this horrible light yellow shirt. They also asked George to be in some of the shots so he got to shave, put makeup on and wear a green shirt.
Well today is Mother’s Day and it is my very first one! I absolutely love being a mom and I can’t wait until Emma is making me mother day gifts! We had a great weekend. George’s parents came into town on Saturday and we had a good visit. I got some beautiful plants and flowers! We didn’t do a whole lot other than sit around and ooh and ahh at Emma but that was fun!
After Grammy and Rus Rus (what Graham calls them) left my friend Katie picked me up in her convertible to get me out of the house! We had so much fun! We went shopping at Target and stopped by the mall and Lowe’s/Home Depot. I bought another plant…I wonder how long it will take me to kill this one??? I don’t have a green thumb at all! Overall I had a terrific weekend and I couldn’t have asked for a better 1st Mother’s Day!
Well I survived my 1st day home alone with Emma! It was a very boring day. I need entertainment! We did manage okay besides Emma pulling her oxygen plugs out this morning and turning white as a ghost! That was the start of my day. She came out of it when I gave her back the oxygen so that’s a good thing. It really scared me though!
Due to Emma ALWAYS pulling her plugs out she really needs constant supervision. I have a hard time running to the bedroom or even the bathroom when I’m alone with her! I never even brushed my teeth today until George came home…gross I know. So anyways, when he came home I decided to do the dishes and take the trash out. Below are pictures of what I came back to! Isn’t that sweet?
Not a whole lot has been going on this week. We’ve just been hanging around the house occasionally cleaning but mostly holding Emma on the couch! She loves to be held and she sleeps better when we are holding her. It’s really sweet!
Yesterday we took her for a walk around the neighborhood, but since it was so hot we only did one lap. She slept the whole time. It felt nice to get out of the house. I also got out and went to Rosie’s for dinner…I hadn’t been out of the house since Sunday when we came home! I miss the outside world.
So nothing too exciting this week. I think George might go to work tomorrow since he is taking off on Monday. That will be my 1st day alone with her…what am I going to do??? Wish me luck!
Leaving the hospital was bittersweet…after twelve weeks we were ready to have her home but it was a very emotional time. I already miss my nurses and my daily trips to the hospital but it’s great having her home!
I am so glad they made us room in Saturday night! It gave us a chance to see & hear what babies do all night. We were a nervous wreck! All night she kept making noises and doing weird things with her mouth and we didn’t know what to think. The nurse told us that is normal for babies so now we just ignore it. We really didn’t get much sleep that night but it has gotten better since coming home. After the nurse and doctor finished the discharge paperwork we were ready to go. We packed everything up and got her situated in her carseat…that was a challenge! I couldn’t believe how small she was in it and we had to roll a couple of blankets up and fit them around her. As you can see in the pictures she wasn’t too thrilled about the carseat! I did cry a little when we were walking out b/c lots of our nurses were standing in the hall and a few of the nurses got teary eyed too. Other than that the day was okay…she slept the whole way home and then George had to go back downtown to pick up her presriptions and to pick up Braxton from the vet. It was very scary being left alone with her mainly b/c of the oxygen. I’ve had a hard time getting used to the cords and stuff & I can’t wait until we can get rid of the machine! George is much better with it than I am!
Now that we are home things are going smoother everyday. Last night I slept from 9pm-1:30am and then George slept from 2pm-9pm. We both got some good sleep in!
We also went to the pediatrician yesterday and she has gained weight…4 lbs 1 oz! So we finally hit the 4 pound mark! They took her blood to see if she needed another transfusion but she was fine and that’s about all that happened. Oh, they did suction out the biggest booger in the world! The nurse even showed it to the doctor! They all loved her & thought she was the cutest thing! We go back next Tuesday for a follow up and we also go back to the eye doctor.
Right now we are enjoying George at home and I dread him going back to work next week. It really helps to have two people especially with all of her cords! Maybe my favorite in-laws will come visit us!