I think last time I posted, I was mentioning that Adam was almost off the IV and that the boys would be moved into a crib together, assuming Scott could hold his temperature, I know I was a little worried about that. So, Sunday morning (the 14th) I showed up at the NICU for the 9 AM feed, to see the boys together in a crib! It was sooo nice to see both of them without IV's! I waited around for the Doctor to do his rounds and he mentioned again that the boys were excellent candidates for pediatrics (moving out of the NICU to just be 'feeder/grower' babies upstairs) and that he would put them on the list. I didn't think anything would happen soon, but Jamie and I came back after we had lunch to find out that a spot had opened and that the boys would be moving that day! The nurses told me that I could get a private room with them, so I went home to pack up all of my stuff. I got back to the hospital around 7PM and luckily didn't bring up my giant suitcase because it turns out I did NOT have a private room! The boys were in a ward room, which is basically a big room with cribs in all 4 corners. The nurse said that there would be a private room, but that she'd have to check with all of the other parents with babies in the ward room first to see if they want it. I guess I was last in line. The nurse said that two of the families likely wouldn't want it because they had other kids at home (and wouldn't be able to stay overnight anyways) but that there was one other family who probably would. I had to wait until the 9PM feeding for the other Mom to come in and decide. Well, come 9PM the other Mom is asked, and because she lived only 5 mins away she was great and gave it up for me! Yay! Apparently it wasn't going to be ready until the next day though, I had to go back home on Sunday night, oh well!
|Cuties in their crib!|
|Crib in the ward room|
|My Dad showing off our new room|
|Mommy showing off my new cot!|
|Scott was proud of pulling his NG tube|
|Boys during their car seat test|
|Happy family ready to head home!|
We got home around lunch time, and put the boys on a quilt on our rug. One of our neighbours came over to visit and it was a blissful time. When we went upstairs we realized just how crazy everything was. There were piles of laundry from all of the clothes the babies and I wore at the hospital, their room wasn't done, the junk from the spare bedroom was still scattered on the babies' floor, basically it was my worst nightmare. I figured we could just put the boys down for a nap and get everything cleaned up, but that wasn't the case. They decided that screaming was much more fun than sleeping. I was a stress-case. I hate being unorganized, and our house was a pigstye (no ones fault, we had just been SO busy!!!!), the babies were crying and I remember just thinking 'oh my god, this is our new life???' I also had gotten very little sleep during my 3 nights at the hospital, it wasn't exactly the comfiest bed in the world and constant beeping/ flashing lights doesn't make for a restful sleep. Eventually I fell asleep on the couch with both babies for an hour or so and Jamie was able to restore order in the home, yayyyyy. My Mom came over that night and she & I slept in the spare bedroom with the babies. I felt it was best if Jamie got a full nights sleep, so he could be awake the next day, which was a great idea. The first night wasn't great, but we weren't expecting it to be. The babies were up a lot of the night and really wanted to sleep on our chests most of the time.
Sorry, I know this has been my most random blog post ever. The babies have now been home 15 days, and it has been a blur. We've had great days and nights, and some crappy days and nights. I'm starting to get more comfortable with everything, and we're accepting that the best routine is to just go with the flow. I've made a point to get out of the house every day, and my Mom comes over almost every day during the week to go for a nice walk or to the mall. Jamie and I took the boys to Costco the day after they came home, and they've been pretty well traveled so far. I'm starting to find all of the best areas to nurse when out and about, which has been helpful. My only fear of going out all alone (which so far I've only done once) is both babies having a meltdown at once. It's easy if one baby is acting out, because usually I can just nurse him and that will settle him right down. But I'm not comfortable tandem feeding in public, that would take some talent I don't quite have yet!
Anyways, this is getting way too long, and it's taken me THREE days to write it, so I just want to finish it. I'm missing 1000 details, but I will try to update more often now. For now (because Scotty is waking up and crying!!!) I'm just going to add some pictures and get this bad boy posted! WHEW!!!
|Adorable Adam dreaming about coming home |