Yesterday was the girls’ two month birthday. They are weighing in at 3 lbs. 13 oz. and 2 lbs. 10 oz. Yeah!! Our cousin Lauren, lovely Lauren, sent the cutest little cupcakes to celebrate. Of course, I shared with the nurses. They do love treats! Yesterday day was kind of bittersweet though. I am excited to see their progress over the past two months but reminded just exactly how long I have been gone. I know this is all just temporary, but I really miss my OP kids, my husband, my friends, and I miss my life. Bo is struggling to keep everything at home running, along with his job. So, starting Monday he is going on FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) for the month. Not ideal, but he needs to focus on what is most important right now which is the family. We are blessed that his company has agreed and been so understanding during this situation.
The days are really starting to drag and I feel as if Elizabeth will never be ready to go….Ellen, yes…..Elizabeth, no. To makes things more exciting, Ellen, yes, ELLEN had a little set back yesterday. She was Apnic and really struggling with her breathing. This is not like her at all, so of course the doctors were concerned. Not to let Elizabeth be the only worry, Ellen had to step up. They drew blood, took urine, and spinal fluid (this is horrible to watch by the way). We are still waiting on the cultures to give the final results, but it is looking as if she either has a urinary tract infection or just an adverse reaction to the vaccines she got the day before. Today she is getting blood. Never a dull moment. I have started feeding Ellen 2-4 times a day, depending on her breathing, rather than just the once. She had a hard time figuring it out at first, but can finish a bottle easily now. She takes 30 cc of formula. I also get to hold Elizabeth once a day too. The babies definitely know it is me, as their breathing is very steady and they always fall into a comfortable sleep. I can’t wait to do this in my own HOME!
I have actually decided that I am done with this whole Utah, NICU thing and have made up my mind that it is time to go home. I am thinking of packing up the girls and hitting the road and bringing them to KC. 🙂
The nurses are really great here. They help keep my mind off of the reality of it all. There are a few I can turn to when days like yesterday come around. One took me to lunch the other day and another invited me to her church picnic this weekend. Utah really has some kind people and I have been lucky enough to know quite a few of them. They are asking me when I am going to just move here! NEVER…I want out!
There is a picnic this weekend at the hospital for past and present NICU parents. I am excited to see some of the kids that have graduated this place and hear about their first year. I have a feeling they will have stories to tell. Then I am looking forward to my next visitor. Michael will be coming on Monday. He is the last one to get some individual time in Utah and I can’t wait to see him. Then I will be heading home for the fourth of July.
God Bless all of you and thank you for the continued support and prayers
I will post more pics once I get the camera hooked up to the computer again