We knew the day would finally come when Ellen would leave the NICU. It was a little sad leaving sister for the first time, but we know they will be back together soon!
Ellen was released around 9pm last night and we took her to the hotel. She had a good night and her monitors didnt go off too much. It has been a long time and it still doesn’t quite seem like she is ours yet. Our plan is to bring her home on Saturday morning on a commercial flight.
As for little Elizabeth, the doctors informed us yesterday morning that she needs at least another 2-3 weeks before she is ready to leave NICU care. We were really expecting to take her home on Saturday with her sister, but this is not looking good. The Dr’s would be willing to release her if we could find a NICU in KC that will take her after she has been released from this NICU and traveled on a commercial flight. That is what we will be looking for today. At least this way our family could be back in one state. Otherwise our plan is to get Ellen home and settled this weekend. Stacy would then try to get all of the kids back on schedule and ready for school. This would be a very hard decision for Stacy to leave Elizabeth here but, the kids at home need her as well. I’m sure you moms can understand the situation. You hate leaving the one, but when you have 4 others at home, you have to do what is best for ALL. We know the nurses here are great and they will love on Elizabeth when Stacy can’t be here. The Dr.s and nurses agree this would be the best way to handle considering the cirumstances.
Goal for today is to find a NICU in KC that will accept little Elizabeth for 2-3 more weeks. And of course, enjoy Ellen now that she is finally with us! We feel so blessed!
Bo and Stacy