Tuesday, December 30, 2008

This Is What We Walked Into Today


You gotta love it!

We got to hold her for about an hour and half total today. I don't know what they think is going to happen when we get her home. She'll be snuggled on for sure and Sid will try to tickle her to the point of irratation. haha! I fed her once and Sid fed her once. She is eating almost 2 ounces.

I guess the thing that makes me upset about this NICU is that they are small and therefore not very parent friendly. This is also the hospital that the Choctaws have a contract with to deliver all their babies at. So Bailey is the only white baby in the whole NICU and I don't think they are used to parents being with their baby all day long. I don't mean that ugly, but that's just a fact of life with the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Reservation in the same county as we live in. They just have a different culture than we do. Anyway, in Birmingham, where Erin was born and other friends had babies in the NICU, they eventually got to move out of the NICU into a room so that Mom and Dad could care for them while they still needed to be "under nursing care." That doesn't happen at this hospital. If it did, Bailey would probably already be in a room that we could stay with her in. So that is frustrating for me.

Not much new news to report other than Miss Bailey is coming right along. She stays awake for about an hour after she eats and just looks at us, like who the heck are you people. I was thinking that she would get to come home tomorrow because they have basically just been observing her for 48 hours now, but the doctor and the nurse pract. seem to think it will be a few days longer. So we'll see. It's getting very tough for me and Sid both to keep it together. We had to give up our room today so I don't know what we will do tomorrow and the rest of the days until she comes home, especially since I am pumping. But we'll see.

From those of you who have been where we are, either in Mississippi or in Alabama, we so appreicate the words of encouragement. They mean alot to know that you all have perfectly normal healthy kids and there is life after this.
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1 comment:

Val said...

Look what I've missed!! She's gorgeous, and apparently couldn't wait any longer to meet her mommy and daddy. We've been in and out of the hosp this whole month w/my son so sorry I missed this big arrival. Congrats to you both, she's beautiful and sounds like she's a tough little gal.