The following announcement was from one of my multi-mail days. Sometimes I just couldn't contain my excitement and would actually fight with the wireless network of the hospital to allow me to send an email. It also is one of the last five of the "News from the NICU" series of posts. I may just have to sit down and write a nice timeline page up to string them all together in an easy to digest package. So as the wind blows outside and James rests gently beside me filling my ears with his napping sounds, I present the second of the February 1st updates...
We got to the hospital for our early visit and when dropping off the "liquid gold" we were informed that James has been moved to the simple ward. This means he is out of the isolette and into a clamshell. It also means he will be dressed for the first time in his life and wrapped in the blue blanket.
If you need us we will be at IASO,
Now I can hold him to bottle feed and Eri can actively start nursing.
more to follow I'm sure unless I forget about you all now...
Obviously I could not forget my kind readers so later in the day...
Okay, rewards for those whose email client has not blocked me as spam yet.
Give it time, give it time.
James did indeed get moved over to the simple unit. He is now in an open bed wrapped up like a burrito and sporting a blue blanket. The atmosphere is very different. Very. The nurses there say things like,
"You know, if you are not sick you really don't need to wear the masks."
And, "So who is holding the baby, mom or dad?"
That last one is my favorite, although the first one makes you realize that wow, we are really getting close to bringing our son home for real reals. Really.
Its a little scary for us first-timers but very exciting.
I got to hold my son for the first time (shhh, the last time didn't really happen remember), well, that is to say I held him for some time and even fed him some of his bottle. I thought I was pretty terrible at it but he did managed to eat about 25 to 30ml so not too bad for my first try. Eri of course got "sleepy sorta fed baby" who was like,
In all fairness she is going to get to feed him way more than I will.
So, new schedule. Much more time at the hospital for now. Later nights. Family stuff for sure. And as a reward you gets your pixs.
February 1st, 2012 a very long and perfect day