Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Slight Panic

As I walked into the ‘Sizemore Suite’ today I was greeted by one of the neonatologist who promptly told me that Ellery was scheduled to go home tomorrow (Wednesday). I am sure he thought I was a total nutcase, but all I could say was, “Oh, I don’t think so”. He just stared at me as I tried to explain that I had three rooms of furniture piled into our master bedroom, an empty nursery (it does have carpet now!), cribs in a warehouse and not a single preemie diaper in the house. He agreed to push her discharge back a day to Thursday, which happens to be Quin’s birthday - She won’t remember, right?!?! They can’t justify keeping Ellery because she has been bottle fed for over 48 hours and maintained her body temperature. All she is doing is growing, which they claim she can also do at home. She is a whopping 3 pounds and 8 ounces. Our nurse told us today that while she isn’t the smallest baby ever sent home, but she is definitely among the smallest. Our carseat is made for babies who are four pound and up, so we will have to roll up blankets and place them around her to keep her stable while riding in the car. She will be taking part in the ‘carseat challenge’ tomorrow. She will need to stay in the carseat for an hour to make sure that she will be able to ride back and forth from the hospital to home.

So… barring any big changes, our peanut will be coming home on Thursday. Although I feel like it has snuck up on us and I have some apprehension, I couldn’t be more thrilled. It is wonderful to think that they will all be home soon. In their best guesstimate, they think Gianna and Easton might be home in the next week or two. I hope and pray that they won’t be separated for terribly long! We will keep you updated as things progress over the next few days.

7 comments:

Meagon said...

goodness sakes!! Thinking of you during your panic time!

Amber said...

Wow-Joelee--wonderful and scary at all the same time! Praying you'll be able to get the most imp. things accomplished and for all of your sweet peas :) Happy Birthday Quin!

Ange said...

How amazing that the smallest one gets to come home first. I will be thinking of you tomorrow, and I will give Quin a Happy Birthday hug if I see her!

Jill said...

That is awesome news! We are still getting things ready around here. With the way things are going, they will be home before we know it. Congrats again! We will continue to keep you in our prayers.

Meagon said...

Joelee-how did the carseat challenge go today? Hope you accomplished all the things on your "to do" list that we talked about today. Miss you!

beautifulsue said...

i am so excited for you both. amazing that the smallest baby gets to go home. good luck getting your "to do's" completed! how did the car seat challenge go?

pgoers said...

The babies are beautiful. I am so proud of you for taking things in stride. I know it will be crazy for you two, but there is nothing like having a wonderful little baby at home. Three will probably be a little crazy, but so incredible. Happy Birthday Quin. Hope to see you! Thanks for the sweet note, not necessary. You are very considerate.
Love you- Sheree