Wednesday, May 11, 2005

HOME!

I have to learn to type one-handed. My baby is HOME!

Monday afternoon we got to collect him. It was a whirlwind getting him out of there. Our favorite nurse Sylvia arranged everything ahead of time (physicians to sign-off, set up follow-up appointments, gathering supplies) so that it all happened quicker than we expected. Driving home was surreal.

At home it was hard for Jack to rest. The animals wanted to sniff him. Janie kept coming over and patting his head, prying open his hand, or hugging him. She kept telling him to wake up and I had to keep telling her that babies need to sleep. She just wanted to play with him. The phone also rang off the hook with family and friends calling to see how he was doing. Of course he also had a leak from the pouch (colostomy appliance) so we had to change it. We learned that we didn't have things set up in the most efficient places. We also changed from the NICU two-piece system to the one-piece ones we received in the mail and there's nothing like learning something new when the baby is crying, there's ummm watery baby poop all over him, and Matt and I both trying to take control. Janie kind of backed off and watched the drama. I've changed things around so hopefully it will get better now.

Yesterday the home health nurse came to visit. She'll be coming a few times a week for the first two months, then we'll see after that. I also got a call from our neonatologist and the insurance company nurse checking on Jack and I. Oh, and family and friends kept calling. It was continuous. I joked that I was going to start answering the phone "Hi, I haven't killed him yet." but they'll probably send social services over here. I just didn't figure there would be so much interest on our first day. Today the phone has been quiet at least so Jack and I have been able to spend more time just rocking and relaxing.

I'm tired but not discouraged. Very very happy. I'd say that the heart stuff takes a lot more time than the colostomy stuff. For the heart I must listen on the stethescope a few times a day, put on his monitor at night, and give him one med every 12 hours and the other every 6. This means that for last night he fell asleep at 10:30, then I woke him back up at 12 for his meds. Then he woke up at 2:30 and 5 to eat, and I woke him up at 6 for meds, then at 7 I had to start getting Janie up and going. Sleep? What's sleep?

We have an appointment with his pediatrician tomorrow and the home health nurse on Friday. There are also upcoming appointments with his cardiologist, surgeon, and ostomy nurse. If I was only taking the standard 6 week maternity leave, this would be my only week with Jack at home. Incredible. What if we had counted on my income and I worked outside the home? Thankfully I am off until mid-June and I work at home - and I'll be working only part-time once school starts back in the fall. If I can't get this all down then I can always quit, but I'm trying not to since they may offer me a promotion when I graduate next year. And my income even part-time means Matt doesn't have to work crazy overtime. But we have to remain flexible. This is not the way we had expected things to be and at day 2 I'm still not sure how I'll feel in a week or a month.

He just smiled at me. I think he likes it here; the natural light, the quiet, and the constant attention of his favorite nurse (the only one with the boobies who also never pokes him.)

56 Comments:

Anonymous Yatima said...

YAY! That's awesome! I'm so glad you're all together! I bet you'll be an old pro with the stethoscope and stoma any day now. WELCOME HOME BABY JACK!!!

1:49 PM  
Anonymous emma said...

Oh I'm so happy for you all! I've been quietly reading and waiting for this, it's so good to see it happen.
Welcome home Jack.

1:54 PM  
Blogger obabe said...

Woooo hoooo!!!! I'm so happy for you all. Welcome home Jack!!

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am SOOOO glad that you are home. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!

2:11 PM  
Anonymous Jen said...

I'm so glad to hear that you are all home and doing fairly well! Thank heaven's for home nurses and it sounds like you guys are doing great!

2:25 PM  
Anonymous amanda said...

Yay! Welcome home Jack!

2:51 PM  
Anonymous Julie said...

Jack is HOME! Jack is HOME! Wonderful, wonderful news.

3:46 PM  
Anonymous Kris said...

YAY!!! Welcome home Jack!!! I bet your so very happy, all 4 of you. Congratulations!!

3:56 PM  
Anonymous lisa said...

Congratulations! I'm so glad you have both your little ones with you. I'm hoping everything goes really well for you from here on out.

4:00 PM  
Blogger Jen P said...

Whoo hoo!! Hooray Jack!!! Welcome home little man! Congrats Pazel!

5:07 PM  
Anonymous Molly said...

Such good news! Congrats to your family!

5:16 PM  
Blogger Ninotchka said...

Awww, I'm so glad he's home. What a relief. Enjoy!

5:43 PM  
Blogger Carmen said...

Fabulouso!!!

What wonderful news. I've been obsessively checking in, waiting to here the latest. That news was worth waiting for!

6:04 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

If ever there were a post to de-lurk for, this is it! Congratulations to all and ENJOY!!!

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank God! So happy for you...FINALLY!

Heather Ann

6:30 PM  
Blogger Lala said...

Yippee yipee! I'm thrilled to hear you've got him home. Congratulations!

6:33 PM  
Anonymous Monica said...

I'm so glad he's home! Welcome home sweet baby.

6:34 PM  
Anonymous Kris said...

Welcome home little man !!

7:57 PM  
Anonymous Louise said...

Welcome home, Jack!

7:58 PM  
Anonymous Terri C said...

Congratulations to all four of you!! HOME, what a wonderful word!

8:07 PM  
Blogger Jody said...

Congratulations! Yea!!!

8:10 PM  
Anonymous JK said...

delurking to say YIPPEE!

11:01 PM  
Blogger The Lioness said...

What wonderful morning news, he's home! Oh Pazel, I'm so happy for you all! Jack, welcome home!

12:47 AM  
Blogger VHMPrincess said...

congratulations!!!! that is FABULOUS!

4:17 AM  
Blogger Floyd said...

The best news ever! WELCOME HOME, JACK! WOOOOHOOOOOO!

6:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful news! You sound like you have a good handle on things. I hope you take time to just sit and relax with your TWO kids. Jill

6:18 AM  
Blogger Dee said...

Welcome home Jack!

What wonderful news Pazel--enjoy every minute, you deserve this happiness. And you're right, I bet Jack loves his favorite nurse with the boobies :-)

6:24 AM  
Anonymous Heels said...

Welcome Home, Jack!

I am so happy for your family. I have been checking and checking for updates and worrying for you.

I am thrilled to see this and I hope you get to start a nice babymoon and that the worst is behind you.

Happy, happy day.

6:32 AM  
Blogger sherry said...

Your news made my day. Congrats on having your Jack home!!!

7:07 AM  
Blogger Debbie1788 said...

I have been checking and checking for an update, I was hoping that no new post meant you were VERY busy with your family and Home! I am so Happy for you all!

Enjoy, this will all be a memory real soon!

7:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful news! Congrats!

xxoo,
Emily

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Julia said...

YAY! Am so glad to read this news. It's the best that you are some!

9:00 AM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

Delurking to say congratulations on springing Jack from the NICU. Enjoy him!

9:11 AM  
Anonymous Amy said...

Yay!!!! So happy for you all! I feel like singing "Here Comes The Sun" or something equally cheesy. Congrats on having the whole family in one place.

11:22 AM  
Blogger cat said...

This is the best news. I hope that it's onward and upward from here on out and that things quiet down considerably for you and Jack.

Welcome home Jack. :)

11:23 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Hoooray! So glad for your whole family.

1:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations and welcome home, mom!

2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, that was me.
Jen/vintageuterus

2:03 PM  
Anonymous Menita said...

What wonderful news!!!
Welcome home, Jack!!!

2:40 PM  
Blogger K|nneret said...

Welcome home, Jack. So many people have been rooting for you!
Pazel, so glad to hear that you're home with your boy, where you both belong. Congratulations to your entire family!

2:48 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Thank God he's home. I hope you get some peaceful time with your family.
-Erin

5:45 PM  
Blogger G Dawney said...

I am so very happy for you and your family. We have been praying for you. We'll continue.

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anna V said...

yay, he's home!

Now if I can be of any use whatsoever, please, please email me. Primaflora at gmail . com. I hope you guys are well and truly out of the woods and things will just flow from now on. My experience has been different so I got to learn all sorts of crap that I really don't want to know about and I sincerely hope you don't need to hear about it as well ;)

2:39 AM  
Anonymous Andrea said...

Creepy lurker coming out to say CONGRATULATIONS! All the best to you and your little family.

4:14 AM  
Anonymous deborah said...

OK, I'm finally breathing normally again. Welcome home, Jack. And enjoy the heck out of him, Pazel.

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Jack and family!

Christine
therabbitlived.typepad.com

12:45 PM  
Blogger L said...

That is so wonderful!

3:22 PM  
Anonymous Mandy said...

OH HOORAY!!! Welcome home Jack, I'm so glad.

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Rebekah said...

What wonderful, wonderful news! I am SO happy for you and your family. Enjoy holding your baby. =)

3:36 PM  
Blogger HomeFireBlue said...

One word: FREAKIN' YAY!

Oops, that was two words ...

*does happy dance anyway*

-Blue

2:40 PM  
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