Last Tuesday, after 16 days in the NICU, I finally got to bring Brennan home. He needed several days getting CPAP to keep his lungs open. Then he had a couple of days with high flow oxygen through nasal canula to keep his breathing deep. At that point he was also started under bilirubin lights for his jaundice. After coming out from the lights, he had to go back under. And of course, he had to learn to eat. The magic answer seemed to come when we put him on a regular flow nipple and he started eating like a champ.
Still, NICU life is stressful. It was hard to split time between the kids at home who needed me, and the baby in the hospital who needed me. Bringing him home was wonderful. And, of course, he took to nursing like a champ as soon as I got him home. And he's been busy this week, eating, sleeping, filling his diapers, and generally being adorable.
I worried that the kids would have issues, but so far they all seem to love him. Even Quinn spent half the evening tonight trying to kiss him on his head. He hasn't been jealous at all.
Last week I tried to get rest. This week, I'm starting my routine with chores again. It's important for my sanity that I keep my house in order. Next week, we'll add in school. I'm anxious to get back to all the fun things we were studying before I got horribly distracted by other things (you know like contractions, family visits, Summer...).
And I promise to get back to blogging. My husband keeps telling me he misses reading my posts.