Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Way Back When-esday - Luke's Homecoming

Linking up with Twinfatuation Way Back When-esday. Thanks Cheryl for letting me play along!

The time had come to bring my baby boy home. He came home on April 13th, 2008 after 59 long days in the NICU! He was 2 days shy of his 2 month birthday and was a whopping 4 pounds 7 ounces! He had more then doubled his birth weight of 2 pounds! You can read a little more about his NICU stay here.

Todd and I roomed in with both Molly and Luke that evening. The nurse only came in once to bring Molly's medicine. We had them all to ourselves for the very first time! Crazy! I think we were probably lucky to get a few hours of sleep that night. One of Molly's leads needed to be changed, so it kept coming off. Which meant her alarm went off every 10 minutes! It was pretty miserable! There I thought it was going to be this blissful, heavenly night....boy was I dreaming! The next morning didn't come fast enough for me. I am sure Luke probably thought the opposite, since he was breaking free!! Walking around that room with my baby cordless was delightful! I really was like a kid in a candy store! I was so very super happy and excited to experience my next chapter with motherhood outside the hospital.

Telling Miss Priss I would be back that evening to see her!

Saying goodbye to my precious baby girl that day was very hard! I always kept the hope that I would bring them home together!

First temperature reading and diaper change at home! We still had to keep temperature readings due to him still being under 5 pounds!

Daddy giving Luke his first bottle at home with Uncle Scotty looking on! Todd and I actually stayed in an apartment by the hospital for the first 9 weeks! My brother was nice enough to stay at our house during this time taking care of Wally (my doggy) & Elvis (todd's cat). It was a huge blessing not having to worry about anything at home! Thanks Uncle Scotty, we love you!

Lying (MandyE and Jenner I almost put laying) in his crib for the first time!


Amy said...

Such sweet pictures! It's amazing to bring them home isn't it! I am crying reading this post!

Beth said...

So sweet! I remember the excitement of bringing a baby home mixed with the pain of leaving a baby behind. Those were tough days, but worth every second.

reanbean said...

What a truly special day that must have been! But still, so hard to leave Molly in the hospital and then to be split between the one at home and the one still in the NICU. I can only imagine how that much have been for you.

championm2000 said...

Thanks for sharing such a special story--so inspiring!

Jenner said...

How tiny and precious were they???! Seriously! Everyone thought the peapod was small at 6lbs. My goodness. I can't even imagine.

Jeremi said...

hi andrea! i've been over to your blog a few times but i'm terrible at comments these days ..... i've really enjoyed reading your story (so many similarities we share), and your kids are simply adorable!! love their names too : ) just wanted you to know i appreciate you stopping by my blog, and when i have more computer time i'm adding you to my blog roll. have a super day!

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

I cannot imagine how hard that must have been to have to leave Molly at the hospital...but what a sweet homecoming for Luke. And he just looks precious *lying* there in his big-boy crib. :)

Our girls were only in the NICU for 10 days, which I know doesn't compare to your stay...but I still loved seeing them in sweet little clothes and pretty little blankets, outside the sterility of the hospital. And I checked their temps for weeks after we got home...mostly out of habit, I guess. It was one of those little "safeguards" that was hard to let go! :)

Every time I look at pictures of your tiny babies, I think of the miracle they are today. We're all so blessed, aren't we?!!!