After some talk about baby saftey and whatnot, we were finally allowed to take Liam home.
The car ride was pretty easy, nothing to speak of really.
But we’re just happy he’s home and, quiet frankly, glad he’s on a pretty rigid schedule. I think the one thing I need right now is a schedule :)
Tara and I got all excited yesterday as the nurses in the special care nursery were saying that it’s looking really good that Liam will be coming home today. He’s feeding more than he needs to in the allotted, and today he would be 35 weeks old.
Those were the last two major hurdles that he had to pass.
However, we called this morning to get an update, and apparently the little guy had a bit of a time keeping his temp up and they had to keep him really bundled. So right now we’re waiting for the doctors rounds to be over and we’ll give them another call to see what’s what.
With the news yesterday, were left scrambling a little to get the last last minute things sorted out. The main thing was to get a bassinet so that Tara wouldn’t have to travel up and down stairs all day. She’s not allowed to. Actually, she’s allowed one trip up and down, and that’s all. Well, until she’s finally healed that is. Tara’s Mom and I whipped around town yesterday to find one that didn’t cost a million dollars. We found bupkis. There was just nothing to be had. So our last resort was this little consignment place that’s about a minute away. It kinda smells and for the most part is over priced, but it did have the one thing we were looking for at a good price. I think it’s still a bassinet, just without legs. Which is fine, all it has to do is hold Liam in place and out of the dogs way. And this does the trick. It just needs to be cleaned.
Enough of that, I’m sure you’re just here to see pictures of Liam!
So there are a few updates for today.
First and foremost I want to thank everyone that’s passed along their congratulations and well wishes. I’ve read them all, but it’s taking a little time to get back to them all :)
Today Tara came home. She had her staples removed and is doing pretty well. She has pain meds for home, and misses Liam already :) It’ll be a long road to be fully recovered, but I can already see improvement daily, as long as she doesn’t push herself(or has a nurse to push her) too much.
Liam is doing better than we could have ever expected. Before he’s allowed to come home he has to pass a bunch of milestones, and so far, he really only has one more to pass, which comes up on Monday. So, unless there’s an odd setback, it’s very possible that he’ll be home as early as Monday :)
He’s eating well, both from Tara and the bottle. He’s breathing on his own, and he’s been moved from the incubator to a standard cot.
When he does come home there are rules and whatnot that we’ll have to follow, which will be hard because one of the main rules is that we’re not allowed to fuss over him and just let him rest. Sounds easy, but to new parents, this’ll be a challenge :)
So we’re likely to hold off on visits or just limit them to certain times of day.
I haven’t posted pictures yet, but my Mother has, so you can look her up on facebook. I will be posting my pictures to the wedding site and here, just have to get around to it :)
So we’re tired, which of no surprise to anyone. But we’re doing well.
More updates when they happen :)
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With the baby due Wednesday morning, I’m getting a lot of the typical questions:
Are you excited to be a Dad? Is everything ready for baby? Do you need anything? How are you feeling?
How am I feeling? I don’t know.
That’s the truth as I know it.
I guess there’s just a lot wrapped up in all of this.
On the one hand I’m worried about Tara. She’s the one in the hospital, she’s the one having to go through the surgery, she’s the one with the Mother on the other side of the country. So I worry.
On the other hand, I’m scared for Liams health. He’ll be early, by more than a few weeks, and there can be a whole host of complications there.
Yet on another hand(I think I’m borrowing some hands now) I want to stay positive about everything. They tell us to always be positive around Liam when he’s in the special care nursery, and I want to be positive around Tara as much as possible to keep her positive.
So how am I feeling? I still don’t know, and I won’t really know until I get to see and hold him. Then, I’m sure, I’ll be a wreck :)
Tara called this morning, and as the doctors are happy with her little ‘excursions’ out of the hospital, they’re going to release her so that she can be home for the next couple of days, and then check her back in terribly early on Wednesday.
I can’t tell you how happy I am that she’ll be able to spend the next couple of days here instead of hospitalized for no good reason. I’m sure she’ll be happy just to be able to get some sleep :)
So keep up with the good vibes and prayers, they seem to be working :D
Tara had some reprieve from the hospital yesterday and I was able to take her home for a few hours.
I can’t help but think she really enjoyed the time away. We had a little pizza and alone time. It was really nice to be out of that tiny little room that’s shared with two other paitents.
We’re going to try again today, and really, I don’t expect much resistance. Tara hasn’t had a fever in a couple of days now and all other vitals seem to be stable. Baby is doing, well, whatever it is that babies do in there. The doctor that signed our leave of absence papers was in total agreement that a trip out was a good thing.
As Tara’s mother flies in today, it would be nice if she can be there to greet her at the airport. Not *in* the airport, as apparently my mother has forbade it. ;)
I also have the car seat clinic thingy today. It took all of two minutes to install the car seat. So I’ve either done it right or really really wrong. We’ll soon find out.
Then right after that it’s back to the hospital to give Tara some real lunch. The food there isn’t just not great, it’s pretty awful.
Anyway, off to make lunch and the check the car seat.
That’s the plan right now.
The c-section is booked for 9am Wedenesday morning. Liam will be 34 weeks and 2 days old. The upside is that through all the ultrasounds, they haven’t noticed a single little problem and he’s been about as average as average can be.
Who’d a thunk I would ever be rooting for average?
Anyway, beyond that I actually don’t have a lot of information. The only thing I do know is that there are two visitors *per day*, not at a time. I suspect Tara’s Mom is going to take one of those slots, which is her right as the far away grandma, so we can sort out the rest later. That, and I’m sure we can do some sneaky sneaky stuff if we have to.
He will be a Virgo in the year of the Tiger. Sounds pretty cool :)