Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Shhh.... she's sleeping....




Okay, I have about 15 minutes before feeding time.... I think I can get a quick post in... where do I even start???? So many things have come to me to write about... and I still trying to find the balance between getting a memory written or typed so that it will last ... and just enjoying the moment.... I've been doing a lot of the latter lately :)


So, from here I can look into the living room and see a baby sleeping in her swing... The long awaited day finally came, and we were able to walk out of the hospital as a complete family for the first time. I'll need to type up the story for our sakes in a bit...so you'll have to put up with random flashbacks if you're trying to keep up with us...

Having her home has been the biggest relief. It's been so many emotions all at once: elation, fear, exhaustion, peace... but mostly just the relief of having the other shoe drop, of closing a chapter and starting a new one... of not having to drive 45 minutes every day just to sit and look at her!! Can I tell you how incredible it is to finally just hold her... feed her... hold her again... then let her fall asleep on your chest... and nobody says: Looks like it's time to put her back...
A great blessing of having a NICU baby is that she's already on a schedule... and she sticks to it really well. She eats every 3 hours.. then sleeps. Sometimes she fusses a bit but it's nothing that a binky or the vibration of her swing can't make her forget about. She eats pretty well... still falls asleep by the end of her bottle sometimes, but that's less and less as the days go by.... We're excited for the days when she doesn't have to wake up to eat at night.. but she's never really kept us up... so we won't complain!


The absolute best is when she's wide awake...and just looks up at you with her big eyes and just watches you... She's such a sweet, pleasant baby...we really are lucky.



I'll try to be more regular about our postings.. but I wanted to get this one up before too many more people asked if we'd dropped off the face of the earth ... :) Thank you all for your great notes and posts and letters and texts of congratulations... you've been with us through it all... it's a life lesson in charity we'll never forget....

16 comments:

Corrales Clan said...

I am so happy for you. She really is beautiful.

Holly said...

I know absolutely what you are talking about. Congratulations again and relish every moment because they grow up way too fast!

Blessings to you and yours,
Holly

Dustin & Erin said...

Aw. She's beautiful. I'm happy for you guys. And, our doctor asked us to bring in the car seat today! Yay! :)

mandy h. said...

So wonderful! She is such a beautiful baby girl! So, so glad she's home and all is well. What a miracle!

Jen said...

what a beauty!

Waggoner Family said...

Congrats! I am so happy for you guys! She is a doll!

Garrett-Ashley & our Peanuts said...

CONGRATS!!!!! What a wonderful day! I am so excited for you and your darling family!!! ENJOY!!!!!

Brady and Taryn said...

Thats a great pic of dad and daughter napping on the couch! or were you guys watching the BYU game? ;) love you guys!
B&T

Dusty + Mary Anne said...

hooray! oh this is such great news...great news. you guys are an adorable family! I'm so happy for you right now. She is so precious...so small. Oh I can't even imagine how happy it must be to have her home!

Jenn and Seth Phillips said...

News travels quickly and I have heard probably bits and pieces of what's been going on recently with your baby and pregnancy from a whole lot of different people. I recently talked to Jennie and she told me to check out your blog.......wow what can I say, I am so glad that she is home with you now. I can't imagine the hardships you've faced and both Seth and I wish you the best from here on out, we hope that she continues to grow and develope and that she also becomes stronger and healthier with each day. Children are so precious and you can't help but fall so in love with them. If you need anything please let me know. I really do wish you the best and I hope that everything is perfect for you and your little one from here on out.

Jenni Hinckley said...

she is so cute!

Jes said...

that makes me cry... and makes me more grateful for my holy terror!

The Piersons said...

I am so happy that she is home. She looks so very beautiful and peaceful when she is sleeping.

Jim & Jess said...

Love you Steph! Just thinkin about ya.

Your Sis,

Jess

Shane and Kendra said...

Congratulations! She is so sweet and absolutely adorable...enjoy every minute.

Lindsey said...

What a little miracle! She's beautiful you guys! You're so great at posting I have a hard time keeping up. Glad to hear everything is going well! Hope to see you at Christmas!