After some extra time in the hospital, we were finally able to bring Savannah home this morning! We have been itching to bring our girl home ever since I was officially discharged on Sunday, but the neonatologist wanted to keep an extra eye on her. Not only did the doctor want to watch her for 5 days after her last breathing “episode” (which was late Friday night/early Sat morning), but she developed jaundice as well. If she was at home, it wouldn’t be a big deal, but since she was already there, it became one more thing for them to watch and treat. As my OB said, once babies get into the intermediate nursery or NICU, it can sometimes be hard to get them out!
All in all, I’d much rather them be conservative, but I have to admit that this week has been tough on us, especially with me trying to breastfeed. As we kept the road to the hospital hot, I kept having to remind myself to keep perspective. After all, we had a living, breathing baby to visit and feed at the hospital! After not having the opportunity to do that with Andrew, it’s hard to not be grateful, no matter the circumstances!
Last night, we “bunked in” at the hospital, so we could spend a night with Savannah while she was hooked up to her at home monitor. The hospital is so nice to offer that service free of charge. All in all, it was a great night! I am certainly tired today, but I can’t complain a bit! The monitor only went off once, but it wasn’t anything to worry about. Sometimes it reacts when she gets super fussy during diaper changes/etc. We were given fair warning that there will be false alarms, but not to panic. We also took an infant CPR class as well, so we feel like we are prepared in the unlikely event that Savannah have another breathing issue.
So, on to the fun stuff – coming home! We found out this morning that Savannah’s bilirubin levels were still down, 24 hours after having been taken off the photo therapy treatments, so she was given the okay to come home. Of coarse, she gets discharged as the snow is sticking to the roads. Kevin didn’t feel comfortable bringing her home in our Corolla, so a dear friend picked us up in her SUV and brought us home. It’s been so wonderful to be at home with her! We are on cloud nine!