Since Micah was working, I had to meet him at the hospital on the evening we brought Audrey home. After only 10 days in the NICU, we were discharged! It felt like a long time to us, but we also know that there are plenty of babies who have to stay a lot longer.
Audrey in her car seat ready to head home, but obviously not happy about it at the moment (the blanket was made for Ezra by Ezra & Audrey’s Oma in Germany, but I thought it was appropriate that Audrey use it on her homecoming). Thankfully, she quieted down & eventually fell asleep once she was in the car!
When we walked in the door, Micah was carrying the car seat & Ezra was at the top of the stairs. Without turning the carseat around Micah asked, “Who’s in here, Ezra?” & he said, “BABY AUDREY!!!” He was even more impressed when he saw that Audrey had brought him an elmo for a present.
Meeting Baby Audrey for the first time
Holding his baby sister!
Ezra has been quite concerned about Audrey when she makes noise. When she cries he says, “Baby sad.” He pats her head & gives her hugs. He gets her pacifier for her as well as her blanket, her stuffed animals, & extra clothes (mom’s lap sometimes gets a bit full when she is trying to feed the baby!) He also pokes her in the face & yells, “Wake up, baby, wake up!” when she is napping. I guess we have to be thankful for the good things at this point & realize that we will have a few things to work on!
Audrey had an appointment with the pediatrician today & did so well! She weighs 4 pounds, 12 ounces (back to her birth weight plus 3 ounces) and is now 17 inches long. The pediatrician felt that while she is still a bit jaundiced, it is a mild case & as long as she continues to eat well & fill her diapers it should go away fairly soon. We have a nurse from the hospital coming to check on Audrey tomorrow & next week, another check-up with the pediatrician next week, & an appointment with some specialist in 10 days that will check on how Audrey is doing with the monitor. This poor little girl has had more poking, more prodding, more blood draws, & more doctors appointments than any person her age should have to go through (especially considering that she isn’t even supposed to be here yet), but we are just thankful that so far everything has been so positive! God is truly to be praised!