The Baby

The baby is home and healthy.

We came home on Sunday afternoon (well, more like late morning) to 4 very excited kids. It was a little bit of a crazy week. Like I mentioned before, we could not feel luckier. We had THE best group of nurses (Karen, Jen, Brooke, Terry) who looked after Olive and me along with Dr. Parkey who is just the best. We know that compared to other families, our situation was easy. She got antibiotics and got better. Lots of babies in the NICU are not as lucky as Olive, and it absolutely breaks me heart that there are mamas and daddies whose babies are there for weeks and months. I’m not sure how they do it.

You probably don’t need any more stories or explanations, so here are just lots of pictures.

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[right after birth]

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[in the recovery room]

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[danny stole Maria from school]

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[Danny with Olive who is under the oxygen space helmet]

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[hand with the IV]

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[itty bitty chest x-rays…he saw some fluid in there]

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[we spent LOTS of time looking at those numbers…]

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[she graduated from the oxygen hood to the cannula]

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[sad]

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[finally, she got to come into my room…with IV attached]

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[spoiled with flowers and gifts]

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[first real snow of winter]

I pumped a ridiculous amount of milk. I think it’s because it wasn’t THAT long ago that I quit nursing Charlotte. If I had wanted to, I probably could have pumped a tiny bit throughout my entire pregnancy because I still had some. But it was a little ridiculous the number of times Danny had to take milk home from the little nursery fridge to make room for more.

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And sweet Olive.

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Adorable M&Ms that my mom ordered to hang out to hospital guests.

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On Sunday, we got to go home.

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And now…the baby station in our room is in full force.

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The other day I attempted pictures with her. But I’m going to have to go to round 2 for birth announcements, get some with the big kids and add a hair accessory.

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[peace]

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[yawn]

 

I’m so glad we’ve finally gotten to meet Olive Jane.  I thought for sure I’d know just what she’d look like — the other kids.  But no.  Olive is her own little person.  She’s fair-skinned and light haired.  She’s gaining weight better than the other kids, hands down.   And so far, she loves Girls and Shameless.

 

She’s a keeper.

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