|March 16, 2011 - 1st Day home|
|They finally meet|
|First picture of all 4 of us !|
Emily was quite happy as well. She got to meet her little brother the day before on Tuesday in the hospital. Her innocence looked past the beeping machines, feeding tube and the IV line on his head and was SO happy to finally see this baby brother we were all talking about. It was amazing to see her smile and be so excited. However the next day when we brought him home, though she was also happy and excited, she was also more needy, wanting her paci for more than sleeping and wanted to keep forcing her baby brother to take his paci, which he doesn't take unless he's hungry. Today, the second day in, she's a little better and that is to be expected. I know it was going to be hard going from one to two children, but between the fortifying, pumping, feeding, administering meds and getting the baby to sleep, leaves little time for Emily time with mommy, so I don't blame her for her behavior and only wish it gets better for all four of us.
Back to John, he has done well at home for the first 24 hours and so have Joe and I. We got decent amount of sleep and the house is not a complete mess yet, I have much more to do in order to organize our new normal routine but baby steps is our theme lately. I prepare a 24 hour chart that points out each feeding time, medicine time, wet diaper count, vomit time, pulse ox spot check and a space for notes. All this will be on a quiz later when the home nurse comes and visits 3 times a week. I didn't pass my first quiz today because I did not have the exact amount of wet/soiled diapers John has had since we came home but I will not be unprepared again !!! I am also working on putting together John's binder of information we have received including the paperwork from the hospital, nurses, doctor visits, medications, etc.
We are pretty much sequestered at home with John as he has strict orders from ALL cardiologists on his team to stay away from public (germ infested) places and from allowing sick visitors. As we became OCD now, we purchased loads of hand soap and gallons of antibacterial hand sanitizers for us and foaming fun ones for Emily. It just so happens that Emily just began to cough and have a sniffly nose since yesterday and I have to call the pediatrician to make sure I don't have to come in with her. I was ok'd to take John for limited walks around the neighborhood and on the back yard when it gets nicer outside. We do have a cardiologist appointment next Thursday and of course that is a necessary outing.
For now we will try to work on a routine or "organized chaos" as most heart moms call it and hope I don't end up medicated as well as my sister likes to call it.