Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The BEST Christmas Present Ever!!!

When I arrived at the hospital early this morning to begin my daily rituals with my baby in the NICU (feeding her, singing to her, reading to her, changing her diaper, etc), I was shocked at what awaited me.

Little One was:

1. Wearing clothes! She's usually just in a diaper since it's hot in the isolette (incubator).

2. Breathing on her own! The RT, nurse and doctor took away her CPAP machine. Little One is breathing on her own without the assistance of CPAP or low-flow oxygen!
She still has her NG tube for her feeds since she isn't breastfeeding or bottle feeding exclusively yet.
3. This was by far the biggest surprise...Little One is now in a crib!!! She is no longer in her isolette and is sleeping in a CRIB!!!! That means she's regulating her own body temperature. She's a big girlie, my Little One! Wait until her Daddy sees her! He will be surprised!
Not bad for a baby who is 34 weeks "corrected", eh? For a little one that was born at 28 weeks gestation, she is amazing. She is now breastfeeding, regulating her own body temperature, breathing on her own, gaining weight steadily, tolerating her feeds, and just doing great all around!

Little One's milestones are the best Christmas presents I can ask for. All I want is for my baby to be healthy, strong, and big enough so we can finally go home soon!

On my way home from the hospital I stopped off at Toys 'R Us to buy Little One some Christmas presents. Since she is now in a crib, the parent resource nurse suggested I get her a mobile that will stimulate her and help her development, as well as a mirror (which will also stimulate seeing, movement, exploring, interacting and more).

Little One's buddy in the NICU has a really cool mobile by Fisher Price. The way the animals are positioned is perfect for the baby to see since the animals are facing down, looking at the baby. The leaves are shiny and they move up and down. The rainforest friends dance around and entertain baby. I thought it was a great idea, even though it doesn't really go with Little One's farm theme in her room at home. Anyway, the mobile is colourful, bright, AND it plays music from Mozart, Bach and Beethoven! How great is that? Little One was listening to classical music in utero, so she is no stranger to the works of the Bach, Mozart and Beethoven! We can also alternate between classical music and the soothing sounds of the rainforest.

Price: $54.99

I also picked this up for Little One: It's the Fisher Price Miracles and Milestones Rhymes-Go-Round Mirror. Originally, I was going to go to the Dollar Store to get Little One a large mirror so she could look at herself while she's in her crib. The parent resource nurse suggested I do that. When I got to Toys 'R Us, I found the Miracles and Milestones mirror. It was originally $59.99 and then marked down to $39.99. When I got to the cashier to check out, I was informed that it was now on clearance and was further reduced to $19.99.

I'm aware that Little One would have probably been just as happy with a Dollar Store mirror, but this one is more interactive and it's musical.

I also bought her two little preemie outfits. I know she is growing like crazy, but she doesn't have many preemie onesies. She's got tons of 0-3 months and 6-9 months outfits, but nothing she can wear right now except for the few items some of my girlfriends bought her. C'mon...I had to buy her something! It's her first Christmas! :)

I know it's way too late to get this for a last minute Christmas gift or stocking stuffer, but I simply must tell you about these wonderful little things called Wee Warmers! The maker of Wee Warmers sent Little One two pairs of these adorable, stylish leg warmers. These were her first preemie sized Wee Warmers, so Little One will take them for a test run! :)
Not only do they protect baby's knees when crawling and keep legs warm when exposed to the cold when baby is being carried, but they also make diaper changes easier by not having to take off and put on all the extra clothing! Brilliant!

I am soooooo buying these for all of my friends' babies!


Anonymous said...

Wow! Thats so great !

C said...

Gadget Girl:
I know!!! When you see her next week, you'll see her looking like a "newborn" and not so much like the teeny tiny preemie she was in the beginning! She's still small, but nothing compared to what she was like when she was newly born! What date will you be here? XO

AnnieM said...

What a wonderful Christmas gift! So happy for you all! Merry Christmas!

t said...

chris, i have a half day today since its christmas eve so i'm going to come down and visit you and the baby. expect me around 2-ish! is there anything you need?> let me know.

Dina said...

wow a crib!!! that is awesome :)
When i saw her i couldn't imagine that she was so tiny at birth!! She looks so perfect and BIG!!
The preemie clothes are soooo cute! i'm happy they make things to fit babies her size!
Those Wee Warmers are similar to baby legs...i LOVED them for E and am definitely going to get some for M too! I usually put them on under his pants though for an extra layer of warmth :)

Uncivil said...

Merry Christmas C
I know this has to be the best Christmas EVER.

Those "wee warmers" are fodder for my mischievous thought processes!!!!!LOL!!!!
Think about it!!!!LOL!!!!
I won't even go there!!!!

I've ruined many a good Christmas songs by rearranging the words. The guys at work used to get so mad at me.......they would say...."stop it!......you've ruined another song for me....I can never think about it the same way again"!!!!!!!

Merry Christmas to you and little one and proud papa too!

Patti McKenzie said...

I guess you got your "Merry Christmas Mommy" from your Little One!! She is definately an amazing little girl. Have an awesome Holiday with her and hubby. And Merry Christmas from me and my family too!!

C said...

Little One has officially been off her CPAP for 24 hrs and is doing well in her crib! She needs to get used to all the lights and noises though. She's a big girl now! LOL! Well, big for a preemie born at 28 weeks! :)

Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family!

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C said...

Alrighty! I'll see you then! :) I don't need anything...just come and visit!

C said...

I KNOW! Crazy, eh? When you see her next, she'll be even bigger! I really enjoyed your visit with Danielle and the girlies the other day. Hope to spend time with you again soon!

By the way, don't get M any Wee Warmers! I'm going to get her a pair!

C said...

OMG! You totally crack me up! I'm sitting here in the hospital lounge laughing at what you wrote! Ewwwww...Mental image is not pretty! LOL!

C said...

Hey! Thanks sooooooo much for checking in on us regularly! :) Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

How's the pregnancy going? I still cannot believe we were supposed to deliver the same week!

VE said...

Oh, what a wonderful Christmas you will have! Hope to see you from time to time on the other side for more fantastical nonsense fun!

Palm Springs Savant said...

So sweet!

Wishing you (all) a Merry Christmas!


caninecologne said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family C!!!! Those are wonderful photos of your daughter! Wow, she's in a crib already too! :)

Wishing you all a happy holiday!

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C. K. said...

Merry Christmas, honey... for you and your little darling a wonderful beautiful glorious Christmas. Love always, ck

louann said...

Wow C! Your post title absolutely fits the whole post completely! You must be soooo happy! =)

Barbara said...

Merry Christmas. I have been reading your blog for a little bit now and am so happy to see that your little one is making so many gains. What a wonderful Christmas gift for her Mom!


Karen MEG said...

That's amazing, no wonder you're going crazy with these Christmas goodies for the Little One ... she looks like such a "big girl" now in the crib LOL!

Happy Christmas and Boxing Day to you and your family C.

Sharon - Mom Generations said...

I have been thinking about you so much... and the miracle of Little One... at this special time. And then to see her in clothing! It just made my day! Little One is one tough little cookie... and soon she'll be picking out her own clothing and bedroom furniture and even her own leggings! Wow! Your family is the meaning of Merry Christmas!

Rosie : ) said...

She is growing up so fast! I feel like she'll be 13 by the tiem we meet her. ;)

Jeanna said...

Great news, glad to see the wonderful progress. Thinking of you. Stay warm.

Veronica said...

Oh she's getting so big!

t said...

haven't heard from you in a few days and you haven't updated the blog. are you ok? how are things? give me a shout and let me know how things are going. i can pop by the hospital this week if your up for company in case john doesn't come for new years

Veronica said...

I was having the same thoughts as t. Haven't heard from you for a bit, hoping everything is still well.

BeachMama said...

Wow, C, that is so wonderful. I hope you guys had a fantastic Christmas. Little One is getting so big, I know you will be home with her soon.

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