Monday, December 22, 2008

A Day of Many Gifts


I know that having a baby is an emotional time. Having a baby in the NICU is a pretty crazy roller coaster ride. Yesterday, though Little One was doing amazingly, I was just a bit bummed at the possibility spending Christmas at the hospital...just the baby and me. Christmas has always been my favourite time of the year. I've always spent it with family and friends. This, being Little One's first Christmas was supposed to be even more special. Plans don't always go the way we expect them to though. I had a crying session with Hubby on the phone. The poor guy must really worry about me because I get so teary and weepy when I talk to him.

Today was a better day though.
1) Little One is a champion breast feeder! She is a little milk monster!
2) She is breathing on her own (no CPAP and no low-flow! Just her breathing on her own)!
3) She's getting pretty chunky!
4) I noticed that she has a tiny little hole (more like an indentation that looks like a pin prick) above her ear. This is a trait from my grandfather (on my mom's side). My granddad, one of my aunts, two of my cousins, Middle Bro, my nephew and now Little One all have that birth mark! I was really shocked when I spotted it while I was breastfeeding her today!
5)The nurse who was in the room with us when I delivered Little One Little One FLEW out of me showed up at Little One's bed side in the NICU. To be reunited with her again just brought tears to my eyes. I will always be grateful to her for being such a calming presence and for being such a great support. She will always be very special to us. I cried, she cried, we hugged...it was a total crying fest! She was so happy to see Little One so big and strong. She said she remembers just seconds after LO's birth that she was the first Code Pink she's ever had to call and that when she scooped up LO from the bed (where she landed beside my foot), LO just fit in the palm of her hand! Now you need two hands to hold LO because she's getting so big!
6) My two wonderful friends, Gavie's Gal and Nathanial's Mom came to visit me at the hospital and meet Little One. We also had lunch in the rather overpriced coffee shop/cafeteria downstairs at the hospital. It was so nice to get together again. The three of us were roommates many moons ago. Now we're all married and we're all mommies. Amazing what changes can come about in but a few years. What amazes me even more is how different our lives are now. We sort of laughed and joked about how none of us ever foresaw me living on an island and marrying a farmer!

Thank you Gavie's Gal and Nathanial's Mom! Love you both! XO

5 comments:

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

I'm glad things are looking up for you! I hope your husband is able to make it there for Christmas to be with you. If not, think of poor baby Jesus! He had to sleep in a manger. ;)

C said...

J:
:) True!

Ellie said...

Hi Christine! I know at this time of year being away from those you love is really hard. When we were moving here and Mike was gone for the majority of 4 months, it was just awful,and a very dark time for me. It totally made me appreciate what I have been blessed with. I pray that John can get there for Christmas! And I am so glad that your sweet baby girl is doing so well. I am proud of you for being strong, even when you feel like you can't be.

Love,
Ellie

Dina said...

hey christine,
it was so wonderful to spend some time with you and D!! I promise to try and get down to see you more often...maybe i'll just drive down rather than subway (the better way- my ass!!)

Also- i'm praying that John is able to make it to TO for Christmas. We dont' even celebrate it and i find it kind of hard during the holiday season to be home alone without friends or family over! I can't imagine how you would feel- especially given the situation you are coping with right now!. Remember that i am really only a call away!!! PLEASE let me know if you need anything and i'll be there in an instant!
xoxo
D

Danielle said...

Hello there my friend. It was amazing to see your little one and I am so happy to hear of the progress she has made. I want to come and see you again soon. I loved hanging out with you a D, it was like old times. I am so happy that with all our changes we are all friends. If you need anything please let me know. Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful little girl.
Love ya

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