Dave and I have to thank all of you for your patience. We aren’t really responding to anyone as we’re still scrambling around (adoption stuff is harder without a printer for example), but we take a minute every morning to read all of your comments and it just makes our day. It’s awesome to know that even though we’re here alone and not many people will be able to meet Tess for a while, she’s got people rooting for her. The birth mom even commented on how huge our support system is!
Yesterday we were talking about trying to find an apartment and then had a wild and hairy emotion-filled day. It was amazing to be able to come back to the House, eat a home-cooked meal, have a normal conversation with a volunteer and go to our room. The little moments of sanity are unbelievably comforting. We got anther one when we were hanging out with the birth parents before afternoon care time yesterday. Joking around and laughter are still good for the soul!
12:30pm VPN fixed, after 4 hours with IT! Apparently my computer decided we never left the jci secure IP address. Such a renewed sense of normalcy to be able to sign in and get to work.
Sadly, after our industrious and productive work session in our new office (cool coffee shop called beans and brew with free functioning wifi and plugs), we found that Tess was having an off day. Nothing terrible – just a bit of trouble breathing, and they had to start a new iv since yesterday’s didn’t quite make it through today. Poor kiddo! Meggan, our awesome primary nurse, is so gentle with her (and with us) that we couldn’t get too worked up. We got her comfy on her tummy – new position!) and that seemed to be a little better. Funny side note? She actually pulled a full-size baby move and pooped in her diaper right after we changed her. 🙂
The neonatology dept head was on rounds today, and kept saying that no one told Tess she’s a preemie. Then she called her a cutie during rounds and stressed how much she loves her name. Needless to say we’re huge fans. On the advice of our smart and experienced NICU friends, we requested that the brusque nurse not be placed with us again. You guys were right; I was nervous asking but it’s a huge relief! The people here are so great that I don’t feel right settling for someone we don’t feel comfortable around.
So we’re squeezing in a post and a little work before heading back for evening care with the birth parents, and have our fingers crossed that Tess has turned it around and is back to her usual rambunctious self.
10:30pm She’s back! Tess snuggled in in her tummy position and got her breathing back. She crashed out all afternoon, was great at cares tonight for her birth parents, and we were all so relieved and happy we hung out partying in the NICU for over an hour. So nice to be friends with the people who produced this amazing little person who already has us around her little finger! We also heard there’s some Austrian followers, so I might have to break out some German eventually.