Day 10

A tenth of the way there, theoretically! Tess seems to be responding well to the drug therapy. The nurse practitioner looked gleeful when she said she couldn’t hear a murmur. Tess doesn’t seem like her usual squirmy self, but she’s not getting food and she still looks comfortable so we’re not too concerned.

I’m still trying to figure out how to balance work and kid. πŸ™‚ I had a fair amount of work yesterday, but realized I was a bit hosed when they changed her schedule from every 3 to every 4 hours in addition to my 4 hours on the phone with the insurance addition. I gave up and decided to work the weekend instead. That way I get everything done for Monday morning, which matters this week. A cohort at the office said, “welcome to mommyhood! Does this explain all of the late send times on my emails?!” Touché. Considering our hospital cycle doesn’t change much whether it’s Wednesday or saturday, it’s really no skin off my nose! Knowing the treatment was working made today feel almost normal. We were perky and happy to settle down and work for a few hours, grab a coffee, chat with the nurse (who also adopted!), and kick around for a little bit. It feels almost…normal. Going out last night, even just for an hour, fed into that sense of normalcy – as did joking around with the bartender! Dare I say we could live like this for a couple of months?

We’re just leaving the hospital, and Tess is awesome! They still can’t hear a murmur and her oxygen needs are down. Her need to grab everything means she can hold her nuk in her own mouth for a short while (better than the cannula!), and she’s sucking and breathing at the same time! Tonight anyway. πŸ™‚ They’ll start feeding her again tomorrow. We’re so much happier leaving her for the night with good news!

4 thoughts on “Day 10

  1. LOL – l love Tess’s finger “stretches”… such an Oplinger!!! haha! So happy to read that today went better!

    And I must say… Thank you so much for keeping these updates going! It is so awesome of you two to take the time and energy to post updates and photos for all of us in the outlying cheer-leader squads. Go, Tess!

    Give me a T – for Tenacious
    Give me an E – for Endearing
    Give me an S – for Special
    Give me an S – for … Seriously!!!

    Oh, hell, yeah! You go, girl… love you guys!!!

    Hugs! And let me know if there is anything at all I can do to help out!

    P.S. Do you have an address at the Ronald McDonald House?

  2. Ahhh yes the classic baby-flipping-the-bird pose! πŸ™‚

    Next homework: photo of Tess wearing your wedding rings like bracelets. A classic premie pic!

    • What about having Maggey’s wedding rings in her mouth like a rapper’s grill? Or maybe we can put a Band-Aid like a Pirates eyepatch!


      We are not even allowed to wear our rings right now; hell I am surprised they let me wear pants! I fully expect to be doused with lye, water boarded and then unceremoniously tossed a hospital gown the next they see us bring anything but our pretty little selves into the NICU. And let’s not mention the Dollar Bill!!!

      “Militant the nurses are, yes. Scare me they do!” -Yoda

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