Well, the panic has officially worn off. Dave hit snooze this morning and we almost missed morning cares! Turns out we’re as exhausted as we think we are. On our way out the door, the manager told us we could move to the second Ronald McDonald house, which used to be a b&b. So we ran to cares, ran back to pack and clean, went to the new house to register, ran back for rounds with the car packed to the gills, and after working for the afternoon (Dave – not me. I read a novel.), went back again to move into our semi-permanent SLC home. It was a bit of a free-for-all, but what a difference! We think the Ron McDonald houses in general are mind-blowingly needed/thoughtful/comforting (I could go on), but this one is full of windows and wood paneling. It’s beautiful! There’s trees outside our windows, and the neighborhood looks perfect for walks, assuming we can ever be here when it’s light out. AND another NICU mom from our hospital is saying there! I’m going to attempt to make friends, as thus far we really only socialize with the nurses. They’re pretty amazing though!
Aside from the housing, today was pretty standard. Tess still needs oxygen, so they’re building her feeds up slowly to allow her some adjustment time. Aside from that, we’re hoping the IV can come out tomorrow (no picc maybe!). She’s still adorable and cranky when you wake her. We’re in love! (god knows Dave knows how to deal with a cranky woman – he doesn’t even look suitably impressed when she complains! (Tess I mean – he always looks suitably impressed when I complain!)
Our favorite nurse is away on vacation for the next few weeks, and we already miss her. She’s funny and incredibly sweet with the baby and us. Hearing about her son’s hockey exploits keeps us in stitches, which you need in here. There’s currently a really sick baby in the NICU, and you can tell it weighs in the staff a lot. These people put their hearts and souls into caring for so many fragile, helpless little people. It’s amazing to know that one struggling baby impacts so many people, despite the quantity of babies that come through here.
We went out for a grown-up dinner and then came back for evening cares. Kat and Spencer came by for the 6pm cares, and left the hat Kat knit while on bedrest! So cute. Thanks guys! Then Dave got surprise kangaroo care, and they’re talking about making it a daily occurrence. Daily kangaroo! My heart might explode. Dave may beat me to it. Lol
So our strange little Utah life continues. Today seemed to be a bit of a turning point in that it actually felt routine. We’re admiring these beautiful trees everywhere covered in blossoms against the backdrop of the mountains, making friends at our cafe, the House and the hospital – but we miss our families, friends, dog, house and life back home. So keep missing us back! It makes it easier somehow. 🙂