I don’t know if we’ve mentioned how much we adore getting feedback on here. Dave and I start every day by reading your comments, and we’re downright gleeful when we have a new photo to share like the smiles from yesterday! It always reminds us how many people are out there for the Bug to meet, and it makes us excited and happy.
On the advice of a nurse practitioner, we just ordered a plastic rain shield for the baby carrier. She said as long as no one’s touching Tess, that would give us a way to at least show her to people while protecting her. So laugh if you must, but we’ll be proudly introducing Tess as the bubble girl if you meet us outside of our house or with extra people over!
We’ve been worrying about how careful is careful, and how isolated she needs to be. Being first-time parents, we’ve had blinders on to an extent. Someone asked me how exactly I thought preemie parents took their little one home to older siblings! Clearly, total isolation isn’t necessary or she’d stay in the hospital; but limiting physical contact with new people, particularly those with kids, should help keep her safe. But I’m getting ahead of myself by miles. 🙂
Still, Tess is down to 3 liters oxygen flow today and graduated to a big pacifier! Growing, growing, growing. 2 pounds, 14 ounces tonight. She’s been sleeping a lot, which made me nervous until Dave pointed out her color is great and she’s breathing easily.
The days roll by, and for the most part we’re just reveling in being Tess’ parents. She has such a personality, and seeing those face-splitting smiles and how calm and contemplative she can be just rips our hearts open with joy. Not getting to be with her every minute is so hard! I can’t imagine life at home with her yet because I can’t quite believe that she’ll actually be in the nursery we made her and at family dinner, etc. Still, we feel her soaking into our universe, inspiring connection and love from the people we love – and in some ways that makes us feel like we are bringing her home already.