On the Launching Pad

When I arrived at the NICU today, one of the other NICU moms (I won’t name names!) said to me, “I didn’t see an update this morning…”

Ok, ok, I know. I didn’t post! For the first time since I started this blog I went for more than 24 hours without posting. But come on, people! I was grading exams, writing homeroom reports, getting ready to share our apartment with three teeny tiny people (and a host of helpers, I hope). It’s been busy! Anyway, I’ve got some updates from the last couple of days, so here’s your fix.

We THINK everybody’s coming home on Saturday. At this point, discharge summaries have been signed, doctors and nurses have already said goodbye to us, so we think it’s really happening. But after 64 days, I will believe it when I see it.



Weight: 5 lbs, 4.6 ounces

Vaccinations? Check!

Known for: Impressing the doctors and nurses with his fast feeds

New today: Henry had to give a bit more blood today. Just a follow-up on what we assume (hope) is a false positive on his newborn screening. He’s a trouper, but boy did he wail when he was pricked!



Weight: 6 lbs 0.2 ounces

Vaccinations? Check!

Known for: Hello?! Did you see how much he weighs?

New today: Again, see “weight”



Weight: 5 lbs 10.6 ounces

Vaccinations? Check!

Known for: Interrupting rounds with her hiccups. They are LOUD!

New today: Her eye exam revealed that she is Stage 2 Zone 2. Premature babies’ eyes are checked frequently for ROP (retinopathy of prematurity) which is when the blood vessels grow the wrong way, and it’s common in preemies because of the use of oxygen therapy. Sophie was barely on oxygen, so everyone’s a bit surprised that she might have aggressive blood vessel growth in her retinas, but we’ll follow up with the eye doctor next week. As out-patients!

Who’s that hiding under there?

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There. I posted. Are you happy? 🙂

One thought on “On the Launching Pad

  1. OMG Elsie! This is one auntie who is beyond thrilled and excited for you and Will!
    Can’t wait to hold them all and snuggle and cuddle them at home in your apt! You are both AMAZING parents and we are all so proud of you and how you handled this time of joy and stress and wonder at the same time!! . I have happy goosebumps as I write this and yes a few tears running down my cheeks as we await the home arrival of the three cutest munchkins who have personalities we already love thanks to their Mommy’s blog!
    Well done Els and Will. 🙂
    Love you lots,
    Bumbie and Uncle Jimmy

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