I have lots of good news to report! Some of it is significant but most of it is only important to me 🙂
Good news #1: I stopped up at the NICU today to deliver a gift to my friends. I wasn’t going to stay, and wasn’t even going to bother them to say, “hello.” I just wanted to drop off my gift at the front desk and be on my way – and out of their hair. The nurses kept insisting that I see “her,” and by “her,” I think they meant the baby. I kept saying, “no, no, I don’t want to be a bother.” They would not take my gift and picked up the phone to start dialing their room! I was just appalled! The last thing I wanted was to bother these poor parents when anything could be happening at that moment, good or bad. I sighed and turned my head, and there they were in the room right next to me. I told the nurse to stop dialing, that they were right there and then I asked, “is that their room? I can’t go in their room.” I was explaining to B tonight that I just don’t want to be that person who parades in to see their little baby. She’s their baby, not a spectacle. I don’t want them to feel like they need to explain a single thing to me about what’s going on with her, what the tubes are for, etc. I want her room to remain quiet and still – and I am not a quiet person even if I try.
It turns out that the room they were in was just the family waiting room, and I was happy to go in there! So I did – and I am so glad I did! We chatted and it was really great to see them. There were tears exchanged but the good news is that they keep getting good news! This baby is unbelievable – and is on very little breathing support and has no bleeding on the brain. The one thing that isn’t going perfectly is the hole in her heart and she has surgery for that tomorrow – so please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. The surgery is routine, but as I said to my friend, as routine as it is, this is their baby and of course it’s worrisome.
I didn’t stay too long, but you could tell that they would have been fine if I’d stayed a while. I think the visit was a nice, welcome distraction. I got a very nice text message later from one of them and I think I’m going to take lunch to her this week. I am so glad I stopped up and SAW them! Those nurses know what they’re doing!
Good news #2: Matthew is consistently sleeping through the night! I mean – THROUGH.THE.NIGHT! He goes to sleep between 8 and 9 and sleeps until 6 – every single day! He even had a rough bedtime last night and I thought that it could be a rough night for us all but no – he slept until 5:56! Of course I brought him into bed with us and he slept with me WAY TOO LATE until 8:30. He wakes up crying from his night-time sleep. I think that has to mean he’s not getting enough sleep. We put him down tonight at 8:07 and I’m curious to see how he wakes up tomorrow. Anyway – that is FIVE nights in a row of continuous sleep!
Good news #3: Paleo/Primal lifestyle is going well! I did try some things this week because my milk supply was pretty low when I pumped at the end of the first week of the diet. It got progressively less and less each night. I dabbled with limited grains and dairy this week and the supply went up – but it was also up on the days that I had no grains or dairy. I think the milk supply drop was a fluke. I’m back fully on primal/paleo which means gluten/grain/dairy free. I only lost one pound this week. For the two weeks combined, I’m at 5.6 pounds lost so far.
Good news #4: Matthew fed himself for the first time tonight! Yes – I know – this is late in the game. However, when you don’t feed your baby puffs or cheerios, they’re very limited on what they can really pick up and get to their mouth without mashing it all up. He tried really really hard with peas tonight and got one pea into his mouth successfully! Now that I’ve seen him do it, we can go back to me feeding him and keeping him clean. HA!
Good news #5: Matthew has learned how to get himself down from standing positions all over the house. WHAT A RELIEF! This started yesterday and it could not be any cuter. He does not lower himself with his knees. No. He very carefully holds onto his support (me, a table, the sofa, whatever) as he steadies and lowers his tush a little. Then he lets go with both hands and falls on his tush. It is adorable! Of course we cheer him on over and over again! He stands up at his table just to plop himself back town again for practice/show. He has not pulled himself up in his crib all week so I’m not sure if he can do it in the crib or not. I have to believe he can and will if he does it everywhere else!
Good news #6: I am making progress on Matthew’s birthday banner. It is getting out of control. Had I stuck to my original plan, I would have been done by now.
Good news #7: I am working on planning my friend’s baby shower. Nothing makes me happier than planning a party! I am now planning TWO parties (birthday and shower) – so I am really excited!
Good news #8: Now that naps are back on in the crib, I have been able to do my hair EVERY day this past week. AHHHH!!! It feels so good!
See – I told you that most of it wouldn’t be important to anyone but me 😉