Sunday, September 23, 2012

Alyssa is Home!

Last week Joel got his feeding tube out and we were waiting for Alyssa to start eating all her meals so she could get hers taken out. Finally Sunday morning Alyssa pulled out her tube on her own. When the nurse came into the room, she told Alyssa she had to eat all her meals that day or she would put the tube back in. So that day Alyssa ate ALL her meals, and she never got the tube put back in. I think it is hilarious that she pulled out her own tube and did not wait for doctor's orders.

The next day, Monday, Alyssa took her car seat test, to prove that she could sit in it for 90 minutes without having a significant drop in her heart rate or oxygen level and passed.

Also that day we had our free photo session, since Joel & Alyssa were finally ready to show off their cute faces, tube free.

Tuesday Alyssa was discharged from the hospital, at exactly two months old, and 6 pounds 7 ounces.

Upon arrival home, Kaitlyn was happy to point and smile at the new baby.

When it was time to change Alyssa's diaper, Kaitlyn was a little unhappy that she couldn't see what was going on when I put Alyssa on the changing table. When the diaper was changed I handed the dirty one to Kaitlyn and she happily put it in the pail. Then it was time to get Alyssa some milk. Kaitlyn watched carefully, and was especially interested when I sat Alyssa up to burp. Kaitlyn grabbed my hand, moved it away, and started patting Alyssa on the back. She thought it was a great game!
Alyssa has been sleeping a lot these first few days at home, which is helpful for me to have a little time for Kaitlyn. The first full day home together Kaitlyn wanted to spend a lot of time in my lap, and threw a few tantrums when she wanted more milk or wanted me to read a book and I asked her to wait. 

It is awfully cute when Kaitlyn runs over to peek into the crib and see Alyssa. And sometimes when Alyssa lets out an "I'm hungry" squeal, Kaitlyn squeals back. Kaitlyn even tried her hand at holding a bottle.

Of course, the hardest part about having Alysa home, is that I still need to visit Joel in the hospital everyday. It is so hard to see him all alone in his room now, without his sister. He really needs to come home. But, we are pretty overwhelmed with the thought of what life will be like when he does come home. I managed to make it to Alyssa's first appointment with our pediatrician, with Kaitlyn along, and the whole time I was thinking how I would ever manage to take all three somewhere. Oh well, I think I will just try to enjoy my time with Alyssa and Kaitlyn right now.

My Girls!
Welcome home Alyssa!

1 comment:

sbollen said...

Love all your updates! I hadn't been on your blog for awhile. Darling updates and such sweet pictures of your family. Alyssa looks so little! We're praying for Joel to come home.