Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Leaving the NICU!

Annie, Gracie, and Ruthie passed all the hurdles to get out of the NICU like little champions, so we packed up from the NICU (our second home for the last two months) and headed home!

On Monday, November 23rd we were able to leave, but it took until 6p to have everything ready. We had to get oxygen tanks exchanged and see the eye doctor before we could leave. The eye doctor has to check for ROP development in the eyes of preemies to see if there is any irregular growth that can lead to blindness. This was their third check-up and this time the doctor said their eyes had developed properly and gave them the OK to not need additional check-ups. We also had to take lots of pictures of course!

Two of our primary nurses, Vicki (left) and Mary (right). We wheeled the crib down to the eye doctor's office as it was much easier than carrying the car seats, oxygen, and monitors.

Vicki, Annie, Gracie, Ruthie, and Ann-Marie

Vicki with Annie, Gracie, and Ruthie. For the last two months Vicki has watched our girls everytime she's worked except for 2 or 3 days.

Annie, Gracie, and Ruthie getting excited to come home!

Ruthie, Gracie, and Annie ready to ride!

Let's go!

By policy the nurses are required to carry the patients to the door and into the car; and we were sure grateful for their help!

Alene (another primary nurse), Ann-Marie, and Vicki saying farewell

Happy to leave the NICU, sad to say good-bye to the many friends made while being there.

Ann-Marie's brother and his wife, David and Karen, let us borrow their van to bring the girls home in one vehicle (we still just have a four door sedan). Despite the roominess of the van, the car seats, oxygen equipment, and monitors still managed to fill up the available space.



  2. CONGRATS!!!!!!! What a long, wonderful day! And I'm so glad you got a picture of the carseats in the minivan. :) What a sight!

  3. YAY YAY YAY!!!! I'm sure last night was a very long night for you having them home but at least it was AT HOME!!!!! I'm SO so happy for you! What a wonderful Thanksgiving treat!!! We love you guys!!

  4. WOW! What wonderful news and what a perfect Thanksgiving gift! I'm sure Ellis is beside himself with excitement about having his sisters come home and actually being able to hold them and spend time with them. PLEASE let me know if you need anything!

  5. Wow! Congratulations, we are just SO excited for you guys! Happy Thanksgiving...one you will never forget and cherish forever. Love, The Shuldbergs

  6. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you guys to finally be able to be home.

  7. Wonderful!!! We are so happy for you guys and hope that everything is going well. Those are three very lucky little girls :) Janeal

  8. We are so proud of all of you, and happy for you all too!! What an adventure. We've loved being able to check on you every day. What a blessing to be able to take them all home. We think you better keep Ellis home too for help! Our prayers continue to be with you all. Hope the blog continues. Con amor---Gordon and Emolyn Wilson

  9. What a memorable drive home.
    I'm so happy for all of you. I hope everything is going well for everybody.

  10. Wow! What a milestone! I am so happy for all of you! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I think you are right........"let the wild rumpus begin!"

  11. YEAH! That's such a wonderful feeling! Good luck on your wild rumpus!