It would have been very easy for me to call the nurse during Elise's crying episode. After all, I am still somewhat timid with Elise because of all the medical concerns and not feeling like she is 100% ours. However, before we know it, she will be coming home with us. There will be no more CPAP and monitors everywhere, but no more nurses either.
I'm sure my feelings are normal for first time mommies, but it was interesting today recognizing how dependent I am on Elise's nurses. I have also discovered that the parent bonding process does not happen overnight. Elise and I need a sign that reads "under construction." I am 100% confident that we will have a very strong bond someday (just like my mother and me), but it will take time to get to know one another and get to a point that we can read each others' minds. I will wait patiently for that time to come, but until then, I can say we are underway!
After our holding session, the doctor came by to say the CPAP is starting to be weaned! She started at 6 cm of pressure last Friday and they turned her down to 5cm today. Once she is weaned to approximately 4cm they will start looking at graduating from the CPAP to the nasal cannula. When I left Elise today, she was handling the less pressure quite well and needing about 27% oxygen.
|See Momma...you already know I like my pacifier and I ALWAYS keep my hands by my face! :)|
As we begin to dream about the day Elise comes home with us, her nursery has gone 'under construction'. If you remember a few post back, selecting the right shade of grey for the nursery walls took an entire day. I'm glad we finally found the right shade because I'm in love with her wall color!
I also love the blackboard for Miss E to make pretty pictures on someday (and write her spelling words 5x each before the test...ok, calm down Momma Teacher!) Coming soon...a wooden pink border around the blackboard and wacky painted 123s and ABCs in the corners.
We had our handyman Eric stop by tonight to start on some of the building projects. As I mentioned before, her closet didn't have any hardware for hanging clothes. Eric was able to put in some racks, shelves, and will eventually put in a toy box.
He installed the chandelier tonight as well. I love the idea of feminine lighting in a nursery. However, since we both despise the word "princess" and everything about it, I wanted feminine but not 'princessy'. I think this chandelier fits a 'little lady' perfectly.
|Ok, so no one was running to the store for the 3rd bulb before the picture.|
Eric also put together Elise's crib tonight! I know other mothers have mixed opinions about the attached changing table to the crib. I hope I like it! We shall see. I certainly love the crib! Grant and Uncle Shane can attest to how heavy it was going up our staircase!
Many more things to come in the nursery! It is so exciting to see it underway!
G & J & E