Saturday, May 26, 2012

Taking it All in!

See that little speck?! Welcome Home Miss Elise Diane!!

We arrived home to Seymour around 3:30 Friday afternoon! It was an emotional goodbye to all the NICU professionals...all 3 of Elise's primary doctors and her 3 primary nurses came to the bedside to say goodbye (some even made a special trip to the NICU on their day off). I did ok with the momma tears until we buckled her in the car seat and I turned around to see everyone waving goodbye. We were truly going through with it--- not a dream after all!

Our ride home was very successful! I sat in the back while Dad drove home in pre-Indy 500-race-traffic. Yuck! Elise wore her "Lil' Dr. Olsen" baby doctor scrubs as her 'riding home outfit.'

Testing out her newborn napper in her pack n' play

Per the suggestion of my OB doctor, we purchased an Angelcare Monitor for Elise's crib. It's a pad that senses the baby's breaths. If it does not signal a breath for a series of seconds, it sends very loud and fast beeps through a monitor: a.k.a. Angel Fire Alarm. Even though this monitor is designed for a crib, we thought maybe it could work for the pack n' play as well....did we ever tell you we were newbie parents???

....we were both sound asleep at midnight. The alarm goes off. Even those Elise's pack n' play is on my side of the room, G made it to her first. As he fumbled for the light, I grabbed her chest. Whew. It was rising up and down. False Alarm. We climbed back in bed with heart beats that you could hear a mile away. Sure enough, the alarm went off a second time 10 mins later. We decided it wasn't working due to the design really being for a crib, not a pack n' play. We made the mutual decision to remove it so we could get some sleep. Even though I agreed, I laid there debating our decision until fatigue took over and our alarm clock went off at 1:55 for the next feeding.

We want to keep Miss E on the same eating schedule as she was in the NICU. That means every three hours we need to wake up and feed her...8:00, 11:00, 2:00, 5:00. The 2:00 and 5:00 am bottle feeds were pretty tough, mostly because Elise wasn't hungry. We had to wake her up out of a deep sleep. She took over an hour to eat two ounces and then when we burped her, she became wide awake. We would lay her down shortly after her bottle, but it would take 30 mins or so for her to fall back asleep. An hour and a half later, we were waking up to do it all over again. We realize this is the life of newborn parents...we aren't complaining...just realizing for the first time how physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausting it can be! We have our first pediatric appointment on Tuesday morning. We will ask about when we can feed Elise based off her cues, rather than a three hour schedule. Hopefully that will get everyone a little more shut eye time.

After Miss Elise's 5:00am bottle, she thought sleeping was for the birds! We started our day. The last time this momma saw anytime before 5:00am was when I was catching an early morning flight with my mother and matron of honor to Punta Cana for our destination wedding in June 2010. Oh how time flies!

Loving my mamaRoo from the Fallis family! 

We did catch some winks when Elise laid down at 1:00pm for a two hour nap. Ready for night #2! Might explore the stroller and a walk tomorrow if the air doesn't feel like typical Indiana jungle. While in the NICU, we took preemie steps for Elise. Now it's preemie steps for Momma.

Snoozing in Momma's boppy at 4:00pm. Momma wonders why not 4am?!  :)

Can't stop staring at our miracle baby who is HOME...

G & J & E


  1. awwwww that is fabulous that she's home!!! she's gorgeous!

  2. SO happy for you guys!! MANY congrats to you guys making it home!! Enjoy the sleepless days and nights, I can't believe how quickly the time goes!!

    Keep gaining weight little Miss!!! :)

  3. What an amazing story you guys have to tell. Miss Elise is proof that God blesses us with miracles. She is beautiful :)

  4. I am a new follower and congrats on finally bringing home your sweet daughter. My son was born 9 weeks early last summer and so reading your posts made me relive our NICU experience. I am so happy to read how great Elise is doing and I know she is so happy to be at home where she belongs! Enjoy these moments as they go by so son is now 10 months and the last 10 months have flown by!

    BTW...I read about your Angel Care experience with the Pack N Play. We used our AC from night one and in the Pack N Play we put a piece of plywood down in the Pack N Play which worked great! The AC was our saving grace to allow me to get sleep after he came home. Hope it helps!