Today was Charlie’s third full day home and we’re doing our best to get him all settled in to a routine. Right now I feel like Charlie isn't sleeping very well. It seems as though he's simply taking little cat naps here and there but not really settling in to a restful sleep. Joe suggested that Charlie might sleep better if he was swaddled tightly (for some reason we hadn't been doing that) so after his 12:30 AM bottle last night Joe swaddled him up before putting him in the bassinet and Charlie slept for about 3 hours - his longest stretch so far. But after that he went back to the little naps. I think this lack of solid sleep is making him tired and perhaps that is why he hasn't been taking his bottles as well. I feel as if he's not taking as much per feeding as he was in the NICU and he seems so pokey with them, sometimes taking over 45 mintues from start to finish. Many people have suggested to me that Charlie is just getting adjusted to his new surroundings so I'm hoping that's all it is. Any suggestions or experiences?
Aside from these few concerns, things with Charlie are going well. Our dog Tucker met Charlie yesterday and so far the two of them are doing well together, meaning that neither is all that interested in the other. We took Charlie for his first walk this afternoon since the weather was so nice. I pushed Charlie in the stroller while Joe walked Tucker. Tucker had a grand time. Charlie slept. Maybe that's the key to him getting some good rest.... My mom came over this evening to visit with Charlie. She came over with my sister on Thursday, but her co-worker had been sick so my mom did not hold Charlie just in case she was carrying any germs. So tonight was her first time holding him and she enjoyed every second of it. Charlie seemed to enjoy it too - he snoozed contently in her arms the entire time.
Our love bug Lily had a good day. She was super wide awake during my afternoon visit today and her wide-eyed gazing attracted the attention of many of the nurses and doctors. At one point she had three nurses standing over her telling her how beautiful she is. No wonder she doesn't want to leave the NICU - who would want to give up consant adoration? I promised her that we would adore her just as much at home! But in the NICU she is a princess - a fact that was reinforced by her nurse Julia today, who came across a little pink princess crown headband and bestowed it on the Bug. Lily loved wearing the crown and showing off her royalty status to the world.
Tomorrow will mark Charlie and Lily's 99th day of life. We have talked for a long time about wanting to make sure that they didn't hit triple digets while still in the NICU. We made sure to tell this to Lily so she can get her tiny butt home!
Charlie and his Crackers!
The Cuddles and Naps Division is going above and beyond its duties.
This is quite different from the previous visits with Lily; she was wide awake and happy to show off her beauty!