Apparently, Lily just loves the NICU. She loves her nurses and she loves the doctors and she loves that she is currently the oldest baby there (actually, the 2nd oldest baby there is only half Lily's age, so it's not even close). She's not doing anything terrible, but she just can't seem to go 24 consecutive hours without having a brady episode. She had two today: one early this morning and one after her noon feeding. Both were very quick and she didn't need any help getting her heart rate back up, but they won't release her until she can go a day without one. Dr. Hiatt optimistically assured me that she'll be ready to go within a few days-- we really, really hope he's right. We love having Charlie home but it would be so much better if his sister were here too!
Speaking of Charlie, he's getting somewhat used to things here. He had a better night last night and was able to get a little more sleep-- though certainly not as much as we are hoping he gets tonight. He had his first pediatrician visit today and that went well. The doctor basically said all the things we've been hearing from the NICU staff so there's nothing new to report there. The highlight of the day was definitely Charlie's first bath. Oh, how much fun we had! Charlie was kind enough to pee all over me while I was carrying him the few feet from his changing table (where I stupidly removed his diaper) to the bathtub. Then he was all smiles for the first minute with his tiny butt in the water. He really seemed to enjoy the warm water being gently washed over his growing belly. But then, for some random reason, he decided that enough was enough and he proceeded to cry and cry until his bath was over. But it sure was fun while it lasted!
I'm just now getting the hang of the camcorder that my brother bought for my birthday (10 months ago). I guess I've got good reason to start using it now! So today I uploaded this video of Charlie coming home. I know it's a few days late but it's still nice to see.
Roy Kitten was kind enough to help us give Charlie his first bath.
Have no fear: the Cuddles and Naps Division has been aptly performing its duties.
Charlie is most fascinated by his aqua swing.
What's that you say? You want another picture of Lily sleeping? Well here you go!