Sunday, December 30, 2007

Sleepy beauties

For those who don't already know, I (Kara) have always been an early riser. Now that we have Georgia home, I am somewhat of a non sleeper. Rocky left Brendan in his warm bed and joined Georgia and I early this morning. He oh so carefully crawled onto the couch with Georgia. He seems to have taken to her quite nicely and knows he shouldn't sniff too hard. What a good pooch we have! Also, G seems to not mind him at all. They will most definitely be pals.

The first 15 hours having her home have been wonderful, although a little stressful at feeding time. She just won't eat as much as we need her to. She goes at the bottle with gusto for the first 10 minutes and then gets too tired to go on. Luckily the visiting nurse is coming this afternoon. I just hope G hasn't lost more weight.

Brendan is sleeping now. He said he'd give me a sleep break later this morning. I'm looking forward to that.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Just in time to take down the trimmings

We had to get a pic of G with our favorite ornament before putting all the Christmas gear away.

Georgia's home base

Georgia was fast asleep when we got her home around 2:00 in the afternoon. She ended up sleeping until 5:30. We set up her bassinet in one of our living rooms for the afternoon. Her bassinet was the same one Brendan and her Aunt Jackie slept in as infants. Grandma Sandy made the yellow bassinet cover more than 35 years ago. The violet blanket was a gift from Grandma Gaye and Grandpa Kirk. What a special treat for G!

Rocky was very sweet and gentle with her. He goes over to her bed and sniffs her once in awhile. He actually hasn't left her vicinity all day. It could be because Brendan and I haven't either. We are all hovering a bit.

A peanut in a shell

After we got Georgia dressed and fed, we put her in the car seat. Since she is so small, they had to put her through a car seat test. For the test, they put her in the car seat and monitored her oxygen intake every ten minutes. She did about as well as you can do, with an average oxygen level of 99%. The video shows our attempts to get her in. The pictures show the finished product. You can tell how small she is in the pics with Brendan's hands.

The Last Supper (Sipper?)

Before Georgia took off, we gave her one last snack. This was after the hospital staff critiqued my (Kara's) breastfeeding ability (no pressure). Both Georgia and I passed with flying colors.

In the video, note the ability by which Brendan is able to modulate her intake flow...:) He was under scrutiny as well.

It was really borderline today whether they were going to let Georgia go. She lost another ounce last night (is at 4lbs, 10 ounces) and her Billy R. had increased a bit. In the end the wonderful hospital staff let us take her home because they felt Brendan and I could handle it. Way to build our efficacy!

Such a clothes hound: Miss Georgia comes home

So, big news. We got to take Georgia home today. As part of the festivities, we got to get her dressed for the first time. Enjoy the videos. Later we had to undress her as she had the foresight to make one more deposit at the Brigham Women's NICU before heading home.

Catching flies

Brendan was able to get Georgia to eat a whole ounce yesterday. As you can see, it took a lot out of her!

Good going Papa!

New digs for G

Georgia graduated on December 28th. She is now out of the isolate and in an open crib. Check out her new digs.

That means she is almost ready to come home! We are hoping to have her home with us on December 29th. The 30th at the latest.

We've also included a pic of her best friend, the monitor. Brendan and I were joking with the nurses that we won't know how our baby is doing without looking up and seeing what the monitor has to say.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

First Family Christmas

Merry Christmas Georgia!!! Mom, Dad, and Georgia celebrated our first family Christmas at Brigham Hospital.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Tired mamas love their little girls

Voracious Appetite

Our little girl downed three bottles on 12/24. That is great news as one of the criteria for her to go home is that she can eat on her own. One more good day of feeding and they might take the IV and feeding tube out! Keep your fingers crossed.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Day 2: The prettiest baby with the most fabulous blanket!!!

Day 2 - Georgia and mom in the NICU. Baby and mom doing awesome!!!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Brendan and Georgia in the Newborn ICU Kara and our nurse (April) prior to the Epidural

Georgia Grace Orvis Crowley born on 12:40am on December 23, 2007
5 lbs 4 ounces
17.25 inches

Healthy and Beautiful