Yesterday the last Baby Bell came home!
Everyone joined in our celebration.......
..........from the NICU and my favorite nurse, Jane, who taught us all so much about caring for preemies - from feeding to burping to holding - the whole thing! I stayed extra days on my last trip down here just to learn from her.
Jane was there the day the quads were born and has been a primary caretaker through their entire stay in the NICU! She began educating Amber and Mike on preemie care from Day 1! Thanks to her and several other excellent nurses they are now an awesome parental team moving with confidence as they care for the babies. It was fitting that Jane was the nurse to discharge the last Baby Bell!
(Don't tell anyone but I think Trystan was her favorite!)
THANK YOU, nurses!!!
The celebration continued as we went down to the 5th floor where Amber had stayed for 57 days. We grew very fond of so many of the excellent nurses on the 5th floor.
This is Amby. She admitted Amber back on April 9th and discharged her on June 5th.
We couldn't leave before finding Lisa - another favorite nurse!
Can you tell I love the nurses that did so much to ensure Amber was taken care of?
And I love those special nurses who loved on and cared for the precious babies.
The doctors were excellent I'm sure.
But the NURSES were ANGELS we will never forget and hope they will continue to be a part of our lives through visits and Facebook and blogs!
While on the 5th floor I just had to revisit Room #552
It was an emotional visit.
I remember coming in the mornings and leaving after traffic in the evenings.
I set up my laptop back there by that lamp.
Some days I just sat quietly and others I stayed pretty busy helping care for Amber.
She had a magnesium sulphate IV for most of those 57 days.
You would think looking back on this room would be painful.
Especially since Amber had developed preclampsia in the last weeks of the pregnancy.
Most of the days she was pretty miserable. Many days it was nearly unbearable.
I tried not to think about the possibility of losing her.
I believe the reason it's not painful is because of the wonderful care and attention of the nurses and staff. They are paid to treat their patients. The fact that they CARE so deeply about them is what makes nursing a true ministry or calling.
And as I sat over there at my laptop I was encourage by all the comments of my friends in the World of Blog and Facebook Land about the prayers for my daughter and her unborn babies. Those prayers made all the difference in the world!
I remember sitting by this window chatting to Amber one day.
Through her hospitalization I had been coming down every other week.
On May 15th we came down to STAY until the babies were born.
May 19th marked her 28 weeks. On May 21st it looked like she would make it another week perhaps. I will never forget her looking over at me and asking, " Are you really going to stay here? Coming up here everyday and bringing me things and being with me til the babies are born?" I said, "Absolutely!"
And I did! I stayed until she got out of the hospital and I knew she and the babies were OK. I didn't leave until June 7th - the day after her birthday.
Now that she is a mother herself - with THREE daughters! - I am sure she understands.
Little Miss Trystan all ready for the ride home.
A FIRST family picture!!
I snapped it as they were getting ready and I just LOVE the expressions on their faces.
Such joy and pride as Amber and Mike look down at their babies.
Harrison, Kailey, Trystan and Logan.
And here I am holding all FOUR of the quads at the same time!
I just LOVE this!!!
Now I will close with a 'Reality Shot!'
It is not ALL fun and games around here!
I am writing this post now because I need to stay awake.
The next feeding is in just a few minutes.
All these bottles are for just ONE day!!
That's 32 feedings.........one every three hours.
We have our work cut out for us!
You can read Amber's latest post here!