Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Things That I've Been Missing

Ellie Before.

Ellie After

A lot of babies have come and gone in our POD of the NICU.  There are only 2 babies left from when we first arrived.  The rest have moved on, either gone home or continued on to the low risk "grow/feed" section of the NICU.  It's a strange kind of feeling.  Seeing all those babies come and go.  It's like watching the seasons change.  Maybe that's why I finally stopped my worrying for a moment and took a step back.  Witnessed the passage of time, so far.

I've been so obsessive about your respiratory issues for the past few weeks that I barely stopped to recognize how much you've grown.  I looked back through some of my older letters to you.  About how I described you as a shriveled old man.  You don't look like that anymore.  Today, I noticed that you looked like a baby.  A tiny baby.  You've become "one of them" and I don't even mind.  2 pounds, 6 ounces.  Almost twice the weight you were before.  You don't seem so fragile anymore.  I used to be afraid at the thought of touching you.  Yes, your lungs are weak but you are strong in other ways.  Your brain is strong.  You have a gut of cast iron.  What's more, you are now at full feeds ahead of schedule, which will finally let your lungs grow and flourish (hopefully).  They plucked your PIC line out yesterday.  Your mother had to tell me before I even took notice. that bloody little snake wasn't in your arm until today.

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed the video Grandma Smith sent me of you on your belly wiggling with your eyes open. I enjoyed your facial expressions even if it was just from gas. :-P Love you Ellie, your Aunty Andy