Continuing the Introduction of Monkey from Part 1 which you can find here
|First time wearing clothes – 1.5 weeks|
Those first few days after Monkeys birth were complete “survival” mode. Making sure I was pumping every 3 hours, as I was determined to still breastfeed Monkey once he was able to. Calling family and friends to give them updates. Making lists of all thing things we needed to do to still get ready for Monkey to come home (umm like buy a car seat!). But we quickly got into a routine: I would go to the hospital for 9am, stay until 4 or so, go home have dinner, JAM and I would go back for a visit after dinner, come home around 10, sleep, and get up and repeat.
|Our “Pod” in the NICU, Monkey doing his car seat test|
The NICU became my home away from home, we spent 5 weeks at the NICU with Monkey That is right Monkey spent more than the first month of his life in the hospital. During that time there were lots of ups and downs while Monkey learned how to breastfeed and grow out of the oxygen desaturations (when the oxygen level in the blood drops for a short time). The staff at the NICU were amazing, from the doctors, nurses, occupational therapists and lactation consultants everyone worked to make sure that Monkey did get the best care and could go home as soon as possible.
He is able to self sooth, and never needed to be rocked to sleep, just knowing you are near is good enough for him
Monkey takes both breast and bottle, he didn’t have the strength at first to do all feeds by nursing so he learned to bottle feed as well and we have had no issues switching back and forth
He only ever ate at most every 3 hours, as that was the schedule in the NICU, and he stuck with it once we came home
Monkey can sleep through anything – the NICU is a noisy place: people talking, monitors beeping, and it is never really that dark – so now he can sleep anywhere