Little Drew sure was ready to come home earlier this week!
She wanted to show off her going-home outfit, courtesy of her Aunt Mary. She is already so loved by many, and all we had to do was get her well enough to get out the hospital to meet them all.
But something strange happened in the hospital… everyone there loved my Lil’ Drew too.
This is one of her favorite nurses. She was so sweet to her every day. There were so many nurses that helped her, loved her, soothed her when I’m sure she was scared and unsure of what was happening. They cuddled her and instilled a sense of calm within Drew that got her through her first 12 days in a NICU.
But this nurse also gave Drew’s mom a sense of peace. As I left my daughter day-after-day, tears rolling down my cheeks as I hit the hallway towards the elevator, I was able to truly tell myself that she was in good hands. I knew the Drew loved Daphne the nurse, but more importantly I saw how much Nurse Daphne adored my daughter.
There will be a special place in heaven for women like her. She treated me like family, and my daughter as if she were her very own grand-daughter. She taught me how to hold the bottle, taught my husband how to change a diaper (while only laughing at him a little bit). She did a good job of hearing what the doctors said and making sure that we comprehended everything.
Saying goodbye to Nurse Daphne was a bit of a tear-jerker, but I promised that Drew and I would return very soon. And I do mean soon! I want to take all of the nurses a special thank you treat…
There was only one thing left to do before we could hit the pavement… A car seat test.
The hospital requires that NICU patients pass a 90 minute car seat endurance test. This ensures that my preemie baby’s stature will endure the car ride home without a loss in oxygen during the ride.
She passed with flying colors. But she was none to pleased with all of us standing around her cackling at the funny faces she made while she was all squished up in her big ol’ car seat.
We finally headed home with our beautiful daughter, and now we are just your typical exhausted parents of a newborn.