Being a mom of three is busy. I am learning how to juggle three kids now that Hudson has been home a couple weeks. It is tricky feeding him every two hours while having two toddlers running around who still need a lot of help but I am starting to get the hang of things.
We are all SO in love with Hudson. Savannah is so helpful and loves to hold him on her chest after I feed him. She sings him songs and loves when he wraps his hand around her finger.
Tammy Lee also LOVES to hold him as well and will ask me often. She isn't quite as gentle when she hugs but she is learning. She kisses his head over and over and if he is ever crying she assures me that all he needs is a kiss from her.
Our little Hudson has a lot of love!
First grocery trip with all three. It went more smoothly than I was expecting.
Trying to entertain these two since we have been inside a lot lately. They had a blast!
Tammy Lee must have thought this was a treat. She learned very quickly that it didn't taste to great!
After 17 days in NICU our little Hudson James Jett is home with us. We decided to surprise the girls and put him in a basket on the front porch. Their reaction was priceless and it was so fun to see their excitement and love for their little brother. They both kept saying over and over how much they love him. We have given him so much love today and can't get enough of him.
He will be on oxygen for a couple weeks like Tammy Lee was. We aren't loving the chords in every direction but are glad it is helpful to him.
Hudson has been in the NICU for 15 days now. He is on request feedings which means instead of feeding him every three hours they let him decide when he wants to eat. He can go up to 4 hours before myself or the nurse wake to feed him. When he eats he has to eat a minimum of 40 ml's. If he passes the request feeding after 24 hours he will go to on demand. That means his nose tube will be taken out and he will once again be able to decide when he is ready to eat. If he passes on demand, he can come home the next day. That means he could possibly be home with us this Friday, May 15th. I am trying not to get my hopes up in case he isn't able to come home but we are so anxious and excited to have him with us.
I felt a little discouraged this morning because the nurse called me and said that he did not pass his oxygen test which means he will need to come home on oxygen and monitors. Tammy Lee came home on oxygen and it was so hard dealing with all the chords. Going anywhere was a huge hassle because I had to carry a big tank around along with a monitor. I don't know how I will be able to leave the house with all his supplies and Savannah and Tammy Lee. We will most likely be spending a lot of time at home. I am deff grateful for all they can do nowadays for premature babies. I so badly wish I could carry full term. It would be so dreamy to have your baby, take them home, and not have to worry about the NICU and all the challenges that come along with preterm babies.
Anytime I am feeling discouraged, exhausted, and sad I just remind myself that I Can Do Hard Things.
These two have been so patient with me having to leave multiple times a day. It has been harder on Tammy Lee than Savannah and she gets really nervous each time I drop them off at someone's home.
Tammy Lee gives me lots of snuggles when she knows I have to leave to the hospital. It breaks my heart but she knows that I always come back and give her lots of hugs and kisses.
Taking the girls out to do fun things in between hospital visits.
The parent lounge at the nicu. Stephen and the girls would watch movies and eat snacks while I would feed Hudson.