My daughter was discharged from the NICU yesterday morning. We suspected she might be, but it was a Wednesday the earliest, or Thursday. I'm so glad it was Wednesday. She was doing everything she needed to do. Eating 100% orally, no respiratory problems, and passed her car seat test. All she needed was the doctor's okay. The pediatrician was more than happy to release her at last.
We packed up all her belongings (it's amazing how many things a little one can have at the hospital). I collected all that extra pumped breastmilk from the freezer (I am set for babysitters and eventually pablum down the road). My 2 year old and I took all her belongings to the car while the nurse finished her discharge package. My son was very concerned that we would forget to bring his sister home while we did this. We came back, I signed a form and collected the paperwork and we were off.
It was a very surreal feeling. I can't believe that my life isn't split between home and the hospital anymore. I made sure we went out that night. As it was Wednesday we went to the college where my husband is working on his Master's degree. Each Wednesday they have a community dinner. It was so nice to see other people and have our daughter welcomed as a member of the community there. Many, many people have been praying for her and we're so glad they did. Keep on praying as we make this transition home. I have more to say about our time in the NICU and will post a few more thoughts over the next few days. Keep checking in.