I have so much to write about and so little time to sit down and complete a blog post. I will hopefully have more time to write everything out once we get home to Alabama and settle back into our lives. Just wanted to update everybody on our little Nora. She spent less than 24 hours in the NICU and was released to come stay in our hospital room the second day we were there. I cannot express the joy that I felt when they rolled her little bassinet into my hospital room and left her with me. All the wires had been removed and she was so healthy looking. She truly is a miracle. All of the doctors (besides Dr. Moise) were surprised that Nora did not need ANY intervention…no blood transfusion, no bill lights and no IVIG. She wasn’t anemic and she didn’t develop jaundice. On Tuesday I was able to leave the hospital with Nora in my arms!
I’m starting to fall asleep as I type this (while simultaneously breastfeeding Nora) so I need to finish up. Tomorrow we are leaving Houston and moving back to Alabama for good! We are SO excited about going home but also sad to leave Houston and the Ronald McDonald House. We have loved our time here in Texas and feel like the RMH is our second home. Nora has follow-up appointments scheduled with our pediatrician back home and a pediatric hematologist in Birmingham. They will monitor her closely for anemia and jaundice over the next few weeks. Oh yeah, and we finally found out her length at birth- 20 inches long. She is such a joy to have in our lives. We still don’t feel like any of this is real yet. We are trying to absorb the beautiful reality that our rainbow baby is here and she is alive and she is all ours. Thank you all for your kind comments and prayers for Nora. I will write more later. Here are a few more pictures of our girl: