Today should be the day for us to head home. Yay! I miss my boy. He had another sleep over with aunt Kelsie last night and she is taking a little time off work this morning to watch him until we get home. Thank you SO much! We were in a bit of a pinch, so we really appreciate it :)
The reason I'm not positive if we are all going home today is because they are a little concerned about Korrigan's bilirubin levels (what makes a baby jaundice) and her weight. She has lost 8% of her birth weight which apparently raises some red flags. The one thing that helps with both of these issues is her ability to breast feed (both sucking and getting fluids). She has been doing much better for the last three feedings or so, but they are wondering if she still isn't latching on properly. So, the next time I feed her, the lactation consultant is going to help (but Korrigan always does well when she is here...of course!). One of two things will most likely happen: 1. we will have to start supplementing her feedings with bottles. And if any of you remember us doing that with Finn, you will understand why I really don't want to do that! 2. However, the alternative would be that she has to stay here longer until her levels even out and she is eating better. I REALLY don't want that. So, I guess we will see. They are trying to get us discharged and on our way this morning yet, so fingers are crossed that all goes well.
And of course, this is the weather advisory for the day I bring my baby home: WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT; WIND CHILL VALUES WILL AVERAGE BETWEEN 25 TO 35 DEGREES BELOW ZERO FROM 9 PM TO 12 NOON. Here's hoping we get home soon and can snuggle in for the rest of the day! Oh and at the end of the adivosory, it says, "IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS... MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND GLOVES." Um, thank you for the tip?!?! Ha, if you don't already know that, you should NOT be living in MN ;)
Nearly half a million babies (1 in 10) are born premature in the US each year which is higher than that of most other developed nations. This is the journeys of our first born son, Finnegan, who was born 14 weeks early and weighed only 1 pound 15 ounces at birth. Of our daugher, Korrigan, who was born a healthy 7 pounds, 7 ounces at 37 weeks. And of our second son, MacKeegan, who was also born at 37 weeks at a whopping 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Our continued adventures reminds us daily how good God is.