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Friday, May 23, 2014

Patrick meets his family!


Patrick has had a host of visitors to love on him. He's met aunts, uncles, cousins, Grandma and Grandpa Seegmiller, and his furry brothers and sisters.













He's doing an excellent job of sleeping all day and keeping mommy awake at night.....


Melissa and Belle have both adopted the watch guard role. It made me laugh when I saw Melissa lying on the bed and watching over Patrick in the exact same way Belle does.



He is also doing a great job of being 100% adorable...



My sister in law Kathy is helping me right now. She went through and sorted all the baby clothes people have given me. I think I won't need to buy anything for the first year!


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Home Sweet Home!

Patrick and I checked out of the NICU Monday night and my awesome friend Deneigh came and picked us up.

We fiddled with the car seat and finally figured it out enough that the man who escorted us out of the hospital was satisfied and let us drive away.


Deneigh and her mom were amazing! They fed me, cooed at my baby, and were so hospitable! Thanks again for giving me a good place to stay. My only regret is that I forgot to get a picture of us together!


We loaded up all of our (let's be honest, most of it was Patrick's stuff) stuff and I some how made it through the airport by myself. We were quite popular and everyone had a story about a NICU baby to share.

Getting past security was interesting. Since I had a babe in arms, I didn't go through the regular security procedure. They wiped my hands with something and I tested positive for explosives. (I am wondering what baby stuff is explosive?) I had to go into a special room to get patted down and I watched them go through my entire bag. It was really a funny experience. I'm sure I am one of the few people to go through the second level of security who was being fussed over because I have an adorable tiny baby. While they were patting me down making sure I wasn't smuggling anything nefarious on the plane, I was being congratulated and fussed over. It made me chuckle.

Once I got to the gate, I had the people who were waiting with me absolutely lose it over Patrick.
 
I told them the entire adoption story and people kept telling me how brave I was to fly with him alone. I did have his oxygen concentrator to haul around, but honestly, I've flown 15 times in the past 13 months, so I am pretty comfortable with the airport.

We got personally escorted and preboarded by a nice Welsh flight attendant (I thought she sounded Irish and I got very excited)

I had to break down the concentrator and all my luggage into pieces that fit in the overhead bins and under the seat. It was quite time consuming, but a little baby causes people to be very patient .

We got all hooked up and survived the 1 hour flight. He was so over stimulated that he slept like a log. 

Brent let the Young Women know we were coming home and they made us this adorable sign! We feel so loved!





 The puppies met Patrick. They are still adjusting, but things are going well. 



And, we did get to spend some time with Brent before he had to leave on his trip today.

People were very generous and I came home to this:

It's so good to be home!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Watch me Grow!

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Little Patrick is in the habit of having daily bouts of the hiccups. The nurse told me they happen because he is either stressed or has just eaten. I think they're pretty cute.

I got to watch the nurse measure him last night. I also asked her about his "percentiles" like I always hear new moms use.
 This was not his favorite activity. It involved being naked and having his little body parts moved around and it did not involve eating or snuggling.

He's up to 2.555 kilograms which makes him about 5 lbs 10 ounces. The day we got here he was 5 lbs 5 ounces. (He's getting bigger already and it makes me a little sad, but it's a good thing).

 She had to pretty much pin him down to measure his length because he is so wiggly. He is at 47 cm or 18.5 inches.

His head circumference is 33 cm or 12.99 inches.

In comparison to other babies who are premature and are at what would be 37 weeks gestation if they were still on the inside, he's a little below average for weight, about average for head, and a little below average for height. He's our small little peanut.

Brent and the dogs made it home last night at about 2 am. They were exhausted but glad to be home. 

Sadly, I don't think I'll be flying home tomorrow. We haven't seen our FBI clearance emails yet. I'm still hopeful that we'll get them first thing tomorrow morning and I can be on that 1:45 flight!

The hospital informed me today that the insurance will no longer be paying for our stay. I've packed up our stuff and my wonderful friend Deneigh is coming to pick us up and take us to her mom's house. 

I'm so grateful that we're in Phoenix where we are well connected instead of a city that we don't know anyone in. I'm so glad that I will be among friends instead of a hotel or something else.




Sunday, May 18, 2014

Bye, Daddy




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Here's another video for you folks at home. It's amazing how different this little guy is from the first day we met him. We had to consistently wake him up to eat, and now he's pretty consistently "awake and hungry" every 2 1/2 or 3 hours and is eating all his formula plus a little more. I like to think he just needed a mommy and daddy to love on him in order to thrive.

We had a neat opportunity to have some people Brent spent time with on his mission come visit us. It's very special for Brent that we got Patrick from where he served his mission.


Brent got a few more snuggles in this morning before he had to leave. It was really hard for me to say goodbye to Brent and the dogs and for Brent to say goodbye to Patrick and Me. I can count the number of nights we have spent apart in the 5 years we've been married on one hand. I just want my little family all to be together, but we will be patient and do what it takes. 

We reluctantly packed up everything that I couldn't live without and sent it home with Brent today. Since I'm going to be flying home, I wanted to keep as little as possible. 

Brent and the dogs are enroute home and Brent will have to get back to normal life tomorrow. 

The current plan for Patrick and I is to stay in the hospital until Tuesday and if we are able to leave when I have my flight booked, take a Taxi straight to the airport. If we are not able to leave the state on Tuesday and I have to push my flight back, they may try to keep us here in the hospital or I may go stay with my friend. I won't know any more about where we are in the process until Monday.

Keep hoping and praying that all our paperwork goes through and that I'm able to get on the flight on Tuesday afternoon. Thanks again for everyone's support.


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Airplanes and Oxygen

 As Melissa suggested, here are some pictures of me holding Patrick. I do not let Brent completely dominate the holding!


 So, we're still in the NICU. Because he failed his altitude test yesterday, they want us to stay here until we have oxygen figured out for the flight and for home. The big debate during the doctor's rounds this morning is if Airline's allow oxygen in flight.

After the rounds with the doctor, I called American Airlines and spent about 45 minutes on the phone with a reservation specialist and figured out flying without a birth certificate and found out that he can have an oxygen concentrator if it's from the preferred list.

I booked a flight for Tuesday afternoon and found out I can change it to a later date if I need to. I decided to book now, even though we haven't gotten a green light to leave Arizona, because the airline requires at least 48 hours notice to book a flight with an oxygen concentrator. After I booked the flight, I called American Airlines to tell them I would be traveling with a concentrator. They informed me that the are merging with US Airways and then told me that the flight would actually be operated by American Airways. They connected me to American Airways and I was on hold for ever. Someone finally got on and told me that American Airways has its own list of concentrators that were approved. I had to scurry out to let the nurse know that we had to make sure the concentrator they order is good for both airlines, just in case I have to change my flight. Luckily, after comparing lists, it looks like they are mostly the same. As soon we have the oxygen figured out, I think we can probably discharge from the hospital.

I'm not 100% sure what I'm going to do once Brent leaves to go home tomorrow and I don't have a car. I'm also going to try to send him with as much as my stuff as possible since I'm going to have to fly home with all the stuff I hold on to.

We also made a little progress with the Interstate Compact stuff today. Rachel, our Heart and Soul caseworker, was awesome and found us a place that did fingerprints that was open today. We drove out there this morning and after spending $200 on application fees, finger prints, computer rental, and overnighting our package, we should be able to have our finger prints for our FBI clearances to Chicago by Monday at 10:30 am. They should process those and as soon as we have the results emailed to us, we need to send them to Rachel. Once Rachel has them, she will send them to the Arizona people who want to see them. After that, we should be clear to leave Arizona. I'm really hoping that we can be home by then because Brent is going to be leaving town for work on Thursday morning. We'll be pretty bummed if we only get to spend a few hours with Brent before we're seperated again, but we'll do what it takes.

Thank you for everyone's continued support. I'll update again when I know more about what is going on!