"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer 29:11

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Time to get ready!

So one of the nurses mentioned yesterday that it was a possibility that here in the next couple of days we might be able to take our sweet Ian home! They cant tell us for sure because it is all up to little Ian. I am so happy, I know I shouldn't get my hopes up but its hard not to get a little excited!
Ian has done so well the last 24 hours! He is now gulping his bottle down in less then 10 minutes! Before baby's leave the NICU they have to be able to do four things. Of coarse breath on there own, maintain there body heat in an open crib, eat for more than 24 hours straight unassisted in less than 30 minutes, and pass the car seat test. So far as of this morning I believe Ian has fed perfect the last 24 hours, he still is a little fast on his RESP but he seems to handle it well. His body temp is borderline for where they like it to be but we just have to make sure and bundle him up. Now all we need to do is pass the car seat test.
The car seat test is a test to see if they can handle the ride home from the hospital. They place the baby in there car seat for no less than an hour no more than two hours, depending on how far you live from the hospital. I am not sure what exactly they do while the baby's are in the car seat but I know they monitor there breathing and heart rate.

So here is my check list for today....

* Clean, Clean, Clean
* Reassemble Ian's car seat, It has been up in the attic so I washed it like 3 times!
* Try to get his dresser ready. We are still waiting for the contractor to come and fix the ceiling in his Nursery from the leak so everything is covered in plastic.
* Hand wash all his bottles
* Vacuum my car and install his base and mirror
* get his outfit together for coming home :)

Like I said before I don't want to get my hopes up! But keep your fingers crossed for me that he comes home tomorrow or Saturday!!!!!!


Stephanie said...

Aww, I so hope that he gets to come home soon. Sounds like he is doing great!

Tiffany M said...

I hope he passes his test with flying colors!!
As far as test goes they basically make sure their oxygen saturation stays at a certain level and that they don’t develop apnea or bradycardia because of how they sit in the car seat.
From the AAP “Safe Transportation of Preterm and Low Birth Weight Infants at Hospital Discharge” policy:
“Preterm infants are subject to an increased risk of oxygen desaturation, apnea, and/or bradycardia, especially when placed in a semireclined position in car safety seats.”
“It is rational, if practical, to attempt to reduce the frequency and severity of cardiorespiratory events experienced by preterm infants seated in car safety seats to minimize potential neurodevelopmental sequelae. Therefore, car safety seat monitoring in the infant's own car safety seat before discharge from the hospital should be considered for all infants less than 37 weeks' gestation at birth to determine if physiologic maturity and stable cardiorespiratory function are present, as recommended in the American Academy of Pediatrics publication Guidelines for Perinatal Care.”
The AAP recently, this week, published revised the guidelines for the. I’m sure you’re probably already off to the hospital but if not you might want to mention to the NICU staff in case they’re not aware of the revisions. Here’s the link to the AAP policy page if you want to take a look: http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/pediatrics;123/5/1424

Amanda said...


♥spoiled mommy♥ said...

My fingers & toes are crossed for ya girlie!! I hope lil man can cme home soon.

I tagged ya over at my blog. ;)

Blessings from the Reeds said...

Glad to hear he is going great! Good luck with the test. Hope he is home soon.

LYNDEE said...

sounds like great progress!!! maybe it could be a wonderful mothers day present!!!!! but please do have a Happy Mothers Day!!!!!