Day 1-Visiting Camp NICU

Ugh, Tuesday started off crazy.  Returns to B&H, stop at the pharmacist, pick up repaired iPod at Tech Serve, stop at PCP for a script, head uptown to the Upper Breast Side (yes, I said upper breast side, I’m sure your brain is compiling a database of jokes at this point)) to pick up the new breast pump, get a spot at near NYU Medical Center, and somehow it’s already 3:30.

Stressed out trying to get there early,  we realized this wasn’t going to happen, but finally we arrived to see our Remy at NYU-NICU Sleep Away Camp. It was a short visit, between feeding the meter every two hours, trying to handle loose ends, and visit with Remy we were only there from 3:30 to 8:00.  No more muni-meter,  we’ll just do the garage from here on in.

You get a case of the guilties for even thinking about and doing personal stuff, with your baby girl in the NICU, but things still need to get done, and Mary is still 5 weeks from a full recovery. We are still newbies to this lifestyle and have over 80 days to go at the ICU.  We already had so much stuff piling up before Remy arrived.  Logically, we just have to make the time to get things done and figure out a way to do it, or it will only compile and stress us out later down the road.  Despite dealing with our personal stuff and tending to some business, this was the greatest day yet!

Remy had been taken off the ventilator and now breathing on her own!   This was a breath of fresh air (pun intended).   She was now getting air through her nose as opposed to the oxygen down her throat.  The air was just to help her keep a rhythm.  It’s sort of like training wheels on your first bicycle.   She was breathing on her own, and we were glowing!  It’s funny, you never think these are the benchmarks you will look forward to.   In Remy’s case again these are the things that make us so happy as preemie parents.  It’s  great to see her on her belly, because you know that she is so much more comfortable.   If I could trade places with her, I would do it in a hot second.

Today was a rewarding day!


4 thoughts on “Day 1-Visiting Camp NICU

  1. Thank you so much for allowing us to be such a personal part of your journey. I can assure you the tears of concern are now ones of joy for the three of you. Bob

  2. Pete congratulations on your new little princess. It sounds like you two are handling everything well. It’s not easy and probably one of the toughest things you’ll ever have to go through. If you ever need to talk, give us a call. Take care of your precious women.

  3. WOW!! First off, Congratulations on your precious baby girl! What a crazy few weeks you all have been thru, I couldn’t imagine. Mary, I hope you are starting to feel better, and Pete, your blog is fantastic. I look forward to seeing how Little Miss Remy progresses and can’t wait to hear your stories!

    Sending our love from NOVA…Christine (Richardson), Bruce, Chase and Addy Bilek

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