It’s still Sunday, I just felt this topic deserved it’s own post.
I was taken completely off guard on Wednesday. Just after saying goodbye to Mom T. (who we miss so much), our amazing nurse Jenn asked if we wanted to “Kangaroo” Remy….…. Yep, okay. Wait HUH!?
Kangaroo care is a technique practiced on newborn, usually preemies, infants wherein the infant is held, skin-to-skin, with an adult. Kangaroo care seeks to provide restored closeness of the newborn with mother or father by placing the infant in direct skin-to-skin contact with one of them. This ensures physiological and psychological warmth and bonding. The kangaroo position provides ready access to nourishment. The parent’s stable body temperature helps to regulate the neonate’s temperature more smoothly than an incubator.
Translation; we get to hold Remy!!!!!!!!
This was the greatest thing I have ever done, Ever! Mary would tell you the same. Mary did it first, since, well, she’s the Mom. Remy just chills out on our chests and grabs our finger, cries a little in the beginning, which sounds more like a squeak or a high pitched whimper. Sometimes she hiccups and twitches after getting settled in and she just sleeps and stretches on you. I am happy to be her kangaroo any day, any time! I go back and forth trying to figure out whom this benefits more. Mary and I, or Remy?
Here is what a millisecond thought is like for me while this is happening:
Wow, you have changed my life. I am so lucky to have you. I will do everything in my power to give you the best life. You just tickled my belly with your miniature toes. I have a new purpose in life. I better not move too much. I hope my singing isn’t scaring her for life.
Aaaahhh, warm comfy bed!
We have switched taking turns kangarooing, everyday since Wednesday. Today was pretty scary though. Remy was twitching like crazy with spasm-like movements. Both Mary and I were very worried. We spoke to our nurse and she got the doctor for us. He did not want to interrupt kangarooing, as it is so beneficial to Remy. He said her vitals were okay and he would check more thoroughly after she was back in the incubator.
It was very concerning, because we read that preemies can be known to experience seizures, and even if she is fine, it is just plain hard to watch. Turns out she is fine. We spoke to some other moms and dads at the NICU and they reaffirmed that their preemies went through the same thing. I’m sure I would twitch, if I had all these things attached to me.
Today’s biggest payoff! I was able to do something I have been dying to do for almost two weeks now. I KISSED MY BABY GIRL FOR THE FIRST TIME. I had chills.
Below are some pics of us kangarooing.