Thursday, November 12, 2009

November 12, 2009

Charlotte all ready to go

Goodbye NICU!

Our car was stuffed. Here's Patrick squeezed in next to Charlotte.

After 93 days in 3 different hospitals we finally got to bring Charlotte home yesterday. We left Milwaukee a bit later than we'd wanted to because we had to wait for her eye exam, but we were pulling away from the hospital by 1 p.m. CST. We stopped twice to feed her on the way home. She traveled pretty well, but she was understandably ready to be out of her car seat about 2 hours too early (how many gestationally aged 1 day olds take an 8 hour car ride?). We arrived at about 10 p.m. EST so happy to be back in our own space.

Patrick was so excited to capture our trip home on video that he walked behind us on the way out of the hospital to record Charlotte's exit and then he also got a few shots of driving through Green Bay, entering Houghton, and of course, walking into our apartment. Gripping stuff.

We have lots to do now that we're home. About 3 months of preparations for baby crammed into as few days as possible. Oh yeah, and we also get to hang out with Charlotte all the time! Life without monitors is fantastic and I anxiously await the day we can remove her feeding tube.

Now that we're home I doubt we'll have time to update the blog daily, but we'll be sure to post photos periodically. Thank you to everyone who's been reading about Charlotte's progress and sending us your support! We are very grateful. For now, we are looking forward to forgetting about the past few months...those who've been there promise the memories/feelings fade pretty quickly.

3 comments on "November 12, 2009"

Amy & Paul Beeman said...

Welcome Home!

Anonymous said...

I couldn't wait to read this today.

Welcome HOME!

Love, Leona and all the Duluth People you know.

Kelly Russell said...

Welcome home, Russells!



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