Tuesday, November 10, 2009

November 9, 2009


Today was supposed to be the day we welcomed our baby girl, her due date! We're very grateful Charlotte is doing as well as she is, and we try to focus on the joys we wouldn't have experienced had our pregnancy gone full-term: we watched her ears turn from floppy folds of skin to standard ears, her eye lashes grow in (top first, then bottom), her finger nails transform from paper thin and barely visible to nails that will need to be filed very soon!

While there have been happy moments, the past few weeks have been dominated with other emotions. If given the opporunity to go back and time and do things differently, we would give up the ventilators, CPAP, eye surgery, and incubators in a second.

November happens to be Prematurity Awareness Month, which conveniently, is represented by the color purple - my favorite! http://marchofdimes.com/prematurity/index.asp

To all the uncomfortable and tired pregnant women - enjoy it!

We are happy to say our friends Andy and Robin Hoenisch made good use of our due date and got to meet their new baby boy, Calvin, this morning. Congrats!

Update:
Today was filled with visitors preparing us for discharge. Tomorrow I'll be able to say "we're going home tomorrow" and I can't wait. So close, yet so far away. Charlotte got a bit tired of the regular flow nipple so we're back to the slow flow. She handles it much better. We're hoping she's taking full feeds before we need to replace her feeding tube.

5 comments on "November 9, 2009"

Kelly Russell said...

It's so exciting to hear how close you are to going home - Happy Due Date, Charlotte.

Congratulations, Russell-Distad Familty!

Kelly

Amy & Paul Beeman said...

Hooray for going home! Hope that today goes by fast so that your whole family can return to Houghton. :)

Congrats!

andyH. on November 10, 2009 at 2:58 PM said...

woo-hoo charlotte! we're so happy for you guys.

oh, and calvin says hello

Anonymous said...

Have I told you lately how much I admire your strenth through all of this - Katie you are so brave and strong! Charolette is very lucky to be able to call you her Mother.

Love, Marissa

p.s. I believe someone once said "All good things come to those who wait." And your wait is almost over and with each passing day, hour, minute and second you are that much closer to bringing your beautiful daughter home. I am so very happy for you!

Kate on November 10, 2009 at 6:23 PM said...

Happy due date Charlotte!! I doubt that there are two people who will be more happy to bring their baby home than you and Pat. It's freaking awesome news.

Also, thank you so much for the reminder that I should enjoy every step of being pregnant. So happy for you guys!

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