We were interrupted around 1am when the nurse came in to tell us they got her test results back….
The nurse came in and informed us that Adalynn needed additional monitoring in their nursery based on the test results they ran. We reluctantly let them take her down hall and I tried very hard to fall asleep and not worry too much. I set my alarm for 4:30 am so I wouldn’t miss her next feeding. My only regret here is that I didn’t tell the nurse that I wanted to be notified immediately if Adalynn was fussing or having a difficult time. So, at 4:30 Phillip and I went down the hall to check on our beautiful baby-the nurses said she had a difficult few hours, which made me sad that I wasn’t there. But we fed her and changed her itty bitty diaper and off to sleep she went. Phillip had to run back home to get a few things for us – like new clothes and some toiletries. I stayed with Adalynn and was told it was likely that we would be transferred to another hospital because she needed monitoring and care that this small hospital couldn’t give her. The nurse also told me she thought that Adalynn could be in the NICU for 8 weeks! My poor young momma heart just dropped when she said that. Hours later the doctor came in and said that he spoke with the other hospital and we would be transferring to the other hospital to be admitted to the NICU. Adalynn required a special transport team that was much scarier looking than the situation warranted…but also made me pretty emotional. The transport team was wonderful and even offered to let me ride in the ambulance…but Phillip said I couldn’t 😉
So off to the NICU we went. We were taught how to scrub in and then shown to Adalynn’s new shared room. We were greeted by her doctor, who was a very kind woman. She told us that she assessed Adalynn and said as of right now she didn’t think they needed to start any medication but they were going to monitor her closely and make sure she was comfortable and safe. The nurse showed us all the monitors and what they did and they made her a cute little name tag and personalized her bedding. We were told we could stay as long as we wanted or if we needed sleep we could feel free to go home and take a nap. We knew that we wanted to stay with her for the first 24 hours but that we would take turns so the other could nap. The NICU staff was great and I was able to stay until the early morning hours doing skin-to-skin and singing to my sweet baby. It was in the quiet, intimate moments that I began to weep over the reality of holding my daughter close to my skin, the missing piece of our family that we had been longing for the last 24 months. Over the next few days of monitoring many friends visited us, including my mom and sister! The staff at the NICU kept saying how surprised they were that Adalynn was doing so well and continued to just need monitoring because most babies in her similar state would need medical intervention and would be very unhappy – they attributed it to how much we loved her but we knew this was a direct result of prayer and a miracle of God. I reflect on all the times over the last 2 years that we prayed and ask God to protect our baby and now we were seeing the answer to those prayers and the prayers of many others. She continued to improve and we moved forward with going home after just 5 days! . Adalynn was still so small, we left the hospital with her weighing 5 pounds 5 ounces.
All we needed to do next was to wait for our finalization court date August 10th…