Yesterday marked the one month mark of having Gracie home with us and honestly I would be lying if I said that it has gone by fast. If anything this month seemed longer than the three months we spent in the hospital. Don't get me wrong I love having Grace home with us, but oh how hard it is!!! Luckily she is such a cutie.
Having a new baby in the house who requires constant medical care, working full-time from home, and having a two year old (who has decided to be two) really has taken its toll on me. Most days I wake up after a night of choppy sleep, only to go throughout my day dazed and confused, counting down the hours until my dear husband returns from work to help with the girls. All I can say is thank goodness for caffeine--I know I drink more than my share these days but without it life would be far worse.
But all of it is worth it...other than better sleep, I wouldn't have it any other way. Grace really is a good baby considering the life she has been asked to live. I think she enjoys being home. She sleeps most of the time, will wake up and smile and stare intently at all of us and even takes quite a bit of abuse from Morgan happily. Don't get me wrong she has her moments where she just screams and can't be consoled but it seems to result in an upset tummy, because twenty minutes later and a messy diaper she doses off to sleep peacefully.
This week Gracie caught her first cold and she has been miserable. I took her in for an x-ray and had an interesting x-ray in that she may be developing pockets of pneumonia. Really there is nothing for us to do other than to watch her and keep the humidifier on to help with her cough. She hasn't had a fever, just is really congested, so much so that at night her oxygen goes from 1/2 liter to almost 1 3/4 liters. Hopefully we can get rid of the cough and congestion and continue growing and working on some developmental milestones.
Gracie had about 10 minutes of tummy time again tonight and absolutely hated it, but is gaining some good neck strength. She does favor turning her head to the right more than to the left so we are working on that as well. Other than that she still reminds me much of a newborn with how much she sleeps and rests, but I'm sure it is good for her. I just can't wait till we can get her on a good schedule...one that will hopefully allow for at least a 4-5 hour chunk of uninterrupted sleep!!