Caringbridge Update

We’re celebrating two birthdays this weekend:  Sam’s adjusted birthday (today), and his 3 month actual birthday (tomorrow)!  Preemies have 2 birthdates for the first couple of years of life.  Too bad he can’t eat cake yet!  Sam still had a lot of developing to do when he was born, so he is nothing like a 3 month old baby.  He is very much like a brand new newborn–he is in the 50th percentile for height and weight for his adjusted age.  Developmentally, Sam is actually a little advanced because of the extra three months he’s had outside of the womb.  He can lift his head and his doctor confirmed yesterday that his smiles are real, social smiles and not gas!

I’m sure you’ve guessed already that Sam is finally home!  Our last night in the hospital was pretty stressful. Sam was weighed at about 11 pm on Wednesday and was down an ounce and a half.  On top of that, he got a bit constipated and wasn’t interested in drinking much milk.  We were sure they wouldn’t let us take him home. Our nurse decided to weigh him again in the morning, and his weight was actually above what it had been Tuesday evening.  Don’t ask me how that happened!  It definitely wasn’t because he ate a lot!

We could hardly believe it when we were given Sam’s discharge papers.  We signed a bunch of papers, unhooked him from his monitors and walked out of the hospital for what we hope will be the last time for a very long while.

We love having Sam at home, and I think he’s pretty happy to be here too.  Darwin, our cat, isn’t sure what to think yet.   We’ve had a few stressful moments and some sleepless nights, but we’re enjoying our time together as a family.  Sam is getting used to sleeping in our quiet house instead of in a hospital room filled with the sounds of alarms, chatter, and crying neighbor babies.  We’ve stopped checking to make sure that he is breathing every 15 minutes.  It’s more like once an hour now. 🙂

For the last 3 months we’ve watched enviously as new parents walked out of the hospital with their newborns.  For those parents, bring the baby home was just the beginning.  We’ve already been through so much with Sam that it is hard to remember that this is just the beginning for us too.  The first chapter of Sam’s life has come to a close, and now we get to enjoy our beautiful boy and really be parents for the first time.

Thank you for sharing our journey with us.  Sam is a lucky little boy to have so many people in the world who love him so much already.  This will be our last post on CaringBridge, but if you still need a Sam fix, you can go to http://www.castillomania.com for photos and updates.

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