Monday, January 5, 2009

Mondays With Crosby

Our little guy officially turned 1 week old at 11:24am!! Part of me wants to cry because the first week is already over. I just want the clock to stop so I can soak in each and every second with Crosby. He is just precious...and I am not just saying that because he is mine...he is... :)
His first week outside the womb was a bit of a whirlwind...to say the least. His stay in the NICU lasted a little longer than expected. Fortunately we were able to see him often. Visiting hours are pretty flexible in the NICU. They are only closed from 6-8 am, 12:30-1:30pm and 6-8pm. We were given 4 passes to distribute as we chose to family/friends. Our parents were able to visit him multiple times as well. There were a few set backs along the way. Of course there was the initially respiratory issue of grunting. Then the little guy had difficulty maintaining his body temperature. We, along with the staff, realized his area of the unit was a bit drafty, likely keeping him cool. The last hurdle was a bout of jaundice. It sort of felt like 2 steps forward and then 1 step back. Not to complain. We are thrilled that his issues were relatively common and easily treated.
Crosby has now survived the first 60 hours with his parents being "in charge". We were able to room in the NICU on Saturday night and he was perfect for us. He barely made a sound all night long. We had to wake him up to eat every 3 hours. Sunday morning, Dr. Rojas (neonatologist) came in and completed an examination before signing the discharge paperwork. His bilirubin was still elevated but that was expected. The doctor anticipates it will drop on its on. Just to be safe, we will see the pediatrician tomorrow and have his levels drawn again. We are praying that they have continued to trend downward.

Of course there are a few pictures to document the last few days!

Last time at his NICU station...



Dressed for the night in his preemie gown...

Dr. Rojas completing his exam...



Danielle...Caroline and Crosby's nurse...


Tiny baby in a big car seat...

Swaddled up in his cradle at HOME!!

Sweet face...

As for coming home, we were thrilled to finally show off this little miracle to more of the family. The ones without passes!!! A sweet friend, Jessica, and her husband Wes, flew in for the occasion. She is a photographer and wanted to take pictures of the big day. She was there when we walked in the door. She was there when I saw his room for the first time! That will be a post in and of itself but for now...a few sneak peeks!!!


All I will say is the room is TO DIE FOR!!!

*if there are tons of grammatical errors, forgive me. No time to proofread...

12 comments:

Val said...

I have been waiting for this post ALL day!!! I can't wait to see more pictures- I felt so, so special when Corey called me like 45 minutes after that precious boy was born to tell me...and we've never even met! BUT she knew I had been praying for ya'll constantly and have drowned myself in your blog. He is precious, precious, precious. I can't wait to watch him grow!!

Shellie Salza said...

Welcome to what I like to call "the baby abyss"! There will be no time for many things, but lots of time for you guys with Crosby and it's exactly how it should be. Turn off the phone, shut down the computer and enjoy every second you can because you're right, it goes fast!

Anonymous said...

Oh, how precious can it get?!?! He is so, so beautiful! And I must say, the gown is gorgeous....sorry, Blake, but it is a gown! :) I am so thrilled for you all! As I lay my head down tonight, I feel honored to say a prayer of gratitude that Crosby is home, sweet home!!! jill

Karina said...

Congratulations on bringing your sweet boy home! What an amazing milestone! I look forward to meeting him at church. Can't wait to see more photos of your nursery!

Anonymous said...

Welcome home!

partyoffivetn said...

What a wonderful time and day for you all!! I am so happy to see this post after reading and praying for you the past months. God Bless you and your family.Your Crosby is beautiful! Congratulations!!

jaime s said...

Welcome home to the Malone family! Love all the pics. That last one is too cute! Looking forward to seeing the nursery! He is so adorable. So happy you all are home!

Jennifer DeMoss said...

Blake and Danielle,
Congratulations on bringing your sweet baby boy homr. He is absolutley beautiful. I am so happy for you. I can not wait for the day that I will get to meet him. My little boy is only 8 days older so hopefully they will be good friends. Welcome home!!

Carla and Daryl said...

oh oh oh ma goodness! these pictures are so precious..i love the one where he is all tightly swaddled up at home and the one where he is lounging against his crib pillow...looks like he's dreaming of yummy bottles or something!! can't wait to see what the rest of the nursery looks like. how's nugget with the baby? is he already protective of crosby? great pictures!!!

The Napier Bunch said...

He is too precious for words! I am so happy for you guys and continue to pray and praise God for his miracle! I hope YOU are feeling well! Both my babies had jaundice (Joshua's was really elevated) and I was so concerned, but it will go away and it will be a distant memory! Congratulations!

Katie said...

I'm sure your pedi will tell you this, but I was told to hold Audrey in direct sunlight to help with the jaundice. So every morning around 11, I'd pull a rocking chair over to the window in her room and rock with her for about an hour while the sunlight poured in all over her. Sweet memories and her jaundice cleared up fairly quickly!

Rachel said...

Such a cutie! And, I can't wait to see the room!!!!