As you might imagine, it’s been an absolute whirlwind of a week to say the least. As a brand new dad, there are a half-a-million thoughts swirling around in my brain right now. Each thought alone isn’t enough to justify a blog post, so I thought it might be helpful to get them all down, pensieve style, to make room for more.
So humor me with my New Dad Stream of Consciousness, and if you have any comments or advice, you know what to do!
- First and foremost: a special thanks to each and every one of you for your thoughts, comments, and prayers for Missy, the girls, and I. We are completely overwhelmed by the love and compassion you have shown…we never knew how invested you all were in the health and well-being of our family. We can never repay you all, so please know that we sincerely appreciate all you’ve done.
- Along those same lines: in the midst of, well…everything, I’m afraid I have accidentally deleted some of the pending comments on my blog. So if you don’t see yours, I do apologize; please repost and I’ll get it up there ASAP.
- The blog post from Monday was my way of decompressing for a few minutes from all the action. After delivery I immediately went upstairs with the girls, and after spending 15 minutes in their room, I became emotionally overwhelmed by all the action and went to check on Missy. I returned upstairs a few minutes later to the organized chaos, so by the time I went back downstairs, I was drained. The post helped me calm down and refocus on the gravity of the amazing events that just took place.
- I have no idea who the man in the elevator is in the picture I posted on Monday. I think he was just catching a ride up to the NICU.
- For those of you wondering where all that dark hair came from, above is a picture from when I was only one or two days old. Mystery solved!
- The girls all have O+ blood type, just like their Dad as well.
- Went up to the NICU this morning to find Rowan’s IV in her head. Seeing my dismay, the nurse explained to me that nothing was wrong; Rowan simply kicked out of the one on her foot and her forehead was the next best placement since her hands were slightly bruised already. Even so, I feel that a warning would have been nice.
- The “well baby” nursery is literally ten steps outside Missy’s hospital room. Our girls are two floors up in the NICU, and although they are doing very well, it’s still really tough to walk past every time we visit them. There needs to be a better way.
- “Daddy Mode” has officially kicked in: I have been doing my part and helping the NICU nurses with the girl’s mouth care, temperature taking, and diaper changing. If I can do all this while the girls are still hooked up to IV’s and monitors in their Isolettes, I shouldn’t have any problem once they get home, right? At least…that’s what I keep telling myself.
- There are a lot of beeps and alarms in the NICU. It’s amazing how quickly I’ve learned to distiguish the normal ones from the not-so-normal ones. Thankfully, they are usually normal.
- I spent a few minutes Google-ing some more birth month facts: the May birthstone is the Emerald, the zodiac sign is Taurus the Bull, and the May birth flower is the Lily of the Valley. I think that those tiny little white flowers fit the girls perfectly, don’t you?
- 1,436 individual blog hits on Monday the 17th. Should I be surprised?
- Is it cool that I wear my three wrist bands around like a badge of honor?
- Will I have to get rid of my “faux-hawk” now that I’m a Daddy?
- Saying (and hearing) their names aloud has been pretty surreal after keeping them a secret for so long.
- No, she will not be called “JJ”. Ever.
Here are a few more pictures from the past few days.
On a more serious note, Missy is getting discharged from the hospital Friday afternoon. The realization of going home without our girls has slowly started to sink in. More prayers for strength would be appreciated.
Thank you again for following along with us and our story…more to come soon.