Friday, January 2, 2009

Counting Down

January 25th.

That's the day he's coming home. Don't ask me how I know, I'll tell you when the time comes. His doctors and nurses have not given me a date, his pediatrician today said he is unlikely to be home by mid january, which just further confirms to me that he will be home January 25th. I am still hoping for a sooner date. I would be very happily proven wrong if he comes home before the 25th.

The 26th is my birthday. Which means this year I will recieve the best present in the world, bringing home a living baby. I kept telling myself that this interminable wait would be easier if I had an exact date to look forward to, and now that I do, it too feels so far away and unreachable. I also feel mortified by the prospect of him staying past his due date. It feels so very unfair. Had he been born at 37 weeks or 38 weeks or 40 weeks on his due date, he likely would have been perfectly healthy and sent home a day or two later with me. I would be one of those ignorant smiling moms with the carseat in the elevator going home without a second thought. I would not be the haggard, tired woman that the security guard recognizes on sight. I would not be "mom R" who has her every visit and every question marked in a chart. I get the feeling most parents with healthy full term babies do not have a chart where someone makes comments such as "Parents seem affectionate, asking appropriate questions, concerned for their baby". I get the feeling those parents who stay briefly and then leave with their babies are not judged on a daily basis.

I get the feeling that they do not get a lecture for breastfeeding their child for an hour because it has ruined the feeding schedule. They do not have to sit and watch their baby cry in a plastic box and not be able to comfort him, and watch him have the most difficult time falling asleep because of the very bright flourescent lights that are directly in his eyes.

I had thought for some stupid reason going into this that once he reached his due date that was it, the time here was up. He would be able to go home, why would he need to stay past his due date? Everyone else goes home at that point. Actually that is not true, many of the other babies go home well before their due dates.

And he is growing so fast, he has outgrown all the preemie stuff now. The clothes we got for him that are washed and folded in his drawer, he never got to wear them. He outgrew them before he even wore them. I feel like I am missing out on everything. I'm missing him growing up, because he is growing up in the hospital, in some stupid plastic box. Where the nurses laugh when the babies cry and say "that baby better learn to suck it up because no one is going to jump to his/her every need." I have these irrational fears that he will be there forever, that he will learn to roll over while in that stupid plastic box and I will miss it because I simply can't be there every minute of every day. I know he probably won't roll over until 6 months or something like that, but he's already been there almost 2 months, what's 4 more? They don't seem to think he is coming home soon. Ugh.

January 25th. That is what I must keep telling myself. He will pass his carseat test on the 24th, and come home the next morning. All I have to do is make it to that day and this will all be over.

Please tell me, how do you make it through the hard times? Do you have any tips for making it to the finish line without losing your mind?

6 comments:

She said...

I was actually going to suggest that you come up with a date as a goal. I think that will be really helpful for you. I'm glad you decided to do that.
I used to keep myself going on the treadmill by telling myself that I would "just run until I got to 500 calories" and then when I got there, I would change the goal to something else attainable like, "Now I'll just run until I reach 20 minutes." When I reached that goal, I would change the goal to, "Now I'll just keep going until I reach 3.5 miles." It's a mind game, but it really helped me to go faster and longer than I thought I could. Best of luck. It must bo so, so hard to wait, but you're doing great.

Never Clever said...

You poor thing. That must be the hardest thing ever watching your baby grow up in a plastic box in a hospital.

Just know that no matter what, he WILL come home to you. I think that was wise to set a reasonable date to look forward to.

Keep on keeping on. You make not feel like it, but you're doing an awesome job so far!

Stay strong.

Becky said...

HE WILL COME HOME!

I'm sorry that you are having a hard time. I know how frustrating it can be when you don't have a date...or when people say, "Just be patient...be glad that there isn't something worse wrong with them."

And you want to scream, MY BABY IS IN THE HOSPITAL! IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT IS WRONG, IT DOESN'T CHANGE THINGS!

I know that it feels like an eternity now, but it's going so quick. It's January now, and the 25th isn't far away. It's already the 2nd, and you can make it to the 5th. After that you don't have long to go until the 10th, and it will fly to the 15th. Before you know it, you'll have only a few more days left and you'll be running around like an idiot trying to get everything perfect.

I felt the same way, that Lily was growing up with the nurses and not with her mother. But so much is going to happen. Sky is going to learn so much with YOU! His mother, not in the plastic box. He'll be smiling at YOU from his crib, not a flourescent light. He'll adjust to being home, I promise. And the good news is that babies that have been in the NICU can sleep through anything!!! So you don't have to be as cautious about being quiet when he's sleeping or there being to much light. He'll adjust because that's what he's used to.

You are a tremendous mother. He is so incredibly fortunate to have you, and the nurses know that. Everyone knows that.

BTW- did you really see that in his chart? I wonder what was in Lily's...

Probably, "Mother is impatient. Wants baby home now, but isn't going to happen." or "Grandmother visited today. Despite our best warnings, had to put baby back in crib because it was unsanitary for tears to fall on babies face."

Amy said...

(((hugs))) I can't imagine how hard this is, but I think the only way to get through it is just as you have...one day at a time, taking care of him and you, and trying to get other people to either be supportive or get the hell out of your way.

Ange said...

Hmmm making it to the finish line...I am working on that. It must be so frustrating and stressful to not have him home yet. A date is a great idea and my birthday is the 28th so I will be thinking of you on the 26th too. Hoping January passes quickly for both of us and that your little lovely guy is with you soon.

Wifezzilla said...

Those nurses were such btches to you. I wish you had told them off a few too many times, I want to call them and tell them they were horrible people making you feel so badly for the time your baby was in their care.