Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Kate is Home!


Kate came home from the hospital on Tuesday, July 14th! She gradually started to eat better and better until the nurses were able to remove her feeding tube. I stayed at the hospital overnight with her and she did well, so the next day we got to bring her home. She is still a difficult breast feeder, but she takes a bottle really well so right now I am pumping milk and giving her a bottle at every other feeding until she gets the hang of nursing.

View Kate's Hospital Portrait

Unfortunately, she still has to be hooked up to an oxygen tank as well as a machine that monitors her heart and respiratory rates. She will probably be on oxygen for at least a couple weeks, and the monitor for at least a month. This makes taking her places (even up the stairs!) a challenge but we are just so thrilled to have her home.

Video of Kate at Home

Finn got a present of five Hot Wheels cars from baby Kate which has helped them become instant friends. He already loves to hold her and 'hep-you' (help you...meaning me) to make the baby comfortable. We are so excited to finally be an official family of four!

18 comments:

tara said...

what a little trooper! so glad you guys are all together in the comforts of your own place. good luck and we'll be prayin!

Zane and Lexi said...

she's so adorable! so glad your family is finally together...we miss you guys and think of you lots :)

Katie said...

I'm glad she's home! Congrats on now being an official family of four =-)

Lisa said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for you and your family!

The Dobrons said...

So glad she's home and doing well...you take advantage of those visiting teachers!!!

jenny barton said...

so glad kate was able to come home! although those machines are incredibly annoying, it's so much better than being in the hospital, right?! and i'm sure finn loves having his mommy back too. hope you are well, thinking of you guys often...

What the Hecklinger?! said...

I love the hospital portrait! I only wish they would have done it Dad-style and put a pen next to her, so you could see just how tiny she is! :) And the video is so great! I want to come down and visit, but Brody has picked up a little cold, so we'll wait until he is lookin' better for Kate's sake. Hurray to have her home!

ec said...

so glad she's home! she is a little, tiny beauty. i'm excited to meet her in person ... someday;)

Courtney and Sam said...

we're so glad she's home! she's so cute, and apparently very smart for giving her big bro such a sweet present.

maryirene said...

yeah. i'm so happy! i bet you're even happier! good luck with everything. what a great idea of kate to give finn cars:) so cute. i bet he's such a cutie to her.

Lisa Johnson said...

Congrats! I am so happy to hear that everything is going better...I was really worried there when you didn't post for a few days!

Marce said...

she's perfect, ashley! hope you're doing well...and that she continues to get stronger and stronger! thinking of you all the time :)

Nichole said...

So glad everything is going well! Yay for families!

Paige said...

Hey congrats on the new baby & I'm so glad to hear that she's home now! I can't imagine leaving your baby at the hospital & then leaving your toddler to see your baby at the hospital...so hard! Keep up the work & hang in there!

Annalisa said...

smiles. glad finn warmed up to her, the cars are a great idea.

jeffrey said...

yay for kate! and yay for two kids! congratulations, the family of four thing is fun - especially when the kids are friendly with each other. sounds like they're off to a good start!

jeffrey

KSK said...

Oh my she is such a sweet little cutie. I am so happy that she is able to be home, and that things are going good. That is such a cute idea to have your new baby give a present to Finn. You are such a good mom. Let me know if there is anything I can do. For reals. I want to come visit. I wasn't able to work my schedule out to come earlier with Natalie. I'll figure something out with you later.

Parks' Place said...

I'm so glad Kate is home! She is such a cutie!