Yipee!! Alice came home. She needed to go throughout the day on room air before they would let her go home. She will require oxygen for possibly two more weeks while she is sleeping. Thankfully this is something we can do at home. On our way home from the hospital Matthew called to see how close we were and Alice heard his voice through the phone, she yelled from her car seat, "Matthew, I'm coming home!!" She was so excited to see everyone.
Each night in the hospital I would try and sing a lullaby to her. She only wanted me to sing the Happy Birthday song. I think she requested that song, because it's got to be the only song I can sing while the tune still recognizable.
We had some fun times this past week in the hospital; played a lot of games, read a lot of books, and watched A LOT of Care Bears. I have some cute pictures and videos of her that I will post.
I keep saying "I will post pictures, etc."...reality is now that I found my USB cable, I can't find my camera. Isn't that the way it is sometimes.
Natalie told me when I came home with Alice that she missed me and asked that I never leave again. I would love to commit to that promise :)
I took Natalie to the store and she and I picked out some more gluten-free food. I have to admit that I had a little break down while shopping. I had to work hard to hold back the tears. Seeing Natalie looking intently for gluten-free foods and wanting so badly to see the same varieties she would under normal circumstances was hard for me to swallow. I know once I have enough uninterrupted time at home I will be able to create meals just as satisfying. With that said, I see that under her new diet she is becoming more healthy. She eats more fruits and vegetables. She loves chicken legs...we know how to make good chicken legs. I have her taking a really good gluten-free vitamin to fill in any gaps of nutrition. Over the past couple weeks Natalie has become more confident in herself. Tyler and I feel like she has learned a great amount of self control (due to her new diet) which in turn has strengthened her confidence...such an amazing fact of life.