First day with the silo
Last day with the silo
All closed up!
First time being held, 8 days old
First sponge bath, 9 days old
All swollen, and no one knew why...
Faith's first Thanksgiving, chest tubes and a PICC line were her gifts
(and we didn't get to hold her for 2 weeks!)
Skimming breastmilk... I spent probably 4-6 hours a day doing this!
The first few batches of skim milk I took to get tested for fat content
Extubated the day after she turned 1 month old
The first time we ever saw her face without anything on it!
First time wearing clothes, the shirt was preemie-sized
First time doing kangaroo care
First time in a crib, all decked out for her :)
Already looking yellow, barely a month old her direct bili was already over 3...
First tub bath! No one told us anything about not getting her line wet... and this was when all she had over her insertion site was a band-aid!
We decorated her room for her first Christmas
I was so glad her chest tubes came out in time for her to wear her Christmas dress! The bib was mine when I was a baby.
First time in the sling
Getting one of her first oral feeds... I think there were maybe 3 ml of milk in that syringe!
Right after her first time breastfeeding, at 2 months old!
Her first time being "cordless". It felt so weird to be able to hold her in the middle of the room!
Her first time in her carseat, doing the test the first time we were supposed to go home back in January. (Notice how orange she is- this was maybe 2 days before the labs when her direct bili was 11.8)I think this is the night they drew the 11.8 DB labs...
First time wearing a cloth diaper
Her awesome NICU friends made her a pretty sign for her door when she turned 4 months old
Post-op after getting her g-tube
Getting ready to go home for the first time!
First time in the car... she didn't like it much!
First time in her own bed
At the airport, waiting for our flight to Boston
All of our stuff we took to Boston...
Admitted in Boston
Her first Omegaven!
A visit from the clown doctors
With the crazy manometry tube in her nose... it reminded me of an octopus or something
Flat lines... not what it's supposed to look like...
We went all over Boston in the stroller. I had to put a sign on it that said "Please don't touch me! I am just as cute from a distance!"
Her "after" picture. This is the week her direct bili hit 2.0, after 30 days on Omegaven.
First time trying to eat solids... she didn't think it was a good idea.
At the aquarium. This is the tank of menhaden, the fish they make Omegaven from.
Faith and Daddy, and the Prudential Center after we went up to the top
Faith and Mommy with the mama duck at the Public Garden
All of us with Ben Franklin at Fanheuil Hall
Faith and Daddy by the Mayflower replica in Plymouth
All of us as shadows at the Pilgrim Memorial Park
Faith practicing sitting in her bumbo-type chair at home
With Daddy and Noah the night before Daddy left
Passed out post-op after her scar revision in July
Hanging out at Boston Common this trip... totally TPN free, and sitting up unsupported!
Pre-op waiting to get her line taken out
Pushing up on her hands on the bed in our room at DNH!
Eating! Munching on a strip of dried banana and some fruit puree and actually LIKING it!
Faith has come SO FAR in the past 10 months... Like I said above, I would never have imagined that we'd go through all of this, but honestly, I'm glad we have. I have learned more, and met more wonderful people, than I ever expected to in my entire life. As hard as it's been, I am so thankful that we've been blessed to have had this experience!!