The girls behaved themselves their last few days in the hospital, passed their carseat tests, and made it home yesterday afternoon. They spent 18 days total in the NICU.
It's so amazing to be home and to have them here with us. W has been such a good daddy and is a great burping/diaper changing partner.
For the last night at the hospital we brought the nurses a big box of coffee from Dunkin Donuts and a bunch of chocolate. The morning of their discharge we stopped at a bakery and brought a whole bunch of goodies. We got cards for our 3 favorite nurses and left them at the nurses station. I can't begin to thank them for being so great to our girls. They were so amazing in so many ways. One of our favorites came down to say goodbye to the girls and gave them big hugs before we left.
Our first night home went pretty well. Clara was pretty fussy from about 11:30 pm-1 am. We are trying to follow the NICU schedule of feedings every 3 hours so we tried to let her fuss some but then broke down and picked her up. I ended up rocking her in the nursery and that put her back to sleep. From 1-10 am they woke up every 3 hours to eat and then went right back to sleep.
For the 1 am feeding we gave them bottles to make it a little quicker. I'm still pumping after nursing them so the whole routine takes a little over an hour.
We purchased the Snuza Halo baby monitors which gave us huge peace of mind last night. They clip to their diapers and monitor their breathing. If it doesn't sense movement for 15 seconds it vibrates. If another 5 seconds pass without movement it sounds an alarm. I can't recommend them highly enough.
I just feel so lucky and blessed to have these girls. It's still somewhat surreal that they are ours.