Monday, August 11, 2008

homecoming pictures!

First a few pictures from Thursday, my friend Lisa was visiting (mom to 4 preemies) taking pictures and Whitney was visiting too (step-sister) and they were there to hear the news that Quinn could come home on Saturday!

I know it seems funny that I'm smiling while Quinn is crying, but you have to understand, we NEVER heard Katilyn cry (and still can't) to this day. His cry is music to my ears! Mom attempting to breast feed and feeling very happy about the little guy actually trying, (never had much luck with Katilyn), but he's still not doing all that great at it. He tuckers out after a few minutes and starts crying, wanting milk from the bottle.

Trying to burp Quinn

Aren't baby feet the most amazing things?

Proud mama in the NICU

Going Home Day!

Quinn's going home outfit (not really planned out) First time without leads (monitors) attached. It's such a feeling to hold your baby (and scary) for the first time without looking up to the moinitors to see if he's breathing and getting enough oxygen. It's also amazing not to have to worry about all the cords. Only NICU mammas can understand this amazing sense of freedom (and fear) at the same time!

Quinn in car set on floor of NICU. This is when I first started really crying. Quinn was in the NICU in the same exact spot that Kaitlyn was when she went home and I remembered putting her in her car seat on the floor and so many emotions came rushing back to me. I'll see if I can find Kaitlyn's picture in her car seat for comparison. Quinn is SOOO much smaller on going home, which is also crazy, as obvioiusly Kaitlyn was such a smaller baby at birth.
Here is Kaitlyn on her going home day in her car seat!

Kaitlyn's home coming with our dog Kailan

In the car. Freedom! Of course I looked at him over and over to make sure he wasn't turning blue and not breathing.

At home at last!

Kaitlyn checking out her baby brother

Wow, this picture melts my heart!

Today, Kaitlyn checking out her baby brother sleeping. In the morning Kaitlyn runs out in to see where Quinn is.

This picture today of Quinn sleeping reminded me of the front cover of a Preemie book that was our bible while we were in the NICU with Kaitlyn.


MamáChanga said...

I've been checking in hoping for this update.

Gosh, he's so beautiful! Congratulations on the homecoming & I know exactly what you mean about the freedom to hold your baby without all the leads. He looks so tiny in that car seat & it's hard to imagine my girls weighed even less than he did when they came home with us. Seeing him in there brought back all those memories. Thank you and God Bless.

Hugs & Blessings!

Anonymous said...

You look amazingly beautiful!I can compare this time picture with your first picture with Kaitlyn and you look much more younger,happy in this picture and so much peace in your face!
Your baby is beautiful and so is your girl.

Kristina said...

I am SO happy for you that Quinn is home!!! Congrats! Congrats!!! CONGRATS!

Adam & Andrew said...

Congratulations on Quinn's homecoming! So happy that your family is together now, the photos are beautiful!

Kendra's mom said...

Such awesome pictures! So happy for you all. A friend of mine who has a tube-fed boy with Mytochondrial Disorder was terrified when she had her second baby as well. The second was normal and she did not know how to handle a normal baby... Baby is now 2 years old and she managed just fine.

edbteach said...

Congratulations! I was hoping that this was the reason you hadn't posted about how Quinn was doing. He is so adorable. I love the last picture. So cute!

foolmother said...

Thanks so much for the post and the pictures. We were checking every day to see if he had gone home. What a beautiful family!! Love to you all!!

Judith and Jason said...

What a joyful time! Congrats on Baby Quinn's homecoming!

Sheri said...

WOW! Many Praises here! So glad he is home with you and the family!


Aidan's mom said...

Gorgeous photos! I really see a lot of your hubby in him right now! Congratulations on being done with the NICU!

Amy said...

He's gorgeous! Congratulations, and ENJOY! (He does look awfully tiny in that car seat, doesn't he?)

ThePreemie Experiment said...

He is such a beautiful boy Liz!! I am so happy for all of you.

I sure can remember bringing Tyler home without any wires. It felt so incredibly wrong. I didn't know what to do with a unattached baby!



Diana said...

I'm so thrilled to hear the homecoming news and to see the pictures! He is just adorable and I love the shots with his big sister! Hugs to all!

Anonymous said...

congrats, liz. he is beautiful! i hope for many good days ) and nights!


Kim said...

Liz, he's beautiful. Congratulations.

Alyssa Morris said...

Congrats to you and Brian - I am so happy that Quinn is home with you guys now! We're thinking about you and SO thrilled that you are no longer in the NICU.

-Alyssa & David

Kristin said...

He is absolutely gorgeous :-) Yahoo on being home and wireless... its an amazing yet odd feeling isn't it?

When P was in the SCN/NICU, we used to joke how high tech that she was with all her wires and machines.. and when she came home, we called her Presleigh V2.0, Wireless Model.

I hope you're getting rest and that Miss K is a little more excited about her brother now. Can she say Quinn?

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on bringing Quinn home. The photo of Kaitlyn holding her brother is precious.

lisa said...

I'm so happy for you guys Quinn is home. Yay! Quinn looks so much like Kaitlyn in one pic. And I love K's white blond hair. What a gorgeous bunch you all are!

Kristie, Dallas, TX said...

Quinn looks a lot like Kaitlyn. They're both beautiful children.

Shannon and Carey said...

He's really pretty Liz. I too remember coming home with the kids off monitors. Abigail was home 2 days after Porter and I remember asking if I could bring home the apnea monitor. They said it wasnt necessary. I had to totally trust them. And yes I too know the experience of wires vs no wires.
Congrats and kiss and smell his head for me.
And of course congrats to Brian and Miss Kaitlyn. She must be so thrilled. Does she help you???? I bet she does.
-Shannon in Austin

Justine said...

Aww, what a cute little man! He looks a lot like Kaitlyn in your profile picture. Congrats on the new addition.

Julie DeRuvo said...

Hi Liz,

Congrats on Quinn coming home! I am so happy for you & your family. What a little pumpkin... he is a absolutely beautiful!

Hugs to all of you!

T said...

Happy Birthday Liz - i think it's today (8/25)??

Quinn is adorable, we are so happy for you, Brian and Kaitlyn. I can't wait to meet him next time I'm in Marin.

Love to you,

Trish, Bob & Gavin

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Anonymous said...

I know you're busy but I would LOVE a picture filled update on Quinn. He is so precious and I bet he's filling out like crazy. Hope you are in a groove with breastfeeding. I've been thinking about you!