It's been nearly 4 months since we brought Hazel home from the NICU and it's been wild.
Bringing a baby home is a learning curve. Bringing a baby home on oxygen... well, that's a whole other level of long days and sleepless nights. Would I have it any other way? Not a chance in the world... well, maybe I'd take a couple more hours of sleep ;)
But it's been an experience for us as well as hazel... learning what each other's needs are and how we communicate them, and trying desperately to establish a routine which let me tell you, as a micro preemie mama is nearly impossible with the never ending appointments. We are now finally in a place where there are fewer appointments and we can begin to figure out some kind of normalcy. We have our morning routine down pretty solid but the afternoons are still a wild card. Hazel sleeps well at night but a terrible napper. Most days she will have 2-3 morning naps but come afternoon that girl says no way to sleep. She will fight it and fight it until 9 pm when she goes down to bed and then wakes up at 5 and is in and out of sleep until 7 or 8.
I will say this though... 2 weeks ago hazel came off her oxygen and life couldn't be sweeter. Finding time to shower let alone maintain my blog was near impossible before when hazel was constantly connected to an oxygen tank but I must admit that having her off her oxygen tank and being able to move freely about the house with her now has freed up my hands and my time just a little more and I'm finally able to start working out again, getting caught up on housework, and yes... BLOGGING!
I'm still running on little sleep but the emotional exhaustion of low flow exhaution... It's real and no joke.
So SEE YA LATER oxygen cylinders. We will have them here through the cold and flu season in case hazel needs the support if she catches a bug but here's hoping she won't (fingers crossed) and we can send these cylinders back to vital aire in the spring.
I'm so looking forward to a more regular blog with you all as I continue to work on my book!