Today, during Linda's morning visit, they needed to give Alicia eye drops in preparation for her eye appointment. No sooner had they taken off her blindfold than four or five nurses all made a beeline for our incubator to coo and ogle Alicia. And of course Alicia was eating up all the attention. Linda says that as she was being held and surrounded by all these people, she just looked up at everyone with rapt attention, smiling and making cute expressions. Our little girl, such a ham already. Where in the world does she get it from? ;)
Alicia is still doing really well on her thinner nose cannula, so that's a good sign. Linda confirmed that if she does do well, then they will start making preparations to get her upstairs to the step-down unit.
Both Linda and I are excited but apprehensive about this move. I mean, our 5th floor NICU is all we've known. The nurses and hospital workers there have become our friends. It'll be really hard for us to leave, and the nurses have readily admitted that it'll be hard for them to let go of Alicia as well. Linda even asked if we could just stay in the NICU and just go home from there. =) But we'll see.
Also, with the prospect of coming home looming closer and closer, I'm becoming more acutely aware of how much more there is to prepare. People have offered to help but the problem is I don't know what I need help with!
I have no idea what I need to prepare for a newborn, let alone one with such a dramatic birth story.
While it can be nerve-wracking, I have to say that this is a VERY, VERY nice problem to be having. I mean, we're preparing for the home-coming of the queen and princess! What a celebration that will be!