Today is the second anniversary of the day we got to bring our precious baby boy home from the NICU, exactly three months after his birth and two weeks before his due date.
Many people talk about how the most nerve-wracking car ride of their life is the one bringing their newborn home from the hospital. I say try bringing home a 4 pound three-month-old who can barely fit in the car seat and is on supplemental oxygen and an apnea monitor!
And lest you feel like I am exaggerating about barely fitting in the car seat, here is a picture from what us NICU grads know as the "car seat test." Notice how the chest buckle is right up against the crotch-latch. The baby has to sit in the seat and not set off an alarm (apnea or bradycardia) for the greater of an hour or the length of your commute home. Our nurse commented on how serious Fletcher looked during this trial. I had to remind him that us Smykays take our tests seriously (which is even funnier if you know my husband).
Today is also a big day for Smykeeney Baby. A link to her blog is in the right-hand margin, so go check it out!