The doctor called just a bit ago. Last night they did Elise's car seat challenge, which she must pass in order to come home. They hook her up to her usual monitors in addition to the pulse oximeter (not sure if I ever remembered to say they had taken the pule ox off, but they did so a couple of weeks ago) to ensure the O2 saturation in her blood stays at the right level and that her heart rate stays up as well.
We figured everything would go well since she's now 5-1/2 pounds (well over her car seat's 4 pound requirement) and has been doing so well over all.
We didn't get the news we had hoped for. She failed the challenge. I asked the doctor if it was Elise or the car seat. He said it was Elise. She's just not ready yet.
I was folding laundry when he called - Elise's laundry. Last night I put all of her new blankets, bibs and hats from the shower, the Boppy cover, the bouncy seat cover and her newborn clothes in to wash and dry. Wanted to make sure everything was ready so that when they told us today of the exact day we could take her home, I would know everything was just about ready for her.
As soon as I hung up the phone, I cried. A few minutes later, I called Kit - still crying. The doctor called back, luckily after my crying had died down a bit. I was hoping he was calling to say he made a mistake and that Elise had actually passed the car seat check. But it wasn't meant to be.
The doctor was actually calling again because she's due for her first round of immunizations. He recommended doing them while she's in the hospital since they can continue to monitor should she experience any apnea episodes, which I guess occasionally happens. More than likely she may just run a fever and be a little less hungry. The nurses are supposed to give me some paperwork this afternoon, and the doctor will follow up with us tomorrow to find out our decision about whether to have her get them in the hospital or at the pediatrician's office. Kit and I talked and we both believe it's best to have her get them in the hospital, though doing so may add a few days to her time in the NICU if she does start having apnea episodes.
So our little girl isn't quite ready to come home yet. Please pray that she continues to progress, tolerates her immunizations well and is ready by the time they do her next car seat check at the end of this week. And please pray for Kit and I as we process the disappointment of not getting an exact date and of continuing the waiting.
I was going to post photos this morning but understandably don't quite feel up to it right now. So I'm going to work on housework and will plan to post the photos tonight.