Our little baby may be coming home soon. Adair is breast feeding well, so his NG tube has been pulled and we’re on a 48 hour trial to make sure he can eat well on his own steam, and keep gaining weight. As I type this, he’s undergoing his car seat test which is 1.5 hours in a car seat while they monitor his vitals.
So, here are a few things I need to share before we head home. Adair had serious lung disease which means he’s super susceptible to bugs and germs and they can be a real threat to his health. it doesn’t help that he’s going home at the start of cold and flu season. So, we may seem a little crazy and over protective for the next 6 months to a year as we balance protecting his immune system without putting him in a bubble. I get it! Three months ago I was the person that cursed anti-bacterial gels and soaps. Three months ago, I would have secretly questioned if the mom I am now was just a teensy bit paranoid. but three months ago, I didn’t know what I know now, and I hadn’t experienced a super long hospital stay that I’d prefer not to repeat any part of.
So, as much as we’re excited to introduce Adair to the world, we will be laying low this winter. We can’t take him to super-populated areas like the market, the grocery store, derby games, or even Adrienne’s convocation. There will be no visit to Santa this Christmas. We’ll probably restrict visitors but If you come over you will be asked to wash your hands before you touch him, and probably again a few times during your visit. If you or your kids are sick, please don’t come near. If we’re out for a walk, we’ll probably pull the sling over him to protect him from curious hands if someone approaches. We may even post a sign on his stroller. I may ask you if your pertussis booster is up to date. Please don’t be offended.
Yes, you may think we’re crazy, but please keep it to yourself. Trust me. We’ve done the research and we’ve been talked to by all the doctors. We’ll work on building his immune system on the schedule that’s right for him. All we ask is that you respect the decisions we have to make to protect Adair. Thanks for understanding!