She had only been off her monitors for days before we brought her home. We were so used to having a machine let us know when she didn't breath for a few seconds or when her heart beat slowed down. What now?
No matter how scared we were of bringing Roxy home that day, we were very fortunate that instead of bringing home monitors and oxygen tanks, we merely had vitamin and iron supplements.
After arriving home at midday and answering a million phone calls from family and friends, Roxy napped and we took turns holding her. I don't think we put her down for the first 12 hours.
We had a few visitors that day and the days that followed, but because it was November and the beginning of RSV season, we asked that everyone not only washed their hands, but used hand sanitizer. Germs were an enemy!
You have to learn not to go places. Russ and I were able to leave to do what had to be done, but other than traveling to my aunt's for daycare, Roxy did not leave the house. Quarantining is not fun, but with a little one so sensitive to germy conditions, its a must.
The monitor was a life-saver. We tried sleeping with Roxy in our room in a co-sleeper the first couple of nights, but it didn't work out. We had a twin bed in her room for us to use, so I began sleeping in there with her with the monitor on. There were a few times that the monitor would alert us to something being wrong, but most of the time, it was solely Roxy moving around the crib while she was asleep.
Bringing a #preemie home is more than just the car ride home from the hospital.