Rexxy is 1 week old today!! Today started a little rocky, but had an amazing finish. We were on our way to the hospital to see Rex this morning when the NICU coordinator called about a miscommunication with his transfer and regarding which hospital or person would be paying for the transfer. We decided to have a meeting as soon as we arrived which we were informed that a NICU coordinator at the Whittington booked the wrong transfer service so they needed to rebook for a different service. Thankfully after talking to the new hospital they got it sorted out, so we were still able to get started with our 10:30 departure.
The transport team arrived and discovered that his cannula (IV) was not working properly so he needed a new one so he could get fluids during transfer. Joe stayed in the room with Rex because I couldn’t watch because it took so long and way too many tries to get a new IV started in his other hand. The second doctor that tried was finally about to get it started after what I hope was minimal jabs (I wasn’t in there and asked minimal questions because I really didn’t want to know how many times my little baby was jabbed). They got him in the transport incubator, we finally got him calm (they skipped a feeding so he wouldn’t get sick during transfer and he was not happy about it), and then he pooped!! So then they had to change him and we had to get him calm again which was a difficult feat! However, with the help of a little sugar water, a paci, and some mommy cuddles, we got him all settled and ready for the transfer!
This time Joe nor I were able to ride with him due to space, so we took an Uber and arrived at the hospital right after he did. We got all settled in his private isolation room (just until his infection swabs come back negative to make sure he didn’t bring anything over from the other hospital). We met all the nurses, the doctor, and talked to multiple people this first day to get him settled. Today they are just planning on watching him, getting to know him, and then steps will be made to reduce oxygen and temperature in his incubator as needed.
Tonight was also the first night I didn’t cry leaving him! Not that I wasn’t going to miss him as much tonight as any other night, but I just had a different feeling. I knew he was getting taken care of so well by his sweet 1:1 nurse, and I just felt a sense of peace leaving him here tonight. I hope he enjoys his new home and has a peaceful, uneventful night!