I will copy the many Facebook updates here and try to make one cohesive story ...
Born Dec 31/15 at 6:35am via c-section, weighing 5lbs 4oz
Jake & I are overjoyed to welcome this precious little girl into the world. Emily and I are both doing well. She is in the NICU and getting a little help with her breathing, but she is strong and healthy otherwise.
It was all quite a surprise way to close out the year !!
Jan 1, 2016
We are having a good day here. I'm feeling pretty good, tired and sore from the c-section, but good overall.
Emily was intubated for a few hours last night in order to get some medicine directly to her lungs. She came off the intubation and went back onto the CPAP machine and did great. She was taken off the CPAP this afternoon and is breathing all by herself. I got to hold her for cuddle this afternoon and it was amazing 😍😍😍
Jake and Allie were over this morning for a visit and Allie got to meet Emily !! It was so sweet - I can hardly wait until Emily is strong enough for a cuddle with Allie too !!
Jan 2, 2016
Update of the day ...
I was discharged today, so I am home now slowly getting settled. Being home will be good in many ways, and I will be over to the IWK to spend time with Emily daily.
Emily is still in the NICU and will remain there for a little while. She has been on and off the CPAP machine to help her breathing. Today she is also under the phototherapy lights as a preventive measure (her bilirubin levels jumped quite a bit, so they put the light on to help before she is jaundice). Emily is also taking my expressed/pumped milk by mouth, so I will be pumping and delivering it to the NICU daily when I/we go spend time with her.
Jan 4, 2016
Emily is feisty and seems to want to dictate her own care.
Sunday morning she basically removed her own CPAP and eye mask that was on for the phototherapy light. So she has been off CPAP since 8am Sunday. Breathing has been good, with the occasional episode of having to work a bit too hard.
Today she got to stop with the IV for fluids - which is good b/c she kept removing it somehow anyway. While I was there today we got to try breastfeeding and Emily did such a good job - it is a learning process but she's showing lots of interest so I think she is going to do great as she grows and gets stronger.
Jake has been over in the evening every day, and today he had his first cuddle with Emily 😍
If she continues doing well she will soon be able to move out of the incubator and into a cot, and then she will get to wear sleepers and be even more adorable !! Definitely still a few more weeks in the NICU, but the doctors seem very pleased with how things have gone over these first few days.
Jan 5, 2016
Daily Update ...
Emily graduated from incubator to cot last night !! So she's sporting cute sleepers now.
(Jake knew this was happening last night and kept it a secret from me. I was so surprised and excited when I walked around the corner and saw her this morning. Good secret keeping!!)
She got to have her first bath today - she didn't mind the bath itself but wasn't a fan of being cold afterwards.
Her feedings continue to increase, as does my milk supply - thank goodness. She was taking 45mL when I was there midday today.
She is having some bradycardia, where her heart rate drops significantly. The first 3 she had required the nurse to stimulate her in order to get her back to norm. The rest she has regulated on her own which is good. So that's being monitored closely.
But overall, another great day.
Jan 7, 2016
Update: Baby Emily is 1 week old today !!
She is gaining weight and almost back to her birth weight now. Her bilirubin levels are going down, so they are no longer worried about jaundice.
Her breathing has been very consistent with just occasional episodes of working too hard. And she is still having occasional Brady's but is resolving them on her own within about 10 seconds.
Feeding wise, it's a combination of gastro tube and bottle. I am trying to get her to breastfeed but every time I'm there for feeding time she is very sleepy. So hopefully we can make that work in the days to come :)
Not too much to report - which is good news :) Emily is gaining weight, getting close to her birth weight.
January 12th will mark 8 days with no breathing intervention required (CPAP or intubation), which she has to reach before discharge.
Also, Emily is starting to breastfeed (using a shield) and take a bottle. We set a plan in place today - I will be at the hospital daily 10:30-5:30 so Emily will have lots of opportunity to breastfeed, and Jake will be there from 7:30pm-11/12 so he can give her bottles. Once we get to point of Emily being able to take all her feedings one of these two ways, and not need to use her gastro tube anymore, then she should be able to come home !!
It could still take a couple weeks, but it's great to have goals to work toward.
Jan 9, 2016 from Jake
Yay im at my birth weight dad !!! One step forward to come home :) Skin to skin snuggles tonight, tube earlier and great bootle feeds. Great progress to the coming home party Sarah and meeting Rocky !!
Jan 12, 2016
Feeding tube was removed Monday morning - she is breastfeeding well with me, and taking a bottle well from Jake and the nurses. She came off the monitors Tuesday morning (today) - it marks 8 days with no need for breathing assistance. She is doing great !!
Jan 13, 2016
She is home 😍😍😍
Emily was discharged today !!
Originally I was going to room in with her at the hospital overnight but with the snow storm coming tonight into tomorrow, I asked to bring her home today and they said YES !!