During the first four days, Debbie and
Tim stayed in the hospital while Debbie recovered from her
Chloe surprised us by
arriving on September 4- 33 days before her due date! As a
result, she needed to spend some time in the special care nursery.
The first picture shows her hooked up to a breathing tube- she
was on this for about the first 24 hours.
Chloe looking all
quiet and peaceful. Whenever we stopped by the special care
nursery, she seemed to be sleeping. The nurses said that she
cried plenty- when we weren't around.
The shot in the middle
shows how tiny Chloe was- she's holding Daddy's pinky in her
right hand and Poppy's (Deb's Dad) pinky in her left hand.
Pictures of the new
family- tired, but very happy! This was the first time we got to
hold her. It was a little scary because she had an IV and still
was attached to various monitors. We also got to feed her for
the first time, and we had to struggle to get her to take 15
milliliters. For the first few weeks of her life she had to be
fed every three hours, whether she was awake or asleep. The
pediatrician said preemies don't always know to wake up when
In order to help
regulate her temperature (and keep things nice and quiet), Chloe
spent a few days in an isolette, pictured top left. The purple
"rock star sunglasses" were worn to protect her eyes
while she received light therapy to prevent jaundice. Chloe
loved being swaddled and seemed particularly content wrapped in
a blanket and lying in the isolette.
Another shot that
shows how tiny she was- in Daddy's arms, first picture.
This sign was made by
the special care nurses and was above her spot in the nursery.
They took great care of her there!