We’re here in Breckenridge, CO visiting these dear friends and Mini is loving her first vacation in the mountains. Bill and Sarah are long time friends of ours from Maryland so we’ve been having a good time hanging out. They have six children and the two older sons, ages 10 and 12, share a bedroom that is basically a Star Wars Legoland O’ Fun and Max? He thinks Colorado is not only the place where babies come from but also the place where you die and go to heaven.
Everything is going so well. Mini is a such a wonderful baby and she has stolen all of our hearts. She has the cutest little squeaks and funniest little facial expressions. We took her to the pediatrician today for a check-up and I’m proud to report that she has gained a big ol’ 3 oz from her hospital-leaving weight. She’s 6 lbs even and is the very picture of health.
Since we’re at a high altitude we needed to get her oxygen level checked. This whole oxygen checking/possibility of turning blue thing was a little scary to me at first, but all the doctors at the hospital assured us it would be okay to take her to the mountains as long as we got the levels checked. Her hospital pediatrician even joked, “if she’s pink then you can keep climbing, if she’s blue then you need to come down”. Good news – her levels were at 98%, which is super (anything lower than 90ish would be of concern). She’s pink as can be. 🙂
I love it up here. The first couple of days out here in Colorado were a whirlwind of activity and emotion from both the birth and the discharge from the hosptial but being up in the mountains with friends has given us a needed rest. Our plans are to stay here until Monday then go back down to stay at a Residence Inn close to where A. & J. live for a week before we fly back home.
We have to wait until the Interstate Compact (state to state adoption stuff) goes through before we are cleared to leave the state of Colorado. Yeah, it’s sort of a pain to live out of a suitcase (or in my case, several suitcases) and, OH!, we’re anxious to get home, but I think the time with them will be really special.
We have even talked about having some kind of ceremony with A’s youth pastor to express our commitment to Mini and to each other through our open adoption.
I haven’t talked to A. directly since we left the hospital, but I believe everything is going well with the adoption paperwork leading up to Friday’s court hearing. Today I called A. at home to tell her about Mini’s doctors’ appt and her dad answered the phone. He was happy to hear from us and said the counselor happened to be at their house that very moment. A. was in the process of signing all of her relinquishment papers, which I’m sure was not an easy thing to do. Lousy timing on my part to call right then, but maybe in a way it was good. She knows we really do want to stay in touch.
Jumping to another subject, I had a great night’s sleep last night. Mini is waking up every 3-4 hours and last night I was able to put her down after feeding her and changing her diaper for each middle-of-the-night feeding. She fell asleep on her own and I got at least 5 hours total sleep for the night. That’s two more than average for the past 3 nights. Amen and glory hallelujah.
Thank you all again for your comments. I LOVE reading them – they give me such a boost.