From Z to A

On Sunday, February 11, we were discharged from the hospital, after a slight hold-up due to a quick visit to the NICU. Alex’s breathing was funky sounding, particularly when he cried. The pediatrician and nurses evaluated him and noticed his oxygen levels dropped when he would cry, but after monitoring, they would always come back up very quickly. They determined that he probably has a soft windpipe, which makes him a bit noisy, but otherwise healthy. 🙂 He’ll grow out of it by the time he’s 2-years-old. All is well, thankfully.

My parents brought Zachary to the hospital so he could finally meet his baby brother. (Thanks to the flu, all siblings under 12-years-old were banned from the nursery.) It was one of my favorite life moments ever.

Zach was SO HAPPY and SO EXCITED to meet Alex. Oh, my heart. His face lit up when we got off of the elevator and he jumped up and down and ran over to us. I’ll never forget how excited and joyous his face was at seeing me after a few days and seeing Alex for the first time. My heart. Jay had gone down ahead of me so he could get into picture-taking position and got some great shots. My parents also got some really sweet pictures of them meeting for the first time, as well as our first picture as a family of four.

Alex has now been home for two weeks. Zach is very loving and attentive to him. He doesn’t quite understand why his baby brother, who doesn’t need quite as much constant attention and stimulation as he did, may not want to always be touched, kissed, or talked to while he’s trying to nurse or nap, but his constant attention to what Alex wants, is doing, and whether or not he needs to “eat the nipple” or get a diaper change is great. I can tell that he is struggling a little bit with sharing me (he has said a couple of times that I can’t love or snuggle him because I have to love and snuggle Alex), but I am trying to give him some reassurance and one-on-one time, so I think he’ll come around as time goes on and things become a bit more normal. I’m just glad that he loves his baby brother and has a genuine interest in him and his well-being. He’s a really great kid.

Here’s our first picture as a family of four:

Helping get Alex out of the car:

And, in one of my favorite pictures ever, helping Daddy bring him into the house:

Snuggles on the couch:

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