Wow! Thanks to all our readers and the congratulations and well-wishing which outpoured over the last 24 hours.
Two Supergrands arrived yesterday afternoon to take their first shift. Although it’s quickly becoming apparent that the idea of having “shifts” is quite different than the last time around. In some ways, I hope to not be forever comparing this-time-around to last-time-around, but in another sense I don’t want to ever forget the differences. I mean, from day 1, here’s what’s going through my head:
- Valor’s hands open right up, as Jennifer so eloquently observed in yesterday’s comment. Not only do they open, they squirm around and wrestle their way out of most of the swaddling straitjackets I’ve rolled him up in so far.
- Valor knows immediately what to do with a nipple. Tongue down, latch on, get to work… as if he’d been doing it for years.
- I assumed that when they were first taking his temperature and inspecting him they would do a sort of obligatory blood sugar reading. In fact, I was looking forward to seeing the Accu-Check come up with something normal like 60. It turns out they don’t do a blood sugar test unless there there are symptoms of high or low sugar. When an endocrine system works, it just…works.
- Not only is Valor with us here in the hospital room, but there are no wires! and no isolette! We can actually just pick him up and pass him around freely. Amazing. He’s not even on monitors that show his breathing or pulse.
There has been a request for more pictures: