Delaney Grace is Home!

After spending 67 LONG days in the NICU, Delaney Grace came home last Tuesday.

Swafford Family the day Delaney went home

She started her NICU journey weighing 3 pounds 2 ounces:

Delaney One Day Old

She ended her NICU journey weighing 6 pounds 1 ounce!

Delaney Northside Hospital

If you have never had a child in the NICU, you don’t know how hard it is.  First of all, I live at least 25 minutes from the hospital…without traffic.  With traffic, it can take up to an hour and a half.  Making that drive every day was brutal.  Towards the end, I ended up going around 10:30 and not coming home until 7:30.  I was so sick and tired of sitting in traffic to go or come home that I tried to go when traffic wouldn’t be bad.

Another challenge of the NICU is people telling you what to do and when.  Towards the end, I felt more free to make decisions for her but it was still hard when she was supposed to feed every three hours but would get hungry at 2 1/2.  It got to the point where I would just feed her a little to tide her over.

You can’t eat in the NICU at all.  There were some days when I would barely take time to eat because she was wanting to be held or I needed to feed her or change her or she was fussy.  Needless to say, I didn’t lose any weight hanging out in the NICU.

The day in and day out getting ready, sitting in the NICU, driving in traffic and having no control over the air in the room, took a toll on me emotionally.

Now, it wasn’t all bad.  There was A LOT of good that happened.

First of all, I got to spend several hours a day with my daughter with NO distractions.  We cuddled, snuggled, bonded, I learned to feed her and we just hung out.

Snuggling Delaney

There was no laundry to be done, no meals to prep, no blogging to happen.  One on one time with her and I for 8+ weeks.  I will NEVER have that opportunity again and I will forever remember those long days together!

Second, the time I got to spend with my mom.  My mom came to the hospital with me every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Mom holding Delaney

She would make my lunch and come sit with me and we would talk and laugh and cry.  I will NEVER forget those special times we had together and if Delaney were not in the NICU, we never would have had that time or made those memories.

Lastly, the nurses in the Northside NICU were AMAZING!  I never worried if she would be ok.  They were awesome and even made it fun to be there.  The staff at Northside is top notch and if you are in the Atlanta area, have your baby there.  You won’t regret it!

So, after spending over 8 weeks in the NICU, Delaney came home when she would have been 40 weeks and one day old.

Delaney Going Home

We are trying to adjust to life at home.  The nights are sometimes sleepless.  There are worries that are in my mind like am I feeding her enough, is she sleeping too much, why hasn’t she pooped…you know, stuff like that.  Overall, I am trying to enjoy every moment at home with her.  I will be going back to work in January and I will never be able to get this time back.  I am trying to savor every moment of every day.

I have been thinking about weight loss again.  I have been thinking of you all and I knew I needed to give you an update.  My blog is not going to the way side.  I will still blog about weight loss and life with a baby at home.  I just had to get out of the NICU and get home and adjust to the new “normal!”  I need to lose weight and get my blood pressure under control.  Now that I am home, I can focus somewhat on that.

But…not too much because I have this to focus on…

Delaney at Home

Being a mother has changed me…for the better.  I never knew what I was missing and I am still so thankful for God providing us with this miracle.  She is amazing and wonderful and I can’t wait to watch her grow up!

Stay tuned for more frequent posts and maybe even a few vlogs.  I want you all to meet her and see how adorable she is in “person” via Youtube!

Thank you for loving us and being patient with us and hanging around even though I haven’t been around much lately.  I’m back and she is home.  Life is Good!

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About Jennifer Swafford

Jennifer is an elementary school teacher who is trying to lose 100+ pounds. She has certainly learned how much It Sux To Be Fat and is here to motivate you to live a healthy lifestyle.