Mia was born at 36 weeks, which is one week premature, and 4 weeks before her due date. Because Mia was born premature, she had to do a car seat test. They needed to monitor her oxygen levels sitting in her car seat for 90 minutes. The morning we were scheduled to be discharged from the hospital they took her to do her test. Two hours later they brought her back and informed us that she did not pass. While in her car seat she would lose oxygen and have moments when she would stop breathing. It wasn't anything serious enough that she needed to be on oxygen, she was breathing just fine for the most part, but just something they wanted to monitor for 48 hours. While I wanted nothing more than to take my baby home, I am so grateful for this test and that we would know Mia was healthy when we were finally able to take her home. Jordan and I were able to sleep at the hospital in a visiting room to be close to Mia. I couldn't imagine going home without her. My mom was at our home with Boston, and they would come visit during the day, and she would stay with him at night. I loved seeing Boston and Mia together. Boston loves her, and wants to kiss, touch, and hold her. He also loved visiting the hospital to see the train and run in the halls. We are so happy my mom was in town to play and take care of Boston while we took care of his baby sister in the hospital.
The doctors told us if Mia had no incidents where she would stop breathing after 48 hours they would re do the car seat test and we would be able to go home. They performed the carseat test during night 2 at the PICN and Mia passed, but following the test that night and next morning Mia had 4 incidents of losing oxygen, 2 where they had to stimulate her to remind her to start breathing again. Because of this they wanted to continue to monitor her for another three days. Mia did great the following three days, having no more incidents, and we were able to bring her home. It was the greatest day to have our own little family together in our own house, and in our own beds.
We are so thankful for all of the doctors and nurses who took such good care of us during our stay at the PICN.