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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Open for visitors

The hospital that Connor's in has very strict visitation policies for the NICU. Partly due to its small size, but mostly to protect the babies inside. All along, we've only been allowed 4 people total on his visitor roll (besides his parents)... and these people were not to be changed... ever. So that means his 4 grandparents filled the roster, and that's it. Only 2 people are allowed at his bedside at a time. On very few occasions, they've "bent" the rules a bit, allowing us to bring in someone from church for a blessing or a rare family visit.

Once we finally bring Connor home, we won't be able to have visitors for awhile. We won't be going anywhere except to his doctors' visits for quite a long time. Because he's a preemie, and because it will still be flu/RSV season (tail end), we need to take every precaution... to make sure he doesn't have to go back to the hospital. Unfortunately, lots of visitors means lots of germs, and his immune system won't be quite strong enough to ward off even the tiniest bug. (Not that we don't want to show him off... we do! We just can't take the risk. You understand, right?)

So, with that being said...

Since moving to the step-down NICU at Rush-Copley, Connor's now got his very own WINDOW! The window looks out into the Mother-Baby hallway (and if we strain, we can even see daylight from his bedside!). If anyone would like to come see him, he can have visitors this way. Please contact us, and we'd be happy to meet you (if we're not there already) and show off our little guy.

He's quite handsome in person... I promise.

7 comments:

Hayley said...

oh, how i wish i could come sit and stare at him. he's absolutely delicious in picture, i don't know if i could handle real life.

my friend who's grandson was born 2.5 months early & is now a year old, he still is really sensitive to germs... when they bend the rules and take him out, he does get sick. kinda stinks, but worth taking seriously!

Jen Nelson said...

We are so happy for Connor. I can't believe how BIG he is. Moving to the other side is one step closer to coming home. It is an exciting feeling to be able to share him in the window. I am in the same boat about germs with Natalie and not being able to take her out. We see the doctor and that's about it. I hope your parent meeting went well. I had a time when we were getting close and had to really let them know exaclty what I was feeling. I was so tired of hearing "The lightbulb will go off and she will figure it out" I waited 2 1/2 weeks for Natalie's lightbulb. again, we are soo happy for all of you and tell Connor Happy Birthday!!Natalie LOVED his pictures!!

tiburon said...

Now if only I could get to Chicago!

Nate and Kelly said...

That's so exciting!! I'm so happy for you guys...

Nate and Kelly said...

just wished I lived a little closer!!

Suburban Hippie said...

I would totally don full personal protective equipment - sterile gloves and all - to see your little one... I wish you weren't so far away :(

sumthinghappened said...

Hey Aimee, your little Connor is darling! I am glad I followed the link to your blog so I now understand your little guys story. Looks like each day brings a little more light. Good luck!

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