She's so cute, you guys. SO CUTE. I can't believe I made a human that's this freaking adorable.
She is still in the hospital but no longer in intensive care - she's in the transition unit, the last stop before she goes home. We've got another month or two before that happens, but she's doing quite well. She has more than tripled her birth weight and is just starting to take her meals by mouth instead of feeding tube. We've had a pretty smooth path, with no surgeries or major issues.
I went back to work at the beginning of the month, which explains my radio silence. It has been bittersweet to be back - it's nice to feel smart and capable and useful again, and honestly it's nice to be distracted during the period of Baby's life that simply requires patience. But it's really hard not being at her bedside all day long, especially now that she is more interesting and interactive than she was at first. My schedule is pretty demanding right now - I spend a full day at work, then five to six hours at the hospital every weekday, and eight or so hours each weekend day. I don't do much else - laundry when it absolutely needs it. No grocery shopping (thank you, Ronald McDonald House!) or other errands. We have made a point to spend time with friends and family every other week or so, to stay connected with people and give ourselves a break. And I go to yoga a few times a month to maintain my sanity (and it's helping with my recovery as well).
I am still pumping breast milk every three hours around the clock. I made a decision about selling or donating breast milk - I have made donations of several hundred ounces to four different moms (a total of six babies) and I will make an official donation to the Human Milk Bank later this month.
The NICU experience is a really crazy one. I haven't been writing too much about it over here, because I don't know if anyone is interested in that since it's not related to money at all. But I can absolutely talk more about it if people want to know what it's like.