Yesterday the Hospice called to ask if we wanted to bring Rachel over for the weekend! The weekend felt too long for me to be away from her and we did have respite lined up for Saturday night. So I brought her in yesterday at 5pm and picked her up today at 5:30pm. It felt strange leaving her there and driving the 30 minutes home. But as I was leaving, one of the nurses said "She is like a daughter to us. We love her too". What an incredible place!
Dave was away at an Elder Board Retreat. We hadn't asked around for a sitter and I really needed some rest so I didn't join them this time. Instead, I took the kids to McD's and let them run off energy and then I went to bed at 9:45! (after all the calls for water, extra bathroom trips, etc..) This morning was so wonderful. The house is still such a disaster (huge understatement!) but I danced with my kids to music and I held Abigail on my lap for a long time. I could tell that they had really missed my attention. We went to a park this morning and I ran up the hill with them and watched them play. We went grocery shopping and then came home for a nap. I slept for three hours!! Dave came home and I went alone to get Rachel.
Rachel is doing so much better!! She has been doing her regular 35 - 40 ml feeds again! It feels so good to know that her tummy is full. She is so much more content. The staff at the Hospice were giving her tummy time and they said she was doing so well. They even think she was trying to move forward by lifting her bum up and down! There was another little boy at the House (three months old) to play with. So she probably didn't miss us at all!
We are planning to bring her there again tomorrow night! This way, we will also have most of Monday to do something special with Abigail and Ethan. Thank-you God for such a Beautiful day!