Arthur: After 20 days in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Wake Med Raleigh hospital, we’ve finally come home! We left on Monday, May 9, 2011.
Roland: It took an awfully long time to get everything ready before we could leave. Mommy had lots and lots of papers to sign. We also had to show that we could sit in our car seats for at least an hour without having any problems. We passed that test with flying colors!
Arthur: Then the big moment came: We got to take off all of our monitors and go home with Mommy and Daddy! We were so quiet in the car on the way home. We got to meet our big brother Forrest that day too and he is spending time holding us and feeding us and taking care of us. I think we’re going to like him a lot. We can’t wait to meet our other big brother Chandler too.
Roland: We were happy that afternoon. We ate and slept and looked around a lot. We got to meet Apollo and Ping Pong. Apollo likes us a lot and wants to lick our heads, but Mommy and Daddy won’t let him.
Arthur: Ping Pong is funny. He’s not much bigger than we are and I think he’s sort of afraid of us! I guess we seem like very strange creatures to him and I’m sure he thinks we smell funny.
Roland: That night was rough for Mommy and Daddy though. We were feeling very fussy and they complained that they didn’t sleep at all. They looked really terrible the next morning! Why don’t they just sleep during the day like we do?
Arthur: It’s fun to be able to sleep in our very own bed and to have Mommy and Daddy around all the time. It’s also great not to be hooked up to those dumb machines that beep all the time!
Roland: We like having our own schedule too. At the hospital everything was done on a strict schedule. We ate when they told us to eat. Now we eat whenever we want to, although Mommy wishes we would eat at around the same time and not every 30 minutes all night.
Arthur: It will take some time for all of us to adjust to each other, but we’re really excited to be home.
Roland: We’re also excited about meeting all of Mommy’s and Daddy’s friends and our family too. The doctors told Mommy and Daddy that they need to be very, very careful about letting people meet us at first though. We’re little and we have something called mune systerms…
Mommy: That’s immune systems Dear.
Roland: yeh, so that thing wasn’t finished growing when we were born and still isn’t, so we might get sick from people even if they don’t feel sick. Mommy said the doctor told her that we have to be really, really careful for a couple of months so that we don’t have to go back to the hospital.
Arthur: That means we have to stay home for a long time. I guess we have our whole lives to go out and meet people and have fun, so a couple of months isn’t too bad.
Roland: But don’t worry, we’ll keep updating our blog!