Well, it is now day 2 in the lives of Ciaran and Shay. The boys have begun to settle in at the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) at Women's College hospital. Liza is still recovering from the C-Section in room 311 bed 3. We met the neonatalogist today that is taking care of the entire NICU, Dr. Robert Jankov. A very nice man originally from Australia. He was very helpful and took the time to talk to us about how things are going and what we can expect. I think it is around this time that we learn about the NICU rollercoaster. This is one ride that no one wants to be on.
The day for the boys is mostly uneventful and to be honest we are still in a bit of shock so even if something did happen I have no idea if we were equipped to deal with it. We've started to receive lots of visitors, flowers, calls, etc. There are so many great people in our lives and we have a lot to be thankful for.
The NICU is a scary place I have to say. It is intimidating as well. Our boys are in a pretty cramped room with between 12-14 other babies. The whole room can't be more than 800 sq ft (someone who was there can correct me!). There are so many machines and tubes and sounds. It is quite noisy actually considering the quiet the babies were used to in mommy's belly. We learned lots of things that we honestly didn't want to know. Things like blood oxygen saturation levels, IVs, ventilators and more. But despite all of that we have also met some of the most caring and dedicated people.
The day ends with me going home for a night of sleep - Liza trying to get some rest at the hospital. By the end of the day we are both a bit worse for wear and we need to sleep!