Zoey was diagnosed with Periodic Breathing, which amounts to borderline Sleep Apnea. She is on a titration of caffeine citrate, which stimulates the brain and has been proven effective in training newborns to take regular breaths. She will hopefully grow out of the condition as her brain and body continues to develop. Until then, she will be on a sleep monitor at home.
It broke my heart to leave. I wanted to see my brother and sister in law take her home where she belongs, but I am so incredibly thankful that she will be okay. She should be released from NICU in the next few days if treatment goes according to plan. It has been a very long, stressful two weeks for my family. We greatly appreciate everyone's prayers and well-wishes for our sweet Zoey girl.
In other niece news...
...it's Layton Josephine's birthday!!! I can't believe she's two years old. She is such a funny, adorable girl with a huge personality. Jo loves to dance to anything that resembles music...doesn't matter what it is. We can turn on a TV commercial or randomly hum a tune and she busts a move...hilarious! Love her!
I finally made my way home to Alabama on Saturday, but my heart is still very much in Louisiana. I hate being so far away from my nieces. Traveling is difficult and sometimes impossible, so I don't see my out-of-town family often. My muscles are not in good shape at the moment and sometimes I think I'm going to lose my mind over the pain, but I wouldn't trade this trip for anything. I am very grateful that I could meet Zoey, see Jo, and be there for John and Kayla during this roller coaster of a time. Walker in tow, I managed to buy groceries and cook several meals for the family. I did veggie beef soup, bacon mac n cheese, loaded baked potato soup, a taco/burrito bar, and burgers. Everything turned out well, and I was so relieved. Ha.
I'll try to catch up on blogging this week. I have a lot to talk about concerning goals, health, moving out, travel plans to Georgia and Florida, shows I'm watching online, and perhaps I'll give you some insight into my boring life by sharing a bunch of random pics too.
Sweet dreams, my lovely peeps.