Thursday, May 5, 2011

Home!

After the third blood culture came back negative, the doctors sent us home today! Like last time, the past several hours have been a hurricane, and we are both exhausted. Unlike last time, we saw the hurricane coming and geared up. With my sister Anna in town, we have an extra set of loving and helpful hands to cook, clean the kitchen, do laundry, make trips to the pharmacy, spoils us at Babies R Us, and cuddle Sam as we desperately pull meds, set up appointments, prepare feeds, and unpack.

With our new regime of antibiotics, the schedule is even crazier than before--something is being prepared/admistered/cleaned, etc. almost every half hour, and of couse, we just want to spend lots of time with the little guy.

But most importantly, the little guy seems quite happy to be home--all smiles and wide eyes. As we rocked back and forth in the gliding chair tonight, I read him a story. He listened, and we cuddled into the calm of his quiet nursery.

Welcome home, Sam.

38 comments:

  1. How wonderful! How stay put this time little man ;)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Woo-Hoo!! And, AMEN.

    RX: Hold close, rock gently, sing softly - minimum 10x daily.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hooray! I was hoping that was the reason for no post yesterday! Enjoy your Mother's Day at HOME!!! I love you all and will hopefully see you soon :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. What wonderful news! And twice as nice to have family there to help you. Enjoy this mother's day Kristen.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Home sweet home with your sweet baby boy, Happy Mother's day... lots of hugs, kisses and cuddling to Wolfie, stay strong and healthy baby boy! You're all in my thoughts and prayers
    ~Mary Madar

    ReplyDelete
  6. Have a great Mother's Day Ms. Leclaire! Such amazing news :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. Yay! Sam's a rock star and so are both of you. I was so relieved and happy to read this post and I hope home is all you hoped it would be and more! - Hannah Leffingwell

    ReplyDelete
  8. Praise God! I am so very happy for you all.
    -Kendall in Oklahoma

    ReplyDelete
  9. yipee skippy!!!!!! (seriously, i don't know how to spell yipee, but you get the drift). happy M day, Mama Sam (that is what we would call you in Rwanda). xoxo jules
    ps blanket series, gorgeous!

    ReplyDelete
  10. YEAH! Praying that you all stay put!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Enjoy a wonderful Mother's Day, Kristin. (My own Samuel was born on Mother's Day in 1987, and, consequently, I LOVE that holiday.)

    I'm thrilled to read that your sweet little boy is still fighting. I once read (can't remember where) that those adorable newborn smiles are actually evolutionarily programmed means of survival. Parents are utterly exhausted while tending to the needs of a newborn...but the early smile is a way the baby connects to AND CONTROLS the parent. The parents are so enthralled by the baby's cuteness that they continue tending to him, despite the sleep deprivation and the incredible stress. So...your Samuel's smiles are another way he asserts himself. He is obviously a survivor.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Also...don't worry about house-cleaning. Let it go. Rock Sam instead....

    ReplyDelete
  13. Jason, I also love the ellipsis...

    ReplyDelete
  14. I miss my favorite little man! Hope you guys are staying sane with all your feeds and antibiotics, it will get easier, really I swear! Give Sam a smooch for me and I will see you when its time for his Glenn, and not a day before!!
    Carrie (the short one!)

    ReplyDelete
  15. Do you have a camera? I would like to give you a camera- any camera you like! I am totally serious.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Woo hooo! Good job, Sam!!! So happy for your sweet family! Tell Sam to keep the smiles and the progress coming!

    ReplyDelete
  17. I am so glad to hear this :) It makes me happy to know that things are going better. I wish all the best and happy Mother's Day!

    ReplyDelete
  18. I just came home from a short trip abroad and had to catch up on all the news. My goodness, what a roller coaster again!
    But I'm so very happy you're home now with your little man!
    I'm hoping and praying all will stay well now and you will have time to settle into this new routine ... home and happy!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Anne told us all the good news yesterday--what a ride. Have a happy, blessed Mother's Day Kristin, you deserve it.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Yeah! I'm so glad that you are back home and will be able to settle into a routine there, even if it is a crazy one. Have a great first Mother's Day.
    Love,
    Carolyn

    ReplyDelete
  21. Yea!!! Such awesome news! Have a wonderful Mother's Day.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Great news about the negative cultures! I wish a Happy Mothers Day to you, Kristen, and your "little man." He's remarkable! I think we've all fallen in love with Sam,and we're awed by Jason's and your courage and tenacity. Sue

    ReplyDelete
  23. Mrs Leclaire!
    I hope you visit your desk before summer! I left some teenie tiny baby accessories for your teenie tiny baby! I don't know how else I would get it to you so I just left it on your desk! You were a great english teacher, and youre going to be the greatest mommy! If you ever need a babysitter remember me! --Meghan Rietveld

    ReplyDelete
  24. Whoot whoot! I am so thankful that you all are home and pray that the antibiotics will do as they should and that the clot will dissipate.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Tammi T. ( mom to an HLHS boy)May 7, 2011 at 8:37 PM

    I'm so glad to hear Sam is home! Thank you, Jesus! What an answer to prayer! We will continue to pray as you adjust to the new routine. Have a wonderful Mother's Day with your precious Samuel!

    ReplyDelete
  26. So glad to hear Sam is back home. After all you've gone through lately, he better get up early, and whip up one heck of a Mothers Day breakfast. You deserve it.

    Sam's Uncle Pat

    ReplyDelete
  27. Kristin, Happy Mother's Day!

    ReplyDelete
  28. HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY, KRISTIN.

    NKL

    ReplyDelete
  29. So glad you're home. Give my great nephew a big kiss for me.
    Aunt Sharon

    ReplyDelete
  30. So happy to hear that you're home! :) Welcome home indeed, to all of you!
    Leslie

    ReplyDelete
  31. I'm thrilled to hear this news! I miss you being at school everyday, Mrs. Leclaire, but I'm happy you can be with Wolfie and am ecstatic to hear about his progress.

    ReplyDelete
  32. Mrs.Leclaire,
    I'm so happy to hear that Sam is doing well, and that you got to go home. We miss you at school, and you are all in our prayers. I hope that you had a wonderful Mother's Day. You are the most courageous person i have ever met. If i don't get to see you before school ends, i hope you have a fantastic summer!
    -Nouhad E.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Hi beautiful family! Finally catching up on things and am so happy to hear you are all home! He is beautiful! I would love to come and see him but know how busy and tired you must be. I will give you a call when you get settled and school is out. Hugs and kisses, especially on those chubby cheeks! -Melissa

    ReplyDelete
  34. We are SO SO happy to hear that Sam is home (at least we hope he still is) and that you got to spend your first Mother's Day at home with your sweet baby! You are dearly missed at school!!! We would love to come and visit you sometime soon... Sam is beautiful:)
    Good job Sam!!!!
    We are amazed at your strength, courage and we love the sense of humor that you and Jason have held onto through all these trials. We continue to pray:)
    love Becky and Molly

    ReplyDelete
  35. YAY!!! Sam is the cutest.
    Lots of love to all of you.
    xo, Eliza

    ReplyDelete
  36. Sam is so beautiful!! I hope you enjoyed your first Mother's Day!!! We are so thrilled for you two. Enjoy your summer...lots of rocking, cuddling and exploring life with your new little treasure.
    Love Always, Katie and Steve

    ReplyDelete
  37. I hope all is still going well. We miss the updates but totally understand :) God Bless!!

    ReplyDelete