Let The Good Times Roll

It would seem that the roller coaster through Nyanaland has encountered a relatively tame section of track, where there’s nothing but happiness around every bend and the emotional lows are nowhere near as gut wrenching as they’d been months and even weeks ago.

Funny, as I read that back, it almost sounds like I’m being over-dramatic. Months ago! But with my original due date just a week away, it dawned on me today that we’re less than two weeks away from having a 3 month old baby! Three months! If you’d asked me the day she was born how long I think I’d be able to endure the NICU, I’m pretty sure I’d scoff at the notion that we’d need any longer than three months. And yet here we are, ready and willing to put in another two months if that’s what it takes.

So we’ve had some amazing progress and amazing progress deserves celebration. We called on the city’s finest paparazzi to peek in on the festivities.

Getting prepared for the big day

Nyana's not too sure what to think, but we want her wearing her Saturday best for the big event.

A rare moment of Nyana with nothing on her face.

It looks so peaceful and serene, but there are four pairs of gloved hands just out of frame ready to dive right back in as soon as this photo was taken.

A visit from the grandparents.

My grandparents, Nyana's great-grandparents, stop by to admire her.

Nyana strikes a pose.

Striking a pose for the camera. Sbe loves her CPAP mask and she loves her "It's my Planet" onesie.

With a bow in her hair.

We used to sit and brush her hair. Unable to brush her hair these days, we just drew in a pretty bow.

The Evolution of The Board

Nyana's board v.2

The Bracketts.

Best family portrait yet.

A good solid week of happytimes doesn’t come without a pitfall or two, though. It would appear that our chauffeur—the wonderful and chatty bus driver who has faithfully picked us up every Monday to Friday at ten o’clock and who even got his wife reading this very blog—has been assigned a new route. He mentioned negotiating routes last week and then this Monday we noticed someone else was driving his bus. When this someone else was still driving tonight, we assumed the inevitable. So to you, good sir, leave a comment and let us know what route you’re driving now, and we’ll make sure you get to meet Nyana once she’s free. Thanks for always listening to us and for getting us home safely every night.

Stay tuned for more exciting news this week. Apparently the doctors and RTs were debating in morning rounds today whether or not Nyana was ready to be downgraded to the single pressure CPAP machine. For now, we’ve decided to keep her on the biphasic for a week to ensure she’s not tiring herself out too much, but timelines and predicted schedules mean nothing in the NICU. We’re still on Nyana time, and she’s finally catching up.

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About Mrs. B

Wife, mother, marketer--not always in that order. Lover of fine food, good company, and exceptional grammar. Mother of one former micro-preemie and one full-term monster baby. Building childhood memories in Vancouver's suburbs.
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8 Responses to Let The Good Times Roll

  1. Sheryl says:

    Princess Chubchub has the most lovely cheeks EVER!! I just LOVE looking at her. Sooo happy she is doing so well!! =)

  2. Linda says:

    I never thought I would say this but Nyana looks so good on the CPAP ~ true, we may not be able to take in all of her beautiful face but knowing that her little lungs are strong enough to be rid of the ventilator is reason enough to rejoice for this newest piece of equipment.
    Yes, every progress is on Nyana-time but she is proving to us all that she will succeed at this “breathing”. After all, she wasn’t due to be born for another 8 days. If Nyana could talk I’m sure she’d say “I’m going to do this but only when I am ready for it!”
    Love you Nyana,
    Grannie

  3. Shannon says:

    Your new family photo is amazing – it made my eyes just fill up with tears. So happy for you all.

  4. Mike says:

    That’s so awesome. :). Love the pics

  5. Sue says:

    Karen,

    It’s so great reading yours and Donner’s posts on here, especially when it’s good news! There will be a celebration in all of North America when that little cherub is ready to go home! She has the most kissable cheeks and I love your family photo!

    Keep up the great work, Princess Nyana!

  6. Tamara says:

    What a lil rock star! What a wonderful family pic!

    I just have to add how awesome her board is. ‘princess chub chub of the sunshine brigade’ Love it. lol

  7. Such a wonderful post today!! Love the new family portrait.. may it just be one in a long line of such images!

    I hope you do get to see your friendly bus driver again so he can meet Nyana! That will make yet another great picture.

  8. Olivia says:

    Nyana – I like being a burrito too 🙂

    Love the new pictures, especially the family portrait 🙂

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