Saturday, June 03, 2006

It's Nice To Be Home

It has been so nice being home with Parker since leaving the hospital yesterday morning. Parker has definitely enjoyed himself as well. We played for quite some time yesterday. There were so many things for him to do here that he was unable to do in his isolation room. Not so much that he was not allowed to do them there, but the room was small, and there is only so much you could keep in it.

Parker loves his exersaucer. The only problem is that he is a little short for his age because of the ADA deficiency so his feet dangle about two inches from the ground. We made sure that we placed a pad under his feet so that he could rest his feet flat on it. The occupational therapist told us it was important that he not be on his tippie-toes when standing in his exersaucer as it will cause problems when they begin to start to learn how to walk.

The Toronto Star did another wonderful article about Parker in today's Saturday Star. It is my understanding that it was slotted for the front page until about nine last night when it got bumped for the terrorism bust. It did however make page four and we are very thankful to Elaine Carey for again writing such a wonderful article. If you missed the article you can see it online here.

We were worried last night that Parker may have some difficulty sleeping but that was not the case at all. The nurses at Sick Kid's had told us that he was sleeping through the night but we had not witnessed since we were never there. Parker went down for bed last night around 730pm and he did not wake until my wife woke him at 6am. He fed, and he returned to sleep for another ninety minutes. The funny thing is that my wife got up every hour through the night to see him sleeping in his crib. I know the past four and a half months were difficult for me but I cannot imagine what they were like for her. I am so happy that she gets to hold her little boy in her arms.

Parker has also taken two naps today. My wife says that is normal, so I will be happy with that. It has given us time to continue cleaning the house. I know some people may think it is overkill to clean the house so thoroughly all the time but the last thing we want is our little boy to get sick as we wait for Italy. So, we continue to go through containers of Lysol wipes and antibacterial soap. I have mentioned it to a few people already; our house was always very tidy but now it is very clean. On first inspection there is no difference visually but if you look a little closer you can definitely see why we try and keep the house so clean now.

I must say that there is one thing I completely forgot about since Parker has been in isolation. You see when you where a mask over your mouth and nose you lose all sense of smell. I forgot what Parker smelled like. It is weird because I remember I went home to sleep one night while Tracy stayed with Parker at Sick Kid's before he was in isolation and I had a stuffed animal that he always lay with in his crib. I held it close to me all night because the smell reminded me of my baby. As I hold my son close to me as we dance around the house I notice there is not a single sensation that holds up to the smell of my little baby boy.


Allyson said...

Words don't even come to mind-I am just sitting here with the biggest SMILE. I am soooo thrilled for all of you and what a family photo! Enjoy every second DesLauriers Family!
Bruce, ALlyson and Beck!

Natalie said...

Hi There Parker!

I am still so happy that I can hardly control myself that you are home! I LOVE to see you hanging out at home...just where you should be!!!! I hope you are having a great first full day back! There must be SO MUCH to see and do - wow wee!

I love you little one!
Auntie Natalie xoxox

P.S. I can't wait until we can go for a walk together!

P.P.S I saw your article in the star today...what a GREAT article...and I loved the picture of you and your Mommy!

Uncle Mikey said...

Dear Parky,
When I saw you playing at home with all your toys, it made me cry. You look so happy and healthy and I know your mommy and daddy are joyous that you're finally home. Have fun Parker! You deserve it. Can't wait to see you in person big guy.
Love always,
Auntie Christini and Uncle Mikey xo

Stacia said...

Oh Parker!!! You look so GREAT!!! It must feel nice to be home...
I can't even tell you how happy i was when i read the Star article and saw the picture of you and your mommy...She is obviously so happy...(of course)

WEll Little man - you keep strong ok!!!


Love Stacy xoxoxox