So Susan is home!! Elizabeth and I got up to the hospital around 12:30 today. We had lunch and then went up to visit Emma and Hannah. Elizabeth got to touch each of them again, which made her very happy. Both girls are still on the C-Pap and are both being fed by a feeding tube. Susan has started to produce milk and it is being fed to both girls through a feeding tube. They told us that they have increased their feedings and both girls have had wet and poopy diapers. It is just a day to day with them and they want to make sure that both girls are resting peacefully and not over working themselves.
Around 3:30, the 3 of us went upstairs to say goodnight to the girls. Susan was holding it together until I hugged her and started balling myself. (This is the same way I/we felt 6 weeks ago after dropping Susan off at the hospital. It will get easier.) We went down and got the rest of Susan's stuff from her room and the nurses all escorted us to the main entrance. Susan made some really good connections with many of the nurses and hospital staff. I think most of them were sad for her to leave. I am sure we will stop in again and thank them with some flowers. They were all so helpful in making the last 6 weeks go by smoothly.
We stopped at Hannaford on the way home for Susan to pick up some perscriptions and groceries for the week. And then made our way home. Susan was amazed to see how green the grass and fields were. When we got home Susan discovered the sign Elizabeth and I made for her this morning. (I printed it on the computer and Elizabeth did the painting.) And for the first time in 6 weeks we ate a meal at the kitchen table. That was pretty nice but I think Susan and I still had an empty feeling. But we are headed back up to the hospital tomorrow, after we drop Elizabeth off at daycare.
I guess that is it for now. Thank you to everyone for the well-wishes and prayers. We still a long road ahead of us until Hannah and Emma are home with us. But we also know they have some of the best (and most expensive) babysitters with then right now.