I told Kelley, and lets just say we were out of the house faster than lightning!
You know you look at your baby and she looks so tiny, and then you feel her in your arms and you realize she IS tiny. The whole whopping 4lbs 14oz of her.
I will say that Kelley was amazing. He had been at the hospital much more than me, and all he had been allowed to do so far was sit and stare. I offered to let him hold her first, and he let me.
I'm not trying to take away that first moment all mom's go through that moment they finally have their baby in their arms, and can see a face. It's an amazing moment when you get to see the reality of that child that has been beating you up from the inside, and hold them in your arms. At the same time, my daughter had been in the world for 3 days already, and she had never been in my arms. I'd gotten to touch her a few times, that was it. Kelley had spent hours by her side, and not hold her. That moment you wait for your whole pregnancy, the moment when the baby comes wailing into the world, announcing their arrival, and the doctor places that beautiful life into your arms, we didn't get that. We got a grunting baby and watching her be whisked away. For us, THIS was THAT moment you wait for.
The NICU also does something you may have heard of "kangaroo care" basically having you hold your baby against your skin, it's amazing the healing properties skin on skin has for both adults and children.
Kaitlyn with a toy that Tina Hawkins gave her. The green pacifier is the same one you see in the stores, and those are the standard air tubes and such on her, that I think gives a good idea of how tiny she is.
Squishes with her Daddy in Kangaroo care. (She loved being in her Daddy's arms by the way. All of her stats shot up great while she was in his arms.)