Irielyn - I am crossing ALL my fingers and toes for you that you get your kiddo soon! You've been such a trooper! Good luck. :)
Yogini - adding another voice to the 'please get checked' chorus with the swelling. You had asked earlier why I had to be induced, and the main reason was that I have borderline high blood pressure that made it too risky to carry my babe past 40 weeks, although having low fluid also contributed. I was monitored like a hawk for pre-eclampsia for my pregnancy, even though it was super uneventful, and the face/hand swelling is a big potential sign. Feet/ankle/leg swelling can be too, but it's way more common in pregnancy - the hands and especially face are worrying.
Eloise - so beautiful! I can't believe she's a month old already - I'm sitting here with a 4 day old, and that's staggering enough! :P
AFM - brought my kiddo home today! She is the sweetest thing, so contented. The one good thing about the NICU, for better or for worse, is that she does have a quasi-schedule set up for herself at the moment - I know it won't last long, and I'm definitely not as strict with it as they are there, but she has learned to very happily drift off to sleep after feedings, and I've learned her cues so well that she really never gets the chance to cry for being hungry. I'm sure she will tonight, but we roomed in with her last night at the nursery and even then, I noticed she's adapted to a three hour between feeds schedule, so it does make it kinda easy. For as long as it lasts, anyway. :)
The only sad bit is that I still can't get her to latch. :( Blasted nipples on the bottles in the NICU were stupid overflow ones, and so she just bites my nipple and expects milk to come - when it doesn't, she immediately gives up. Also, because of her head bruising, we weren't really able to try latching until she was 2 days old. But we have time yet, and the best part is, my milk came in! And it's really not a bad supply! Ever since I was able to be with her 24/7, I've been producing plenty of milk for her feeds. I was bawling on Saturday that I couldn't pump enough, I was so depressed about it and she was getting so much formula in the nursery... but now, whenever I hold her pretty much, it just flows. I pump every 3-4 hours or so with the expectation that about 25% of her food at the moment is formula, which is totally fine with me. The more we work on it, the more I make, and I have confidence we'll get the latch soon. The formula won't kill her in the meantime, although it does make her spit up. Echh. :P But momma milk doesn't!
Holy crap... I love being a mom. :)