J returned to work this week. I didn’t want to let his time with us here at the NICU come to an end without bragging on him. Dads in the NICU have been a fairly rare sighting for us so far. For one thing, many of them don’t have time off or have had to return to work. In other cases, they aren’t in the picture. Or for any number of other reasons, they just aren’t present.
J has been more than present. He has been with the boys as much as possible, and has taken ownership of their care. He’s been doing eye care, mouth care, diapers, and when possible, feedings. He has better success with the bottle feeds than anyone else (including me or the nurses). And he can swaddle with the best of them. He was practically offered a job. 🙂
We were excited to be able to record a cd before J left. So now, even though he’s gone, I can play a cd with J reading a few stories, and talking to the boys. And I fully believe that the boys know his voice, and who he is.
We will miss having him around more, but whether he is near or far, I couldn’t be more proud of who he is as a daddy.