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Agnes’ Crib

on August 27, 2013

100_1755First of all, I would just like to say, “Boom, Baby!” I assembled Agnes’ crib all by myself. Uh-huh, uh-huh. Uh-huh-uh-huh-uh-huh [name that movie quote].

When we found out that Agnes would come home with a tracheostomy, we learned that trach babies require attentive care around the clock. Therefore, we would be provided with 8 hours of nursing assistance each day. Since we are going to be sharing our home with a nurse every night, we had to think again about Agnes’ sleeping arrangements. She had been in a bassinet at the foot of our bed at night, napping in a bassinet in the living room during the day. With a night nurse, Agnes couldn’t be in our room any more. That left a few less-than-optimal choices.

1. We could cram Agnes’ crib and all her equipment into the guest room with a double bed already in place. An arm chair would also fit, but just barely. Plus it doesn’t have room for all the storage we would require for Agnes’ gear, as the closet is full of my sister’s things, and boxes of baby clothes for older babies. This would also put Agnes’ beeping alarms fairly close to Stephen thus endangering his sound sleep at night. This would also necessitate the nurse walking through the whole house over and over to get Agnes’ food in the kitchen, water and whatever in the bathroom, and just generally being very near to the entire sleeping family. Not ideal.

2. We could move our office out of the littlest bedroom and put Agnes in there. Then try to find other homes for all our bookcases and our computer table. This room is very small and would fit a crib and a dresser, but it would be tight for all of Agnes’ equipment as the closet is full of my mom’s winter wardrobe. It is also directly across the hall from Stephen’s room (see above). It is also very tight to expect an adult to be happy hanging out in there for eight hours straight. Not ideal.

3. We could move the guest room furniture out to a storage unit, or dismantle the bed and lean the pieces against the wall. We would have to set it all back up in December when my sister comes home from Japan to visit, and move Agnes to a different location for the duration of my sister’s stay. Then there is the possibility that my sister would land here for a period of time when she finishes her job in Japan and is transitioning back to life in the USA. Agnes would have to move then as well. Not ideal.

100_17584. Agnes can live in the living room. It is a nice room to spend time in (yay for the nurse), is close and convenient to the kitchen (yay for the nurse), and is a central location for the house. That way we can hear alarms if we are upstairs or in the basement. The down side is, the kitchen noise will be significant since the floor plan is open. For now Agnes might not be bothered, but as she gets older it might be more disruptive for her. Also we all like to hang out in the living room. Again, this might be disruptive for Agnes’ rest as she gets older and more particular about her sleeping routines. But, there will be adequate space for all her gear, her bed, a chair, etc. This is the arrangement we have decided to try for the time being.

We will set up her crib, a chest of drawers with a convenient wide top for diaper changes, and a storage unit for all her gear. I’m not sure if we will need a bigger table surface to manage all the stuff for trach care and g-tube care. We’ll have to see about that later. I like that the armchair in the “living room” part of the room can swivel to face the other seating or face Agnes’ part of the room. That will be convenient. There are even a few handy electrical outlets in that corner. I plan to get a surge protecting power strip to plug in Agnes’ pulse-oximeter, suction machine, humidifier, and feeding pump. We may also get a portable screen or two to help section off that area and reduce outside stimulation while she’s trying to rest.

I’m hoping this arrangement will work out. It should be okay for the present, I think. We have at least another week to fine tune before Agnes comes home. I plan to make it look real cute. I’ll definitely post pictures of the finished “room.”

2 responses to “Agnes’ Crib

  1. Penny Clifton says:

    I think this is a great choice . Well thought out for all concerned. Holy cow how your life has changed .

  2. woodra01 says:

    First of all, I am very impressed that you were able to put her crib together. All of Charlie’s furniture came in a million pieces and the hardware baggie looked like a bag of confetti. Well done!

    Second, I can relate to your shuffle. We have had to be flexible as Charlie’s needs change. Know that you are doing a really great job!

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