Friday was a pretty good day for Jack in the NICU but still full of several challenges. He was spitting up/throwing up a lot, so his feeding wasn't going very well. He was getting 10 ml of milk every 3 hours and then spit a lot of it back up. His white blood cell count was the same as the day before, but the antibiotics had reached therapeutic levels in his blood and he seemed to be responding well to them. I was discharged so Tommy and I headed home without our little guy. It seemed so wrong to be leaving the hospital without him, but at the same time we know that he is exactly where he needs to be in that NICU.
We are getting into the routine of being NICU parents. We are making trips to see him twice a day. We go in the morning and again in the evening and love every minute that we get to spend with him. It is wonderful to just get to sit and hold him and feed him and change his diaper. He is doing much better with feeding today! He is still spitting up some but it's so much better than yesterday! He seems to be much more willing to eat today and did great with feeds this morning. He is a really sweet and peaceful baby.
We are so so thankful for his recovery. They said that he has turned the corner today and is in the recovery phase of his infection! So thankful for that! Every time we talk with a nurse practitioner or the neonatologist they remind us of how very sick he was. We keep hearing that "he had no lungs" on the day of his birthday because they were completely taken over by pneumonia. On his latest xray they said "he has lungs now!".
We are so thankful for all of you and your prayers. Thank you for thinking of us and praying for Jack and us. We feel so lifted up in prayer and are so thankful for everyone bowing down before the Lord and asking for Jack's healing. It's amazing to see how God has worked. We learned yesterday that after Jack's first xray on Wednesday the neonatology team was expecting him to need a lot of intervention and were preparing for him to go in a bad direction. We cannot thank God enough that Jack turned the other way and is healing!
We think he is the most beautiful guy in the world and cannot get enough of him! Hope you enjoy these pictures, too!
1st family photo!