Jack is home! We are all home together and it is amazing! Thank you so much to everyone and your kind words and sweet thoughts about us. I know there's been a lack of updates on here- thanks for still checking in! We've been a little busy the past few days--- awesome busy!
We brought Jack home on Thursday night. He had to stay an extra day in the NICU; he didn't have any more alarms after the last ones I wrote about but the standard NICU policy is that babies not have alarms for 3-5 days before going home so they were not okay with Jack going home after just 24 hours without alarms. He stayed another day and another night and first thing Thursday morning the nurse practitioner took his leads off and declared him free. Wednesday was so hard after we went there to pick up our baby boy and were told he had to stay. It was a small reminder of how I felt the week before on the day he was born when they took him down to the NICU. It wasn't nearly as bad but it was definitely disappointing. However, we understood and appreciate their thoroughness in making sure he was doing ok. Just easier to say that now than it was on Wednesday. I was so nervous to go in to Nursery A - Jack's room that he shared with 11 other babies - on Thursday morning. I was nervous to see if we would walk in and he would still have all of his leads attached and hear that he would have to stay for more testing, or if we would walk in and see him happy and ready to come home. It was better than I could have imagined! The nurse practitioner was taking his leads off as we walked up to his crib, and she looked up at us and said "He's getting out of here! I'm discharging him today!" It was an awesome moment. Ten hours later we were home with our little guy, and we could not be more thankful.
We cannot believe how much we love Jack. It's amazing. He is so fun and is changing every day. We are really enjoying this time as a family and appreciate so much Jack being home. We are so thankful to have him home and so thankful for his health. He had a great check up with the pediatrician on Friday and passed his first home health nursing visit on Saturday with flying colors. We are just blown away by the progress. Thank you to you all for speaking kind words, praying for us and with us, and showing us love and support. We could never tell you how much it means to us.