"Did you bring your car seat today?" Have you ever heard a more beautiful sentence?! Those were the first words our nurse, sweet Earl, spoke to us this morning. As my mind try to sort through the question and my heart swung like a pendulum between feeling terrified and overjoyed, I managed to blurt out, "No. Why? Are we going home?"
Earl then explained to me that cardiology signed off on McKay this morning, told Earl to remove the feeding tube and let McKay eat when and how much he wants. As long as that goes well through Saturday, we are all set to be discharged on Sunday!!!!
Our babe looked so out of place in the ICU today I almost felt guilty. I pulled the curtains around his bed space and spent the afternoon cuddling and feeding him. Finally, all the tubes are off save one precautionary IV start in his tiny hand. He is on his way to looking and living like a healthy baby.
Of course behind the scenes there will be reminders that his tiny body is anything but run of the mill. We were trained on a cardiac apnea machine today that will monitor McKay's heart rate and breathing while he sleeps. We will take a CPR class tomorrow and receive our schedule of follow up appointments. All small changes we can learn to live with.
We have learned not to get too excited because plans can change at the hospital, but it's hard not to put hope in the belief that our baby will be coming home this weekend. If anyone can make it happen, it's McKay. He is an amazing little miracle who has exceeded everyone's expectations. Here's to preparing for a happy homecoming!