McKay was just extubated (they removed his breathing tube) and he is showing off how well his little lungs work. The actual extubation was a little rough. They have to pull out a large tube the size of his trachea that has sat at the top of his lungs since just a few moments since birth. Then, almost worse than the actual extubation, they had to scrub the adhesive from the tape holding the ventilation tube in place off of his face. You have never seen a more irritated baby!
Aside from now being able to see his gorgeous face and little lips, the best part was hearing a tiny little cry come from deep inside his fired up little body. We have not been able to hear him cry until now. And although his screams were scratchy due to what the nurse called "the worst sore throat of his life," we could hear him. Awesome.
He is resting now from all the excitement and breathing like a champ. They inserted a feeding tube earlier today and he is using a nose cannula right now so we are not totally tube free, but we are moving in the right direction. They say he will probably be moved out of ICU in the next day or two if he continues to shine like he has.
Thank you so much for all of your love and prayers. We truly can feel your strength and feel so buoyed up and blessed by it. I will post pics of McKay's new look tonight. Much love to all.