Mr. McKay is scheduled to come home tomorrow! Today was full of activities. They put him and us through a number of minor tests to make sure McKay is able to come home and that we are able to take care of him by ourselves.
First, the day began with a car seat test for McKay, which he past with flying colors. McKay must be able to sit in his car seat and keep his oxygen levels stable in order to come home. Then, Mindi and I attended an infant CPR class. The class involved an inflatable "mini-baby" and we had to practice CPR in front of the nurses to make sure we were doing it right. As a special bonus, we get to bring home "mini-baby," so if any of you need practice, let us know.
After that, we had to demonstrate that we were able to hook up his portable heart rate monitor. Not everyone in the NICU was too pleased as we kept setting off the alarm trying to figure out how to attach it to McKay.
Tonight, Mindi was asked to stay the night with McKay. This is his (and ours) final test. They disconnected the monitors and have Mindi taking care of him and feeding him on her own all night.
Overall, it was a great day. McKay loves to be held and, like his brothers, likes to eat. We anticipate him being discharged tomorrow from the ICU.
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