Today was a great day for our little family. Jude continues to do well: He's in stable respiratory shape on Vapotherm, he's tolerating daily increases to the amount of food that he's being given, and he's slowly being weaned on his sedation. Since our last post, Jude has been a very happy baby! He still has his moments when he gets upset for one reason or another, but he is increasingly content, even smiling and -- wait for it -- laughing! His mommy likes to tickle him, and she's even managed to elicit a few laughs over the last day or two. It's hard to express how cool and exciting we are about our Jude's little giggles. :)
Sometime soon -- we're not exactly sure when -- Jude will probably be moved to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), which is across the hall from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) where he's lived for the past 5 months. Since Jude's a bigger kid now, the PICU staff may be in a better position to treat his various issues. Rose and I know that this change will be good for him, but we're also sad to leave the nurses and doctors in the NICU that we've come to know during our time here. Overall, though, if moving to the PICU is on the path to bringing Jude home (and ideally bringing him home sooner rather than later), then we're all for it! We'll share more info on this upcoming change as we learn more.
In honor of Mother's Day, Annabelle visited the NICU so that our little family could be together. As before, Rose and I were particularly excited about our children getting to see each other. It was a sweet time together. :)
Smiley boy. :)
Annabelle visiting her little brother. :)
Happy Mother's Day!