We are all the more grateful after yesterday’s blood-in-the-stool scare to have Coleman home with us tonight. And with it, our crazy back-and-forth life between home and hospital comes to a well appreciated close.
We were up and at it early again this morning, arriving at Abbott, with Carson tagging along, for Coleman’s 7 a.m. feeding. We were hoping that if Cole continued to feed super well today, he might be able to come home with us. But we thought it was an outside chance.
We received word that he fed especially well overnight, and the trend continued through the morning. By early afternoon, the nurse practitioner informed us that yes, indeed, we would be able to take Coleman home by late afternoon. We were thrilled, to say the least.
The word came just in time to scamper over to Children’s Hospital for Carson’s first pediatric visit. He’s now gained 5 ounces on his birth weight and is up to 5 pounds, 6 ounces. (Coleman is up to just a shade below 5 pounds, from his birth weight of 4 pounds, 10 ounces.)
After Carson’a appointment, we were right back to Abbott (just across the street) for Coleman’s discharge. The nurses were so great, and it was an overall outstanding experience in the Special Care Nursery at Abbott. It was a very long 13 days, and the staff there made it as pleasant as it could have been given the circumstances.
Carson was a champ today. We toted him around from before 7 a.m. to almost 4 p.m. when we arrived home with his brother. We don’t know how he was able to hold up so well, save God’s special help, on only his third day outside the Nursery.
Tonight was memorable. Our good friends Michael and Emily Thiel brought us dinner, and then some other good friends stopped in during the All-Star game to meet the boys.
It is a tremendous relief and joy to have both boys home with us now. The whole fam is here under our little roof for the first time. We’re sure there are tons of bumps in the road ahead, but at least at this point, going back and forth from hospital to home several times per day is no longer a necessity.