This week, after 132 days in the NICU, Eric and I brought our miracle baby HOME! God has been so good to us, blessing us with this little one. It's been a long road with good and bad days along the way, but He has brought us through. Baby Andrew weighed 1 lb, 6.5 oz when he was born in April at 24 weeks, and was the most fragile looking micropreemie. Every day, Eric or I snuggled him close - what the NICU nurses call "kangaroo care." Even when intubated, with tubes and drains and wires coming out in all directions, they encourage parents to hold their babies as much as possible. It was scary at first to hold such a tiny, tiny baby, but our snuggle time was quickly the best part of the day.
The summer has passed by, with surgeries, transfusions, medications, and procedures, but almost every day and week brought some improvement. Even the little milestones mean so much when you're dealing with a preemie - opening his eyes for the first time, getting fed milk through a tube, even when it's just 1 milliliter, being able to hold his temperature when we held him so we didn't have to pile on blankets, and every ten grams of weight gain. You can imagine the excitement for the big milestones such as finally being extubated successfully and being on full NG (nasogastric) feeds! :)
We want to thank all the many family and friends, as well as the numerous Christians that we've never met or heard of, who have been faithfully praying for us over the past 4 months. Your prayers, encouraging emails, and practical support have been a great help to us!!
Praise the Lord for what He has done!