We had a rather lengthy day today, but for very good reason. Our little milk monster has turned into the incredible sleeping baby. We are usually able to feed Zachary twice during our time spent at the NICU, but today we only fed him once. Trying to stay on Zach's feeding schedule, we arrived around noon, expecting to feed him in short time, but to our surprise he slept for two more hours, and didn't really get to feed until 3. After breast feeding for 20 minutes (his first solid feed at breast for almost a week), then topping it off with half a bottle, he stayed awake for about an hour, but was very calm and quiet the whole time (much more relaxing for Mommy and Daddy!). We were able to get him down to sleep around 5 and headed out to get some dinner. As you can see from the pictures above, we were able to have some fun while waiting for Zachary to awaken in the afternoon, which was nice, especially since we had such a lengthy wait! After returning from dinner we were met at the NICU door by our friends Adam and Ashley, with their children Autumn and Alex. Unfortunately, they were only able to spend a short time visiting because of the nurse's shift change at 7, but it was a very nice surprise and we were very grateful. Zach decided to sleep through their visit and didn't show any signs of stopping, so Mommy and Daddy decided to head for home around 8.
The news from the doctors and nurses continues to be positive. His incision is looking wonderful, and they are asking Dr. Handler this evening if it would be possible for Zachary to come home after his antibiotics are completed on Wednesday. We hope and pray for his continued healing and more positive news tomorrow. Until then there is nothing major or overly exciting to report, but with each day Zachary continues to improve, and we can't wait to bring him home! With Love and Praise - Brian + Kimmie