He's Home, He's Home, He's Home!! Our prayers have been answered, and Zachary was given the all clear today. We arrived at the NICU at 11:30 and were able to feed him and rock him for most of the day. In the early afternoon we learned the head ultrasound results came back negative, which allowed us to move forward with checking out of the hospital. After being given our paperwork and some teaching by Terry, today's nurse, we were on our way by 4pm. It all seemed so sudden. One minute we were waiting for our release paperwork, and it seemed like minutes later we had Zachary in his car seat and into the car. It was a very exciting drive home, and Zach slept for most of his first car ride.
Once we arrived at the house, Zach got acclimated to his new room and surroundings, and even slept for short time before feeding once again. We changed his clothes and his dressings, then he quickly fell asleep in the pack and play to the music of his mobile, who knew those things worked so well? For the rest of tonight we're just trying to keep up with his feeding needs, and get Mommy and Zachary on the same schedule.
An at home nurse will visit us tomorrow and Sunday, then it's off to the pediatrician on Monday. We also have an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon next week to get the first casts placed to start to fix his club feet. It is such a huge relief to finally have Zachary home at last. We cannot thank and praise the doctors, nurses, and practitioners at St. Joseph's NICU enough. They are truly amazing people who perform miracles, and answer prayers each and every day. We are truly indebted to them.
The journey is far from over. Zachary has cleared a major hurdle, and is finally home, but he still has a lengthy road ahead. We ask for your continued prayers and encouragement, and feel free to come over and meet the little guy some time soon. Thank You all and Praise God for his merciful blessings. - Brian + Kimmie