We're home from the hospital, but Samuel is still in the NICU. I'll admit, leaving the hospital without a baby in my arms was one of the hardest things I've ever done. But I was so comforted, knowing he is in the best hands possible.
A quick update on our little man. He is making progress! I've made peace with the fact that he may not be home with us for a while. So, as long as he is improving, I'm happy.
He had a few setbacks the day we left, which was hard. But we got a great report from the doctors during our visit this morning. So good, in fact, that I leaped to hug them.
Samuel's breathing tube is officially out, and he's looking so good they are increasing his feedings. Now, all that's left to do is wait and watch. Our prayer is that his lungs continue to mature and begin to function completely on their own. The sooner they do, the sooner we bring him home. But the doctors have officially told us it's not a matter of IF, it's a matter of WHEN. And that's a beautiful thing to hear.
One thing I have to say...God bless the nurses and doctors who feel called to serve in the NICU. There is a special place in heaven waiting for each of them, I'm sure. Not only have they cared for our children, but they've cared for our hearts as well. I am so thankful for each and every one of them.
I'm also thankful for each of YOU, for your prayers, support, and well wishes. It means a great deal to us.