Hello Friends and Family,
Today was a much better day than yesterday. Thank you all for your encouragement and faith. Happy Easter, by the way. Christ has risen! He lives, and His power is at work in us all at this very minute. I know so because I saw it happen today with my own eyes.
To start, my dad, mom and sister came and spent a few fun hours at the hospital with us for Easter, and a few precious minutes with Desmond in the NICU. (I think this is surreal to them too).
Last night was really rough. Tanya woke up with a severe case of the baby blues. She woke me around 4am to a very sad, sad sound; so I wiped away the river of tears. A few times. And then a few more. And then she got herself composed enough to go upstairs and have a twilight visit with Desmond. And it was a good visit. We spent a little over an hour just talking to him, looking at him, and loving on him the best ways we know how.
After we arrived, the nurse told us that Des made the biggest poo she’d ever seen from a premie. It was so much in fact, that it more than filled the whole diaper. It made Tanya laugh through her tears, and made daddy proud. I mean, if my premie son is going to do something, sleeping, eating, and pooing is about it.. so go for the gusto Des! That-a-boy! Then, right as Tanya was about to pass out from exhaustion, I wheeled her back to bed.
We woke up this morning to a beautiful sun, gorgeous blue skies, and hope. Hope that Desmond is going to be very healthy. Hope that he is in great hands. Hope, that in spite of all these circumstances, we are here, at the UW Medical Center (one of the best hospitals in the world). God could have arranged it any way He wanted it… But in spite of us, He put us here where Desmond will receive world-class “premie” care. Trust me, it is still very difficult for us.. but we know that that somehow, in someway, this is part of God’s master plan.. and He’s going to work this out for the best.
Later on (and after much effort) Desmond got his first few drops of “liquid gold” thanks to Mama’s hard work and dedication. (You have to understand how momentous this is: most new moms don’t make the goods until 3-5 days after delivery. Mama T is on day 2). How great is that!
Also, Tanya’s dressings were removed and she was able to shower. In her words: “I feel human again.” Then I was able to take her outside for a few precious minutes of fresh air and sunshine. Then we went back and watched the nurse take Desmond’s vitals, change his poopy diaper, and feed him the liquid gold. A very exciting day for brand spankin new parents. What’s more, this morning Des was on 33% oxygen, and by the end of the day they weaned him down to 22% (the same as ambient air, which means his lungs are getting much stronger)!
That’s all for today. I can’t thank all you guys enough for your encouragement, support, love, kindness, and generosity. We are truly blessed to have you in our lives. One last thing: Please leave a comment!! We’d love to hear from you!
Happy (Jesus rose from the dead and conquered death and sin once and for all) Easter! Love,
Nick, Tanya, and Desmond