We just got in from visiting Pierce tonight. Little man is doing MUCH better. Thank you so much for your prayers. He has had a pretty good day today, with his vitals and lab working looking lots better. This is an excellent sign. They were unable to do the spinal tap today as Pierce was not really tolerating the position. They will give it another go at some point tomorrow.
When we went in tonight, his nurse, Ashlie had an early Mother's Day surprise for me... she let me hold Pierce tonight!!! It was our first attempt at kangaroo care, a form of holding where they literally place the baby down in your shirt to allow for some skin to skin contact. I was so excited to be able to finally hold Pierce and snuggle on him. Although I'd be lying if I didn't also say that I was scared out of my mind. He is so fragile, so tiny and so complicated (there is a sea of wires that accompanies him anywhere he goes). But as soon as he was on my chest, I was in heaven. And apparently so was Pierce. He squirmed right in and his vitals were so good that his nurse had to continually wean his ventilator. I held him for what seemed like 10 minutes, but in reality it was more like an hour and 15 minutes. It was so amazing to hold/rock him and feel like I was doing something for him that only a mother can do. To do something that is seemingly normal, was a wonderful change from the chaos that has surrounded our first weeks with him.
We wanted to share with you guys some pictures from tonight:
So as I get ready for bed, I go to sleep with a joyful heart...praising God for the amazing opportunity to hold my son. Praising God for the many miracles He has performed in his life thus for. And trusting in Him for our future.