Just before midnight tonight on Day 2 in the ICU, Tom and I got to hold Julian for the first time after his surgery! I was so elated. It felt amazing to feel the weight of my baby again in my arms.
Other major milestones Julian reached today include getting off his breathing tube and removing a bunch of other wires including his bile tube, catheter, blood sugar monitor, arterial IV, etc. because he is doing so well. He only has two IV lines left, a drainage tube and oxygen tubes to his nose. He is eating formula every three hours since his stomach did well on some pedialyte.
So Julian is getting back to more of his normal self and I got to see those big blue eyes I missed! He also has to do some “chest therapy” which involves banging on his back to loosen things up. He has a pretty bad sounding cough because of the breathing tube but the nurses call those “good coughs” because they help in the process of recovery inside his chest cavity.
Here is today in pictures: