I can't believe, it but after 102 days in the NICU, Jude is the first to finally come home! It is absolutely astonishing that my baby C is the first one home because just a couple of weeks ago, I was so worried about him and we were so concerned about why he couldn't get off the high flow nasal canulla because babies cannot begin eating until they are on a regular flow. I'm so glad one of the Neonatologists experimented with putting him on a home oxygen setting just to see what he will do because he did great and was finally able to start chowing down. So far, my boy loves to eat! He was discharged on 11/10/14 at 7:30pm at 40 weeks and 6 days gestation. He was sent home on .3L oxygen at 100%. It is a very low flow but he really only needs it now while eating. Tim and I roomed in at the hospital on Friday night and got a taste of what it will be like to feed all 3 in the middle of the night. Then, on Saturday night, my mom and I roomed in with just Jude. He was so funny because he barely slept and neither did we. He loves to be held and wanted to be held all night. On Sunday, we figured out the home oxygen stuff and went on a shopping spree at Buy Buy Baby to prepare for our little man and little ladies who will be right behind him. It was pretty amazing to walk out of the NICU with a baby after leaving empty handed for over 3 months (everyday I left the NICU, I always felt like I was forgetting something). I felt happy and scared and, of course, sad because I left Cadence and Aria behind. God is so amazing though because He knows the perfect timing for all three of our munchkins. God gave me peace with it and gave us an AMAZING Holy Spirit encounter on our way home from the hospital! Tim turned on some music on the way home in our new van and it connected to my iPhone's Bluetooth somehow. I did not even touch my phone and somehow it ended up on shuffle. The song "These Are The Moments" by Sara Evans was on. I didn't even know that song was on my iPhone, let alone barely even know the song. I just listened to words:
These are the moments I thank God that I'm alive
These are the moments I'll remember all my life
I've found all I've waited for
And I could not ask for more
Looking in your eyes
Seeing all I need
Everything you are is everything in me
These are the moments
I know heaven must exist
These are the moments
I know all I need is this
I've found all I've waited for, yeah
And I could not ask for more
I could not ask for more than this time together
I could not ask for more than this time with you
And every prayer has been answered
Every dream I've had's come true
Yeah, right here in this moment
Is right where I'm meant to be
Here with you here with me
I just wept and asked Tim what station was on because I was sitting in the far back row and couldn't see and he said the screen says the song was playing from my iPhone. I look at my phone and click on music and it said "shuffle." Wow. What were the chances of that very song randomly playing. I didn't even listen to music on my iPhone that day so I have no idea how that happened! I have no doubt that it was The Lord. It didn't stop there though. Next on shuffle was Tim's favorite song- Amazing Grace. I was praising God for this amazing Holy Spirit visit and then comes on a song called "Come Holy Ghost." Wow. Then, came on 311's "Love Song" and the main lyric of the song goes "Whenever I'm alone with you You make me feel like I am home again." This was when we were going down the hill approaching our neighborhood. We discussed how we want to make Noah feel special and how we were going to make him open the door of the car to get Jude and then next on the song shuffle was one of my vocal exercises on the syllable "no," which everybody knows that is what I call Noah. Seriously, what are the chances of all of that? That was no coincidence. That was the Holy Spirit welcoming Jude home. Thank you Lord for the encounter! Jude was the baby that was not even on the 6 week ultrasound. Jude was the baby on the 7 week ultrasound that was so small that was probably going to "poop out." Jude was the baby we were counseled to "selectively reduce." Jude was the one whose water broke at just 24 weeks. And now, Jude was the first triplet "home"after being born 3 months and 4 days early. Thank you Lord for baby Jude! Jude did very well at his first pediatrician appointment. He weighed 7lbs3ozs. He still has an open PDA so he will need to be monitored with a cardiologist and pulmonologist for his oxygen needs. But, he is doing very well and he loves being at home with big brother!
Cadence will most likely be home in a few days and Aria just needs more time maturing so she can take all her feedings. Dr. Bayder did put her on oxygen to help her while feeding. Cadence is 7lbs3oz and Aria just hit 6lbs!
I want to thank everybody for all the prayers and support. God heard your prayers and performed 3 miracles. Thank you, Lord!!! Thank you for being Jude "home."
Jesus replied, "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them."