I had no idea I would get so much good news in one day! Birthday wishes do come true!
Courtney was amazing today! She was approved for clear liquids, and she did so well they let her have more than originally intended. Once Jax was approved for long-chain fatty acids, Court tried to start pumping breast milk. Nothing yet, but if it is what she wants, I have learned it will happen. When I left her tonight, she was giving nurses orders on how to take her blood pressure. Quite comical!
Jackson had many firsts this afternoon. He had his first bottle with formula in it. He was sucking so hard on the bottle his cheeks were dented in like fish lips - it was hysterical! After he finished his bottle, his nurse swaddled him up for the first time and I got to hold him for about 45 minutes while Prince Jax held court over the nursery and his string of visitors. This evening he is getting his very first bath! Tomorrow morning when I go in he will get to wear his first set of clothes. This boy is just absolutely awesome! I don't know if I will be able to avoid spoiling him!
Finally, I will say that I know the updates have slowed down, but that is because they truly have - it isn't a lack of effort. At this point, we are just riding the wave and letting things normalize, and everyone heal.
God has provided me and my family so many blessings this week I can't count or name them all. I just hope we can raise Jackson to understand and be grateful for the life he has! I never realized how fragile it is until this week! When you finish reading this, go hug the people you love and tell them!