It took two full wagons to get out of the hospital, but she thought the parade was quite appropriate and would have probably enjoyed the ride on top of it all if she hadn't fallen asleep immediately after her last toy was loaded.
We knew when we arrived home we'd see some changes in LC's behavior due to her improved heart function and, boy, have we...
We spent four months with a baby who slept around the clock and cried twice in our collective memory. During LC's second HOUR of crying last night, Justin asked if we were sure we had come home with the correct kid. She had endured a long day with no nap and was still trying to get over that rascal stomach bug so her fussing was well-deserved but we'd certainly never seen this side of Boom Boom before.
In order to establish she was, indeed, authentically LC we ran a warm bath and plopped her in it. Yep. It was LC all right. She was SO HAPPY to be in a bath tub again and loved having her hair washed and splashing in the water.
Justin asked if she could sleep in it for the night.
She did wake up during the night to be fed for the first time since she's been born and has started expressing more opinions about where she would like to be...She used to be quite happy swinging or laying in her laundry basket but now when there is an open lap to be had she is most specific about wanting to be IN it. (One of my favorite changes, I have to admit...she's an AWFULLY talented snuggler...)
She certainly has an increased percentage of awake time during the day and didn't fall asleep for a nap until 3:30 this afternoon! (She usually naps from 9:00 am to 12:00 and then, again, from 2:30 until Dad comes home around 7:00...)
One of the changes we're most tickled to see are the SMILES we're getting. It's nuts. They used to happen once or twice a day if we were super lucky...now she oozes with them and it is worth every stressful episode of the past 10 days, I assure you.
We're working hard to do whatever we can to get her lungs clear and she spent some good chunks of time this afternoon oxygen free and maintaining good sat numbers. We can't wait to introduce her to so many of her perpetual prayer warriors and can't thank you enough for every sunshine-filled smile we've received since you started...