Hope's diaper rash continues to look sore, but does appear to be improving. I let her hang out in her birthday suit for her morning nap today. She eventually peed and later pooped on the soaker pad. I'll have to send my personal apologies to hospital laundry.
Once Hope is on full feeds, we need to wean her off all of her IV medications. This won't be a huge problem, other than the Lasix. Hope absolutely loves her diuretics and it is never easy to move her from IV Lasix to oral. They hope to find a balance that will work for Hope and have it done in a 2 week period of time. After this is accomplished, the PICC line will be removed and Hope will be discharged!
Our doctor remains skeptical that Hope will be discharged by her 1st birthday. It would be tight, but I believe it is possible. I'm praying for a miracle for that day. We should be able to take her out on a pass by that point either way. It would be nicer to not return to the hospital room after the party though.
I'm beginning to wonder what it will feel like to have Hope at home. What will it feel like to be a true stay at home mom once again. How will I adjust to full days with a high maintenance 1 year old and one very energetic 2.5 year old? I want to be cautious that I don't romanticize returning home and forget how much work it truly is. I need to prepare myself for it all, but in the end I'm up for anything that involves my family under one roof!
Tonight is wonderful Rachelle's last night with Hope. It's hard to believe it is her final shift with Hope and that she is about to embark on a new adventure. Please pray for Rachelle as she goes through such a major transition. She has been an incredible gift to our family and we pray that she finds an amazing job and a life that brings her great joy as she moves on. We know that God brought her into our life for many reasons. Rachelle was exactly what our family needed, and we were what she needed. Through the relationship that was formed, God was able to capture Rachelle's heart, the greatest and most important gift that can be received. We praise God for everything He has given our family through her.
In an effort to make our marriage a priority and to focus on maintaining a strong friendship with one another, tonight was date night. Shawn and I had the privilege of going out for Sushi and dreaming about the things we want to do as a family this summer. We then drove around our favourite area of the city and explored, something we enjoy doing. I often stop and feel overwhelmed by how blessed Shawn and I are to have the love that we do for each other. So many relationships are destroyed by the strain of sick and dying children, but it is the power of God that keeps our marriage protected. Please continue to pray for us as we continue on this journey with Sadie and Hope.