Grady continues to grow. He is so alert now. It is a blessing to watch him enjoy all of his new surroundings and the colorful crib attachments that Mommy and Daddy have been adding to Grady's world. You learned about his boppy the other day. He is still enjoying it and so is everyone else. Grady is so happy to sit up or just take a nap while the boppy snuggles around him. Man, I wish these were around thirty plus years ago.
As you can see, our little man is a wee bit content. Home would be better, but for now, it looks like Grady will be in the TCU for a little longer than originally thought. He has some growing to do so that his lungs can build new tissue. As he grows, his lungs will get bigger because he will be developing this much needed new tissue. Some of you may already know this, but when we are born, we only start out with about 10% of what our lungs will be as adults. As we grow, our lungs grow too. Grady needs more lung capacity to be able to get off this respirator. The nurses are watching his oxygen saturation and as he can tolerate it, they will reduce his amounts. Once he is at room air, they will begin weening him off the respirator. Looks like our little man will be staying longer than any of us had hoped. Now, on the bright side, it is a blessing that he is with these wonderful nurses and doctors. Spending my time with him, has allowed me to observe the family environment the nurses try to give all of these precious babies. Grady has a neighbor that is such a delight. Every nurse or doctor that walks by, stops and visits with him. This child has a smile on is face most of the day. They call him by name, know what he likes and everyone seems to spend at least a few minutes just talking to him and teasing him. He loves it. It is very comforting to know that Grady is in such a loving place.
Love, prayer and faith have gotten us this far and I know God will continue to carry us through to the day we get to bring this little fella home. Thank you so much for all you are doing for this family. I pray that God blesses every one of you and yours like he has us.