After Trace was born, he had to go from the transition nursery to the NICU. During his initial bloodwork, they found what could have been an infection, so the began to give him antibiotics. Also, there was a concern about his breathing, since he was grunting and would sometimes breath too fast, but his breathing issue went away the next day. They also began to monitor his bilirubin levels, which cause jaundice. He was moved to the Special Care Nursery on Thursday evening. While there he spent most of his time under a special light to help break down the bilirubin in his blood.
We were able to visit him a few times in these nurseries, but we couldn't wait to see him better and able to spend all of his time with us. Today, we went to the nursery for his noon feeding and while there, the nurse practitioner made her rounds. She gave us the good news that he no longer needed the light and that he could come stay with us. Also, they did one more blood test, and it came back negative, so no more antibiotics, which also means no more IV.
It was awesome to have him in our room for the first time. From the diaper changes to feeding to just getting to hold him and stare in his eyes, we are finally getting to do the things that we've been thinking about for the past 9 months. Trace has a big day tomorrow and if everything goes as planned, he should be able to come home with us tomorrow afternoon!