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Friday, January 23, 2009

39 days old...

Connor's first bath - January 23, 2009

Connor had such a great day today that it deserves a quick post!

I arrived at the hospital this afternoon to assist with his wound dressing change. His surgeon was there to take a quick peek at his progress, and immediately announced that his time with the wound vac was over - it was coming off! This means that they'll start feeding him within a few days. His surgeon also mentioned that he's planning Connor's second surgery (to reattach his intestines) for three weeks from now, provided his feedings go well.

Since the wound vac was no longer attached to his body, Connor's nurse decided it was time for Connor's first real bath (since delivery). Previously, he had only been "spot cleaned" with disposable wipes. What a treat to be present this afternoon for such a fun event (at least I thought so)!

As we got started, his nurse warned several times that he was going to hate this bath, and was likely going to throw quite a fit. Much to our surprise, he really seemed to enjoy it... he sat calmly, with his eyes wide open, through most of it, as I fumbled around the wires still attached to him.

After Connor's spa treatment, his nurse swaddled him in a blanket (another first for him - the wound vac wouldn't allow it), placed him in my arms, and I spent nearly an hour just snuggling with him, and smelling his sweet head. What joy!

Clean as a whistle! - January 23, 2009


Jiles Pfamily said...

oh aimee, he keeps getting cuter! what is it about babies' heads? i love that smell. congrats on holding your little one.

Christy said...

Baby baths are the best!

I'm so glad things are going so well, we will keep praying.

Nate and Kelly said...

What a wonderful day and a darling picture. He has such a sweet little face!! So glad to hear things are going well.

tiburon said...

Hooray for the bath! That is so great. I am glad to see that things are coming along.

My Mother in Law just sat and read Connor's whole story - she is a Neo-Natal Nurse Practitioner and she said that he looks like he is doing well (although he has had a really tough time)

Thanks for keeping us posted on his progress. I have all the Sprik's in my prayers! :)

KrisRogMacK said...

Baths are always exciting! I imagine it's hard enough that he's so little, then you add the tubes... I'm glad you got some snuggle time with him. You're looking better all the time too by the way! Enjoy Mom while she's there, I'm sure it will be a difficult goodbye, but hopefully we'll be able to come visit soon after Connor is out of the hospital. Thanks for staying on top of the updates! Guess I could learn a thing or two. BTW, when are we doing the video conference?

kami @ nobiggie.net said...

so sweet. He looks like he is doing great!

Scott said...

Is Connor gaining weight in his face or is it just puffy for some other reason?

Hayley said...

aimee, thanks so much for commenting on my blog last night. i feel bad, cause with all that you have going on you still made time... i've been reading up on Connor & praying for him, but i haven't commented on your blog. almost a year ago, my good friend's 1st grandbaby was born at 27 weeks, and the year has been long and tough, but it's all so worth it!

p.s. we did use your excel file - what a life saver!!! thanks again for that!!!

anyway - Go Connor Go! He's tough & adorable, and so are you!

Darrin said...

Aimee, he is darling! That face is so cute---I can see so much of each of you. He's a beautiful baby and it's so nice to see you enjoying giving him the bath. I'm excited to read your next update. :)

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