The big highlights of the day was that I got to hold Wes for almost 2-hours. Kate has been holding him almost every day because he has been doing so well on the CPAP, but today was the first time I got to hold him. I wasn't able to do skin-to-skin because of the awkward gown things, but I was able to swaddle him, which was awesome. He was kind of jumpy at first and he got the hiccups (which I personally hate but find absolutely adorable when my 2 1/2 pound children have them), but after a few minutes he settled down and we took a nice long nap together. It was really a special time. It is hard to describe, but that was the first time I have really been able to hold either one of my sons and they are 6-weeks old. Maybe "surreal" is the best way to describe it.
Kate and I are so excited that the boys have had a good couple of days. We are so proud that Wes beat all the odds and is breathing like a champ almost by himself. Max's pressure are climbing, but overall he is much improved over even 4-5 days ago. Please join us in praising God for His providence...for watching over our little boys and carrying them through a lot of difficult times in the last number of weeks. It is crazy to believe that they have both had heart surgery and they are barely 30-weeks old from a gestational perspective. It will be fun to celebrate Kate's first Mother's Day tomorrow...but at the same time, the reality that Kate's Mom is not with us will be very evident. I covet your prayers for Kate, her sisters and her Dad tomorrow. Pray that God will surround them with His love and comfort in a very special way.