That's right - we're home! It was iffy right down to the wire as to whether or not we were going to get the OK from the staff and the blood test that everything hinged on was a disaster. Olivia has been stuck so much over the past four weeks that right now her veins aren't really giving up any blood in reasonable quantities to be used for testing purposes. Finally the doctor threw in the towel and said everything else looked good enough to let us go home. After all, we will have to come in weekly for follow ups between now and the Glenn surgery so it's not like she will be neglected. In fact, tomorrow is the first visit we'll have from the home health nurse to make sure that Brian and I are following meds and feeding appropriately.
I cannot say how wonderful it is to be home. I made a promise to Olivia before she was even born that if since she had to fight so hard to survive that I wouldn't come home that whole time so we could finally do it together when she was well. It's only right as her mother that I stick by her side just the way that my mom has done for me throughout the whole ordeal. My mom was willing to drop whatever she was doing to come to the hospital, Ronald McDonald House or wherever I needed her to be at any time so how could I offer any less to Olivia? We are sitting here together tonight updating the blog while Daddy is hard at work on the last of his school projects before graduation.
As uncertain as the last few weeks have been, that's how great the next few should be for us as a family. Olivia is home one day short of being four weeks old, Brian will graduate with his MBA, Aunt Linda will be coming home from Paris to officially graduate from UPenn and warm weather should allow for Olivia to actually see some of the outside world. Thank you to all our friends and family for your continued support - we love you all.