Tuesday ended up being much better than I expected. Thank you so much for your prayers--I know they helped. Titus was still very tired and a little bit fussy, but we didn't end up using any morphine, and he was able to take in some food and fluids. Another friend took Katie for the morning (thanks, Leslie!), and Debbie also came by for a little while to help spell me. I was pretty wiped out as well from my almost sleepless night, so David took the second night shift. That first day I just felt like Titus was hiding somewhere inside this poor little boy, and it was nice to see some glimpses of his familiar self that second day.
Wednesday morning I ended up taking the kids to see Titus in the morning so David and I could swap, even though I'd managed to share the pink eye I picked up in the hospital with Katie and Luke. :P After David left to take the kids home, I got a call from him--I can't find the car, and how do I know if Luke needs stitches? He fell on his chin. So David ended up taking Luke (and the other two) to get some glue for his chin! Thankfully, Titus was doing well enough to put a call in to the surgeon for our discharge. He did get a bit fussy around 11AM, but after changing an explosively messy diaper (out of respect for you, I will not go into details), he was doing much better.
We were on our way home by 2PM, and then the second half began. I'm sure a lot of this has been in my head, and thankfully David is much more laid-back about these things, but it's been pretty stressful keeping a super-active youngest of four children in what I consider a "safe zone." I ended up taking the three older kids out Thursday and Friday morning so Titus could have some hover-free time with David. :) We are almost through the first seven days now, which are the most risky according to the nurse. Basically, I've had a constant video running in my head of all the ways he could split his lip...meaning when he's with me, I was pretty much holding him.
Of course, as I was going through all this, I kept thinking we would be all done with this in six weeks, when the surgeon did the final surgery of this stage. Haha. After the surgeon had a chance to really look around Titus's mouth, he's decided to split the second stage into two more surgeries that will be three months apart. So the next one will be in May, and then the final one for this year will be in August. At least it'll be warmer!
Let's get this show on the road!
Monday afternoon, during a brief respite. Poor little baby.
Tuesday evening, playing with Daddy. I only look a little like a zombie, right?
Time to go home!
At IHOP this morning for Katie's birthday breakfast.