Daddy is on vacation this week! This is the first time since Vaeh was born that we've been able to do something together as a family - other than make a trip to the hospital for Vaeh. So yesterday, we loaded up & headed to Cincinnati/ Newport, KY to the Newport Aquarium. Both the girls love fish, so they had a really good time. We went down with Jon's brother who was up from Savannah, GA for the week & his Mom. It was so fun just to get out & go somewhere like a "normal" family. Here's a couple of pictures from the day!
Uh, Dad, this isn't funny!
We all really enjoyed our time out as a family. It was so nice just to get away. It almost seemed too easy, though. Vaeh has really taken off on the eating front! I was looking back through the blog, & on July 23rd she had taken enough by mouth to skip a tube feeding during the day. Its amazing the progress she's made, but as of August 23rd - just one month ago, drum roll please... Vaeh went without being tube fed at all! She is taking absolutely everything, including her meds, by mouth! At first I was apprehensive about not giving her anything at night. I reduced her volume slowly over a week, & after I stopped it, it really didn't seem to phase her any. She still isn't much of a breakfast eater, but neither is her sister! I spoke with the surgeon's office about having her button taken out, & they said that as long as her cardiologist was happy with her weight (maintenance or gain) over a three month period they will take it out! Once that's gone & her O2 (after her heart pressures level off) she will be tube free for the first time since she was 2 weeks old! My 'reflection of heaven' truly amazes me every day!
So, the rest of this week will be spent getting the house painted & some projects taken care of. Its so nice to have Daddy home for longer than 24 hours straight! The girls are both in heaven with having him around, & Mommy's just a little happy about it (lol)!