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Welcome home, Peeder!!

posted Jul 28, 2013, 9:41 PM by Melissa Burke
We made it!! After almost 8 weeks in the NICU, Peter is finally home! It's been an eventful 24 hours, but I can't believe he is sleeping right next to me in his crib as I write this. We finally were discharged from Duke about 5pm yesterday evening after we sat around for hours waiting for paperwork and hoping that they weren't changing their minds. But they let us go. I couldn't help feeling elated but a little bit terrified to have him all to ourselves. But he loved the car ride (fell fast asleep) and we had a good night last night (he slept for most of it and didn't really have any significant Brady/desat episodes to speak of). I even walked him around the house with no monitors for awhile!! We felt so free!!

So we were excited to spend Sunday just relaxing all together as a family, finally...but Peter had other plans. We ended up spending 8 hours in the Duke emergency department today because Peter decided to wake up with a fever of 100.9. Funny thing was, he was acting terrific. Sats were great, he was happy, he slept well throughout the day, but everyone was a bit freaked out. So after load of tests - blood work, urine culture, spinal tab for meningitis - which all came back normal, we managed to skirt by another admittance back into the hospital. They let us go with a shot of antibiotics and the promise to get one follow up at the pediatrician tomorrow. So all in all, not quite the Sunday we had bargained for, but we are glad we made sure it was nothing serious and now we can get to work getting him acclimated to his new home!  Have some great pictures of him with his big brothers that I will try to get up in the next day or so, but here is the sign they made to welcome him (with help from our awesome nanny, Holly) - it's been up since Monday when we thought he might be coming so we are all excited for it to finally be true!!