I'm sorry it has taken me so long to update the blog! We have been super busy. Carter did great on the flight home. We flew out of Columbus, Ohio to Chicago then to Jackson. I was nervous about getting through the Chicago airport with Carter by myself, but he did great! He fell asleep on our flight from Columbus, slept through me transporting him through Chicago and did not wake up until about 30 minutes before we landed in Jackson. He even slept as I jogged across the Chicago airport to catch our flight.
Carter was extremely happy to come home. He cheered and clapped walking through the door. He took his FIRST unassisted steps a few minutes after coming home! We are so proud of him. I think the walker he used at the hospital really strengthened his legs. We are looking into getting him a walker for home. We still have hope that Carter will be able to walk by himself someday, but we know that right now a walker would open up a whole new world for him. He wants to walk so bad!
Carter is doing well adjusting. He still has a lot of stranger anxiety and does not do well around a lot of people. He is still adjusting to the fact that he does not have to sit next to me all day. He finds it funny that he can crawl across the room without me. He only had a small mat and the hospital bed to play on when he was in the hospital, so he has no idea of what to do without me right beside him. He crawls across the living room and looks back at me like come on. It's really cute! Carter still has a lot of adjusting to do, although I think he is doing really well.
Carter is still tolerating his feelings ok, although the vomiting is still present. He had an appointment today and he is still maintaining his weight. He was 23lbs. He was actually in the 15th percentile! This is a big deal. Carter is usually not even on the growth chart. We hope that Carter will continue to maintain his weight and thrive. Last night was Carter's last dose of antibiotics. The infected areas look much better than before. We hope they will continue to look well and he can stay off of antibiotics.
Carter still has a long way to go. His stomach, part of his small intestine and part of his colon are still not functioning. Please pray for them to wake up and for Carter to be able to tolerate oral food. He has recently showed more interest in food. Since his stomach is not working, he vomits everything he swallows. We are ready for the vomiting to subside and for Carter to be able to eat orally again.
Carter has done great since being home. We are really enjoying our time at home being a family of three. The power of your prayers and the Grace of our God has carried us through the past SEVEN months. There were several times I questioned wether or not I would be bringing Carter home. To bring him home off of TPN and lipids and tolerating tube feedings has been such an answered prayer. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for each and every one of your prayers! To Him be the Glory!