We spent the morning with the girls checking out what the Easter Bunny brought them. They were worried the Easter Bunny wouldn't know we are staying at the Ronald McDonald House (or old McDonald house as the girls call it), so they were very relieved to wake up and find out he found us.
I was very humbled to enter the cafeteria and find a family serving breakfast for everyone. What a sweet sacrifice and selfless gesture to be here on Easter morning. The mood in this house can feel very heavy at times. But today everyone seemed a little more cheerful and I loved observing the kids around us excitedly eating their french toast and gathering the Easter eggs they hid around the house. It felt as if everyone here had a breath of fresh air.
When David and I got to the hospital, we had a nice Easter present ourselves! Aiden was wide awake and spent a fair amount of time looking at us and reaching out to us. And when he could no longer keep his eyes open, he still wiggled as we talked to him. This will be the 3rd time he's been awake enough to interact with us, and I can't adequately tell you how much I look forward to these small moments with him.
We were also shocked at how tiny he looked! He pulled out another set of huge diapers and his swelling has gone down significantly. You can actually see the outline of his skull! His decreased puffiness and mere 13 inches in length is making him look more and more like a tiny, little doll. This mom may or may not be a little obsessed with it.
He's been such a rock star the past few days. We haven't had any episodes of D-sating, and he has kept his stats steady. His medical team gave him some restful days and he definitely needed them.
We are being realistic. We know that he is going to have some really good days, then he'll have a rough day, and will need to climb back up again. At this rate we are hoping by next week he'll be ready for the extensive xrays needed for his genetic testing. We are feeling the most anxious for that to happen so that we can begin to prepare for him.
Today I'm feeling especially grateful for my Savior and his atonement. I'm grateful that my family is eternal. And I'm very thankful that my little boy is here with us. I found out recently that while I was in my c-section, the nurses had my parents and mother in law calling funeral homes. My testimony of eternal families was the last thread I had to hold on to during those very dark times. And while I'm relieved I could move on and hold on to a different hope, I'm glad I had that knowledge to hold on to. It strengthened my testimony and showed me just how important having an eternal family is. If it weren't for our Savior dying for us, I wouldn't have had that last glimmer of light to hold on to. This will be an Easter I will always remember.