Both girls made it successfully through their heart surgery! It was a very long and emotional morning and the surgeon arrived very late. We held Sienna’s hand while she pumped away at our finger and practically kicked off her miniature diaper with her leg curls. She seemed to be showing us how strong she was. Avery had her eye covers off this morning (her eyes are still fused shut) and she had her hands and fingers curled up so sweetly next to her chin. I cried upon seeing her beautiful face, as we’ve only seen them a few quick times without the eye covers on. They are truly gorgeous with little button noses that melt your heart.
Once the cardiac surgeon entered the room, he comforted us quickly with his kind demeanor and confidence. The entire staff was wonderful all morning. Sienna’s surgery was completed first and she pulled through strong. Then, after hearing that Avery was heading into surgery with less strength than Sienna because of a night of “desatting,” we waited another 1.5 hour for Avery to have the same blessed news. Success!
They are both resting comfortably and their vitals are stable (for now, they are actually better than right before the surgery). We have been cautioned that they both will have a few very rough days from now through at least Friday, but then we should start to see steady increases in their strength, less reliance on the machines, and hopefully the ability to start getting more nutrition than just the fluids they are currently receiving. Many NICU parents have given us the encouraging news that within a day or two of this same procedure, that their little ones started to make terrific strides forward. They all consider the procedure our lovelies had today to be a major turning point in their own journey.
This was a huge milestone for both girls and we are feeling truly blessed and touched by the hand of God. We’re both currently having a major adrenaline dump in this moment and need to rest, but we wanted to get the good news out quickly.
Please do not let up on any of the prayers and positive energy. They need our strength and ALL OUR PRAYERS ARE WORKING! We are truly grateful for the entire medical staff of Inova Fairfax NICU and to all of you around the world who care. Please keep the positive energy flowing toward Avery Rose and Sienna Grace for a smooth and rapid recovery…