Ginny has been eating like Kobayashi since Tuesday evening. She sucks down at least 60 mL every 3 hours and hasn't spewed once. All great things. So, this morning we took out her stroller and car seat and set it up next to her crib in the hospital. "Are you ready to go home again?" we were asked jokingly during rounds. "Subtlety is not my strong suite," I replied. Just ask the herd of jackasses at parking services.
Within about 45 minutes our stuff was packed, Ginny's monitor was shut off, the leads were taken off, and her IV and PICC were removed. We strapped her in the stroller and we were off.
Since it was Thursday, we decided to stop at the March of Dimes NICU family lunch on our way out. I know I've mentioned it before, but thanks again to Gator Domino's for donating pizza to the March of Dimes every Thursday.
Today's lunch was a special one. On Friday, July 30th at 7:00 pm, the University of Florida football team will host the 3rd Annual Gator Charity Challenge. (You've probably heard of them, Nicole. They're kind of a big deal.) Some of the athletes on the March of Dimes team stopped by to sign some autographs and have lunch with us. They were March of Dimes Team Captain Duke Lemmens (football, #44, DE), Billy Steinman (football, #60, OL), and Claire Spurling (track & field - she's a pole vaulter). Of course they had already heard about Ginny (she's a pretty big deal, too).
If you are in Gainesville - or anywhere in Florida, really - you should come support these great charities. Check it out at: http://www.gatorzone.com/story.php?id=18308. We'll be supporting the March of Dimes team this year.
After lunch we loaded the car and headed home - this time for good, hopefully. When we got home, we fed her, changed her, and put her to bed. Today is my 35th birthday, and I couldn't have asked for a better gift.