Aidan had a pretty rough morning and early afternoon today (Sunday). He had several bouts of vomiting and had to be suctioned a lot today. We finally figured out what caused the increased secretions and the mucus on his stomach was what was causing him to vomit. Let's just say that he was pretty miserable, as were Russell and I, especially after getting to bed at 3:30am. We didn't have a nurse Saturday night and I'm not comfortable not having a nurse with Aidan at night. Russell and I have to sleep sometime. As long as Aidan has the trach, I want a nurse with him during the night. I don't need for him to vomit and aspirate it into his lungs.
Anyway, after a couple came this afternoon to visit Aidan and do some energy work (reike/healing touch) with him, he calmed down and we were able to go visit my grandparents and family for Father's Day. When we got there I put Aidan on the couch and my Mamaw started talking to Aidan and showed him my cousin's little puppy (the one in the pictures from last weekend). He immediately smiled! He smiled not once, but 3 times! I saw the first one I started bawling, I saw the second one and I couldn't stay there, so I missed the 3rd. Nothing I've done has gotten a smile out of him. I was so happy to see him smile. I know in the picture last week it looked like he was smiling, and he makes those kinds of faces, but you can never really distinguish whether they are smiles or grimaces. His smiles today were obvious smiles.
Aidan also turned his head twice to look at Evan while we were driving down to my grandparents (it's a 45 minute drive). Evan evidently knew that Aidan was looking at him and said "hey" to him. It was so cute. I wish I had had a video camera to capture it.
Anyway, I just wanted to share this news with you all. Let me just say that seeing my baby smile after 4 months is one of the best thing in the world.
Monday (tomorrow) marks 4 months since the accident. Our lives have been forever changed. I don't know how I feel from day to day. I have my good days and bad days, just like Aidan does. I still have hope that Aidan is going to recover from this, even though some days it feels like I'm at the end of a very long tunnel. Seeing Aidan smile renewed that hope.
Please continue to pray for Aidan's complete recovery. Pray that he continues to surprise and amaze us each day with his achievements. I hope all the fathers and grandfathers enjoyed their day.