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The hospital diaries
Thomas's first couple of weeks, in the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford
Mum and baby doing well!
Thomas at a couple of minutes old, at 14:34 on 15th July, weighing a respectable 5lb 6oz
Day 1 - not impressed at being confined to an incubator in the Special Care Baby Unit
Even less impressed at being unwrapped...
...but at least he has an awesome hat :-)
Nina looking remarkably recovered after some NHS toast
Day 2 - still in an incubator, but a bit more awake this morning
Getting ready to be shipped off to theatre
Day 2 - back from his first op, and thoroughly unimpressed at being hooked up to all manner of aparatus in PICU
Day 3 - funky new bedding in PICU, and looking a bit perkier
Day 4 - Proud mum and boy
He loves his Miffy
The happy parents
Day 5 - about to leave for his second operation
Back from theatre, with Miffy put to good use holding his ventilator tubes
Day 6 - belly much more normal after the second operation
Very neat handiwork by Mr Lee, Thomas's paediatric surgeon
Celebrating Thomas's successful second operation back in the Ronald McDonald House
Day 7 - I'm forever blowing bubbles (he isn't going to be a West Ham fan though)
Day 7 - off the ventilator at last
Day 7 - looking a bit yellow around the edges, so time for phototherapy
The best tanning service the NHS can provide
Day 8 - Once Thomas's arterial line had been removed, mum is permitted a first cuddle
Proud mum and dad
Just like any baby, Thomas loves to grab your finger
Day 8 close-up
Bed time on day 8, and a brief move to the (freezing cold) high dependency unit - loving that hat!
Day 9 - a big day, Thomas escapes PICU to move to Tom's Ward in the Children's Hospital
Day 9 close-up
Thomas's bed on the children's surgical ward, with a view at last
Nice view of the park
Day 10 - a cuddle for Dad at last
Day 10 - first visit for Nana Kate
And another visit from Nanny Collinge
Those finger nails could do with a trim!
Day 11, fast asleep
Day 12 - Thomas and Miffy
Day 13, mittens!
Day 14 - finding his voice
Still a bit camera shy
Day 15, not especially happy about being changed!
Day 16 - sleepy baby
Architectural interlude - the atrium in the Radcliffe Children's Hospital
Day 17, and another milestone...
...Thomas is disconnected from his TPN feeding lines, and is on the move (albeit only within the hospital)
Day 18 - Not quite sure about the big red elephant from Darren and Emma
Day 18 - Thomas's NG tube is removed
Looking like a normal baby at last!
Day 18 - decision taken, we're out of here!
Thomas untroubled by his impending move home
Hurry up and wait
We're off! Goodbye and thank-you to the John Radcliffe hospital and all its staff
First car journey...
...and like all babies, Thomas spends his journey home fast asleep. To be continued!
The first few months