Well, Jason and I are breathing easier, but Cayden is doing more of the work himself because they extubated him (took out his breathing tube so he is no longer dependent on a ventilator.) He is back to SIPAP, which is step in the right direction.
During our visit this afternoon, we also learned that they've found a source of infection - that breathing tube of all things! It's bacterial in nature so that explains why he responded well to the antibiotics. They'll continue the antibiotics for a total of 7 days to be sure it's all cleared up. In the meantime, everything else is looking good and he's stable. He may have a small area of pneumonia in one lung, but hopefully the antibiotics will clear that up. They took out the IV in his scalp, he doesn't need any more blood transfusions for now, and hopefully he'll get back to having breast milk again soon.
For a change, we actually felt good leaving the NICU today, like we've overcome this hurdle and can stop holding our breath for the moment. Tried taking some pictures while they had his isolette open and all of the masks off of him, but he was being shy and trying to avoid the paparazzi by shielding his face with his big bandaged hand. Silly little guy!