After D’s surgery to treat NEC, he was left with an ostomy bag and plans to have a reconnection surgery in 6-8 weeks. This happened in the beginning of December, so I mourned the idea of having him home for Christmas; at least he was home for Thanksgiving. The weeks in between the two surgeries were mostly uneventful. D was on IV nutrition and was only allowed to get 1 mL of breastmilk an hour (since they didn’t want to stress out his compromised digestive system, but still wanted it moving), but I continued pumping every 3-4 hours in hopes that I would need the supply later when he recovered. This stay was different from his first in so many ways – the first time we kept pushing and testing him and anxiously awaiting him being discharged. This time, we knew he was only coming home after recovering from the reconnection surgery, so I just waited until we got to the 6 week mark to start bugging people. But even then I knew he’d have to stay a while longer to get up to eating his full volume of food again.