David and Cherie,
First off, congratulations on the birth of your sweet little guy! Although you have ceratinly been through an ordeal, and there are still going to be "hard days" for the next several weeks, well-wishes are most definitely in order!
I want to echo what Gordon said, and encourage you to keep a vigilant eye on your wife. I know that Luke is your main concern right now, but post partum preeclampsia can and does occur, so if you have any question about her symptoms, even if she's just "not feeling right" (although who feels "right" after having an emergency c-section? [;)]), please be sure to get her checked out!
It sounds like Luke is doing wonderfully! My daughter (born at 29 weeks) also had a PDA, and although she had to go two rounds of the medication, it did close with no further complications.
That's great that he's off the ventilator! Sounds like you have quite a little fighter on your hands there. I hope that he continues to progress and will be off the CPAP before you know it.
Also, as several other posters have shared, the whole NICU experience can be such an emotional roller coaster. Please take some time for yourself and your wife. You have both already been through quite a truama, and you're not out of the woods yet. To be honest, the whole preeclampsia/NICU ride was the hardest thing our marriage has ever faced. Although things are great now, and I know we are so much stronger because of it, I would never wish that experience on anyone. I hope that Luke continues to progress so that he can come home and you two can just enjoy "being parents".
FYI, my little Maggie (was 2.12 at brith) is now a happy, healthy 21 month old. She was late to crawl and walk (don't know if that was her prematurity or just stubborness!), but other than that has no delays. You would never know how early she was, aside from being a little on the small side. These kids truly are miracles.
Please let us know how things are going when you get a minute.
Local Coordinator, Utah
Moderator, "After Your Baby is Born"
DH, Scott, 26
Maggie, 6/9/03, 29 weeks severe pe
Logan, 1/19/05, 32 weeks severe pe/partial HELLP