We got word this morning that because Cooper will be in the NICU for a couple months, Jake was approved to stay home and does not need to return to his deployment. When the Red Cross sent him home it was just for a 2 week emergency leave, but Jake's superiors made the decision that they can complete the deployment mission without Jake as he needs to be near his family right now. He will be working his normal shift but at least he will be in the same town and can visit Coop after work.
It is so nice to know he will be around during the tough times and here to celebrate the milestones. The doctors and nurses all say that visits from mom and dad truly help preemies thrive. I'm so happy that the Air Force can understand that and is willing to make exceptions to help out family members.