Saturday, September 29, 2007

A First...Holding Emy

Yep, it's finally here! I walked into Emy's hospital "suite" last Thursday and the doctors had switched her over to the conventional ventilator! I guess the third time IS the charm! I was so surprised! ~Answer to prayer!~ Oh, and no steroids were needed! ~Another answer to prayer~ There are potential side affects of the steroid. Saturday they considered her stable on the new ventilator and gave us clearance to hold her. They call it a "kangaroo wrap". She lies on our chest skin-to-skin and we zip her up in our shirt. The babies really do well when they are held...and it's not so bad for the parents either! Emy really seemed to love it. If you watch the video, you can see that Dustin points out that her numbers show that she is around 100...which means that she's really happy! That number shows the oxygen level in her blood. If it's high she's happy - if it's low she's not! She has quite the reputation around the NICU for setting off her monitor. They like for her to stay between 85 and 100. When the nurses change her diaper, mess with her too much, talk too loud or look at her the wrong way she'll dip below 85 and set off her alarms! We were really surprised she was at 100 while we held her. Happy girl...happy momma!

Criteria to bring her home:

1. Off of the ventilator
2. At least 4 lbs.
3. Feeding well
4. Holding her body temp. well

By the way, she's over 3 lbs! Woo-hoo!!

Still can't thank you enough for your prayers.


Amanda said...

I have never seen a more beautiful picture. I'm so glad that you got to hold your precious. I'll continue to pray for your family.

Amanda said...

I have tears in my eyes. I've prayed for your family because I know I was so hard for you to put your adoption on hold and now this. I'm so happy that she is gaining weight so fast. I hope we can make it out their some day so Ananya and Mia can meet again. I will continue to pray for Emy. She is a doll.

Kellie said...

Angie and Dustin,

I am sooo happy that you were able to finally hold Emy. She is really beautiful and her color looks really great. My entire family continues to pray for all of you.



Adoption Blog said...

Angie this is such BRILLIANT NEWS! ITS WONDERFUL! Reading your post moved me beyond any expectations!

Thoughts and prayers from accross the pond! ;-)


Sas & Co

Chris said...

FANTASTIC news. I'm so glad you got to hold your baby girl.

Hope things continue to improve steadily and quickly.

The Labontes said...

What an amazing moment to share with us! Gorgeous pictures. We continue to pray for all of you. She looks great, and her weight is coming up so quickly.

Enjoy snuggle time,

Julie & Patrick said...

We've been away in India and I am just now catching up. How exciting to see Emy making these great strides!

Continued prayers for all of you.

Julie R

Pam said...

We have been moving, so I've been out of internet service for 10 whole days! I've misses so much! We pray for you and Emy alot. I'm sooooooooo glad to see her in your arms. My eyes are filled.
Momma to Micah