Sunday, February 15, 2009

One More Day...

And we should be headed home!

Brayden seems pretty happy with the idea!

We had a little setback yesterday (we think he accidentally got the wrong formula, and it made him pretty sick) but now we are back on track. However, I'm sick again and so I only spent half of yesterday at the hospital and I haven't been there at all today. Of course I want to be with him but not at the risk of getting him or any of the other babies sick. I'm feeling a little better but I will probably go to the doctor once we get home just to make sure I'm okay.

Brayden is still draining his bottles and doing very well. Yesterday they took his pulseox off so all he has on him now are his three chest wires that measure his heart rate and respiration.

I am going to attempt to be useful and pack up our hotel room...we've been here over a month so you can just imagine what it looks like. Scary. I hope we can fit all of our stuff in the car! Thank you for continuing to pray for Brayden and all of the other babies!

55 comments:

Anonymous said...

I pray you will feel better yourself.. there is no time for mommy to be sick!
What wonderful news of you all going home.. I will continue to pray..
Love,
Your Sister In Christ, Bryant AR

Harris Family said...

What a praise!!! I could not be more excited for you! I will keep on praying for Brayden and for you to be completely well! Being mommy is going to require lots of energy!

Isaac and Mommy said...

Jenna! I am praying for your quick recovery and Brayden's homecoming TOMORROW!! Take care!

Anonymous said...

I've been following your blog since Brayden's birth. I almost named my son Brayden... LOVE that name! I am so glad to hear you are going home! Woo-hoo! God is good. Have a wonderful journey home and enjoy each moment. Try to not let the past haunt your sleep and just move forward. Your son is beautiful and very very blessed.

Anonymous said...

Jenna,
Praying that you are able to get lots of rest today so you will be healthy for the big day tomorrow. I am so happy to hear that Brayden is doing so well...he is such a beautiful little boy!
Gail
Annapolis, MD

Anonymous said...

What a blessing! I'm sure it will feel so good to be back home; especially with your beautiful son. Hope you feel better soon.

Julie

Anonymous said...

Amen! I've been following your blog for a bit now, (I'm in SW Wisconsin), and am SO HAPPY FOR YOU! Feel well soon & could you & your blog readers please pray for Baby Vieyah - she's very critical and needs all of the prayers she can get! Again, so happy for your family!!!!

Mom in SW WI

http://kargfamilyupdates.blogspot.com/

Kendra said...

Praying you feel better soon Jenna!!!
This is just such WONDERFUL news about Brayden downing his bottles. What a miracle!

Rachel E. said...

What wonderful, wonderful news! Praying for you to recover soon, Jenna, and for the transition home to go smoothly! Thank you for allowing us to pray for you throughout this journey.

Kelly said...

I felt like we MOVED when we came home from the hospital. WE never thought we'd fit everything into our car and my mom's car. ha!
I'm soooooooo excited ya'll are coming home. It's just so much better being home.
And Brayden is eating better now than Harper was when we left - trust me he'll do fine. She can't get enough food now!
I'm so thankful ya'll are about to get out of the hospital!!! SUCH an answer to prayer!

Betsy McK said...

I left you a comment a few weeks back, and have continued to check in and pray for Brayden. I have a Brayden too! My first born son had terrible reflux, that last for 15 months, but the good news it that he will outgrow it. Just used to bringing lots of extra burp cloths and clothes for him and a shirt for yourself. I hope you get the green light tomorrow and you can take your sweet boy home. Get some rest yourself and feel better soon ♥

Junior said...

So happy to hear that you guys are going home. The picture is just precious, love Braydens little smile.
Heidi & Junior

Laura said...

Home...what a beautiful word! I will be praying you feel better soon.

Can't wait to see Brayden's first picture in his own house!

CherryTreeLane said...

I will pray that you begin to feel better and a great trip home! What a blessing!

Amanda said...

Jenna, I took a few days off from reading your blog and oh boy, there's a lot I missed! Great stuff too! First of all, your boy looks so BIG! And healthy too! They say having a baby changes everything, but having a NICU baby changes it even more. Suddenly simple things you have always taken for granted like a baby drinking (and keeping down!!!) a bottle is worthy of a huge party. I've been there, I've SO been there!

After Cadence's GI surgery her day nurse thought she was sucking her thumb, but then she realized Cadence was trying to pull out the vent (she had been on hi flow and was not happy to have the vent back down her throat). The nurse told the Neo and the Neo said that if Cadence pulled it out on her own it was fine because they were going to take it out the next day anyways. Wouldn't you know it, she instantly went to work harder on freeing it out.

Smart little babies, they listen and understand more than we think :)

Then on day 84 of our NICU stay the Neo said we were in "overtime" and that Cadence just was going to start eating all her bottles when Cadence wanted to started eating all her bottles and that he'd discharge her with her feeding tube. They would train us how to blow air through the tube and listen with the stethescope once a day to make sure it was properly inserted in her tummy. I was thrilled with the idea of bringing her home, but a little scared at the idea of being responsible for the feeding tube. Apparently my daughter was, too. She didn't trust us. She took every single bottle after that little meeting with the Neo (which took place at her bedside so she heard every word) in it's entirety, drank it all within the 20 minute limit and kept them all down. 3 days later we took her home without the feeding tube just in time for Thanksgiving.

Praise God for the miracles in Brayden's life! NO TUBES!!! And going home soon! I'm crying tears of happiness for your family right now!

Hope you are feeling better soon.

Hope James Wilson said...

LOVE Brayden's sweet smile...hope you feel better!

Melissa said...

Yay! So glad you get to go home!

Heather said...

So glad you guys get to take your little man home! He has such a sweet smile! May God bless you and your family!

Homemomma said...

He looks ready to come home!

Heather said...

YES!!!! Can't wait til you are blogging from HOME!!! So sorry you don't feel good again. I will pray that you get better. That picture of Brayden smiling makes my heart beat faster....it is just so cute!!!!

Judy said...

Yay!! I'm sure you can't wait to sleep in your own bed and have your sweet boy see his home for the first time! Praying you feel better and so excited for you guys!

Barb said...

Congrats,thats wonderful news.I know you guys will be happy to be home. God is good,hope you feel better soon....Barb

Mountain Girl said...

What GREAT news! Brayden is a handsome guy and he looks very happy to get to go home!

The Parker's said...

Wonderful news! So happy to hear that he is doing better and is now heading home!! Yay!!

taralous said...

yay!! what a sweet boy! prayin!!
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Shelley said...

I have tears in my eyes! I'm so happy for your family. I love the picture of Brayden! I hope you feel better soon.

Sheryl said...

Oh, how exciting! I've been praying for Brayden. Please take care of yourself, too.

Sheryl

our family said...

Yeah, hope you are feeling better soon. Praying you et to take your baby home tomorrow.
Hugs and prayers
Rachel in PA

The Allens said...

We are so happy!

Anonymous said...

YAY! Praise the Lord!

Rach said...

YAY!!! I am so excited for you that you get to take your little man home. And by little man I mean it he has really come into his own he is getting big! I hope you feel better and get PLENTY of rest because home is always a different story. :)

tara said...

jenna he has the best smile! i bet he knows the countdown is on! ;)
sorry to hear you are sick again. try and take it easy packing up, your gonna need your strength mama! :)
praying hard for tomorrow! -tara

Erin said...

Yay!

Cathy said...

Bless your heart...

Katy said...

Horray! And continued prayers for you and your little man! The picture sure looks like he is ready to head home.

Know you'll be covered in prayers as you begin the next step!

Thank you for sharing your story and your son with all of us in blogland. It's been great to see God work another miracle!

~Kate

Kristen said...

Wonderful news! I hope everything goes smoothly tomorrow as you head HOME!! That is so great! (Cleaning the hotel room, not so great) Hope you are feeling better soon and enjoy getting all settled in!

Anonymous said...

What a praise! We will continue to pray for your family as you make the transition from the hospital to your home.

Pierce Productions said...

And though it seems like this month has taken FOREVER...your journey is only beginning. YOu guys will enjoy Brayden so much. Oh but don't be surprised when he starts to change his schedule that the nurses had him on of eating every 3 hours. At least that's what our Morgan did.

I'm just so excited for you to be taking Brayden home tomorrow & that God has used you in such an uplifting way. May Brayden's testimony continue to shine in the darkenss. And I'll say a prayer for you to get better. Being sick is never a picnic, especially when you want to enjoy Brayden's first day home so much. Don't forget to give him a tour of his new home. I bet it will seem quiet compared to the NICU. Blessings to the whole family!!!

Erica Wilson said...

Praise God! I will never forget the day we finally got drive away from the hospital with our son in the car with us. After 6 weeks of going to see him and leaving him there, it was the most amazing feeling to put him in the car and take him away with us. I am praising God with you!

Dawn said...

I hope that you are all on the mend and on your way home VERY soon!!

Kristi said...

Yeah! He looks so happy & content :). I will pray that you get and stay healthy.

Lynn said...

Ohhh Jenny, I pray you feel better real soon so you can hold that baby and love on him. Praise the Lord, he is doing so much better and taking his bottles. How wonderful you are able to go home--continuing to pray for your sweet little family. I found your blog through Kelly Stamps' blog.

God Bless and get well soon!
Lynn, TX

Kylie, Jesse and Asher said...

I am so happy for you guys that you get to go home! Brayden is so cute. I will be praying that you feel better soon.

Pam said...

Woo Hoo! I am so happy you get to come home. I absolutely love that picture of him smiling!
God bless
Pam

Stacia Howard said...

I will continue to pray for Brayden and your sweet family. Hope you get well soon & here is to yall going home today!!

Lianna Knight said...

Such great news Jenna!!! I can't believe how big Brayden has gotten already! Looking forward to seeing all the pics of him in his OWN room :)

Brooke said...

So wonderful that you will be going home! I am so thankful that Brayden is doing so well. Prayers are coming your way for you to feel better. God bless.

Emily said...

ahhh JENNA:) what exciting news.. your blog is always my first trip of the morning!! Yeah yeah for brayden getting to go home! cant wait to hear all about it:)
Hope you start to feel better!
God is great

Gail said...

What wonderful news for your family! The day we have all waited and prayed for.

I have read the updates from Granddaddy Horton about all the prayers,encouragement and kindness that has been shown to the other families in NICU, and without a doubt, your families godly presence made a difference while being there.

Blessing to you and yours.

Chip and Dani Brown said...

HURRAY!!!I haven't gotten a chance to check on you guys for a few days now and WHAT A WONDERFUL SURPRISE to find Brayden EATING and ready to go home! I am SOOOO happy and excited for your family! I will continue to pray for you guys...that you will adjust well to being home and that he'll continue to thrive! PRAISE THE LORD!!!

Megan L Hutchings said...

Two posts full of GREAT news! I am loving it!!!

Here is to hoping and praying that your trip home comes very SOON!!!

Shelley said...

What a Wonderful blessing! God is So good! I'm so thrilled for ya'll. I really hope that you feel better fast and that you can get all your stuff in the car lol. Hugs!!

Melissa said...

Praying for you to feel better soon! You are one sweet baby & I'm so happy that you are doing so well!! So glad that you get to come home:)
Praises to our great Father God!!

Melissa said...
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Erica said...

Congratulations, Brayden! I knew he would "flip the switch" soon. I am very happy that he's now eating well. Yipee!

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