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The Vent is OUT!

I am so thankful for the NICU nurses. It is some determined nurses that just kept watching that oxygen level and hoping and waiting for the doctor to finally get the vent out of Kaydence.

Yesterday, a wonderful rule-bending nurse finally had enough of us lingering in the nursery and not getting to hold our baby girl. We had been told we couldn't hold her until her arterial IV was removed, but she got an order to override that rule and we were able to hold her.

The only problem was that Kaydence just kept gagging every time we moved her because of the vent. Our nurse said that is common. It made me feel bad for wanting to hold her. I was so disturbed I told Tommy I just wanted to wait until that thing was out of her before we held her again. This morning she was still uncomfortable acting and the nurse told us her tests came back good today and that the vent was set at its lowest possible setting to help her breathe.

This afternoon we went to visit Kaydence and as soon as we walked up to her little bubble, the nurse said, "Is she missing something?!" Sure enough the vent was out! Praise God! Poor Kaydence was ready to snatch out the tube herself apparently, and she had snatched at a lot of things. I held Kaydence for about 45 minutes after that. It was so awsome to finally see her little mouth. She has a CPAP now and does so well. The only time she seemed to get out of whack breathing was when she was dirtying her diaper. Not bad!

I almost cried both today and yesterday as I held her in my arms and sang (very softly) songs she might recognize. Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow was the one that popped into my mind repeatedly. That is one song I sang a lot while she was still in utero. I can't wait for her to sing it one day herself. I am so amazed at how tiny and perfect she is. I am amazed at how alert she is. I am amazed she is here! And so thankful.

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  1. My heart just smiled when I read you were singing to her. YOU ARE A GOOD MOMMY!!!

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