Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Way to Go Emalee

Wow. That is all I can say! The last day has been quite eventful to say the least! Thank you all for your prayers-they are working! Emalee is COMPLETELY off of oxygen and breathing great! It was a slow but steady process that she mastered like a champ. She now needs to regulate her own body temp, eat and digest her food, poop, and pee...not a lot, right? She only has a few wires and tubes now so we finally get to hold her. It is the best feeling in the world to have her close enough to actually kiss her little round face! We joke that she doesn't have a double chin, just an extension of her cheeks. We had our first nursing session about an hour ago and she did amazing! Even the nurses were impressed with how well she latched on, ate, and then burped. My mom was the first family member to that got to change her diaper yesterday morning. Little Emalee decided that she should poop AND pee on Grammy during the change...we laughed SO hard! She is still in the intensive care nursery and we haven’t been given a set timeframe for her homecoming. The nurses are guessing 1-2 more weeks but considering how good she has done today, I think it will be sooner than later. As you pray for her, please include me too! Yesterday around noon my spinal headache returned. I was given a blood patch on Monday morning (basically blood was taken from my arm and injected into my spine via epidural so that it could clot over the hole that was leaking spinal fluid and causing the headache). The blood patch worked great until the clot broke loose and spinal fluid started leaking again. The pain from the headache was the most intense and horrible pain I have even experienced. Thankfully, I have gotten enough relief via pain management and iv fluids that I was just released as a patient from the hospital! The headache should start to get better in 2-3 days and been gone in a week. Please pray that it does go away otherwise another blood patch would have to be endured-and I really don’t want a fourth hole in my spine! The hospital and staff have been wonderful throughout this entire process...the nurses love all over Emalee. Thankfully, we have been given a room to stay in at the hospital so we are still close to Emalee and she is able to nurse every few hours. Thank you for all of the prayers! We haven’t been able to talk on the phone much so please feel free to email...more later!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Emalee is ONE day old

Emalee is making great progress today! She is able to breathe room air (pumped into her lungs) and has eaten twice! Once Daddy fed her through her feeding tube and then she had her first real bottle (5 ml). Her color is great and she has had her eyes open from time to time. We still haven't been able to hold her yet, but her Daddy hardly ever leaves her side! Izak met his little sister this afternoon. He didn't really know what to think but he did give her the bunny he had made at Build A Bear. When you squeeze the bunny's arm it says "Hi. This is Izak. I love you Emalee. Bye". Complete heart breaker!!! Thankfully, my spinal headache is much better, thanks to a blood patch (YUCK!). I hope to be released by tomorrow...we don't know when Emalee will be released from NICU or when we will get to hold her. We can't wait to hug all over her! She has "lines" leading into her umbilical cord to an artery and until that is removed we wont get to hold her. It is only a matter of time until we have the chance! Thank you for all of the prayers, they are working!!!
**Notice how little her head is compared to Kevin's fist! Also, you can tell in the picture that she isn't very fond of her oxygen line (notice her finger)!

Emalee is here!

Our precious daughter, Emalee Ann Smith, has arrived! She was born on Sunday, Sept 21st at 2:44pm weighing in at 5pounds 14 ounces and 18 inches long! She has a full head of brown curly! Please keep her in your prayers though. She is currently in the Intensive Care Unit for Newborns with some breathing issues. She is actually 5 days premature and her lungs are not quite developed completely. I have only gotten to see her for about an hour the evening she was born...although she is breathtakingly beautiful, she is really fighting for each breath on her own. We are hoping that through the night her breathing is more stable and she is able to come off some (all!) of the oxygen. At our last Dr's report (10pm-ish) she was still getting 100% oxygen but Kevin got to see her around 1 am and she was already down to only 40%!!! . So it may not be too much longer until we can actually hold her and let her brothers meet her! We will try to keep this blog updated with info and more pictures, hopefully soon!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Still waiting for Emalee

Emalee is a no show, so far! Our early labor has stopped and now we are just waiting for her real arrival!

Smile Boys

Our kiddos are so precious...we just can't take enough pictures, although Kevin tries!

Soccer Game 2

Izak had his second soccer game this weekend. His fan crowd is getting bigger-this week Grandma Vickie, Grammy, and Suzie (Grammy's friend) all joined us to cheer on our soccer player! You did great Izak!


Friday night we went to our first 2008 football game. Go Taran, we love watching you play!!