October 31, 2009

A Better Day

It took longer for Rachel to wake up from the anesthesia then the doctors thought and she was being lazy about breathing. She had been on the ventilator since Monday, so yesterday they finally decided to dial down her ventilator to force her to breath on her own and it worked. They were able to take the tube out tonight at 6PM! Rachel also had two poopy diapers today which is wonderful. That means her system is starting to work the way it should. The doctors expect to be able to do the dye test on Monday to make sure she doesn't have any leaks in her system. After that, she'll be able to start eating! Right now she weighs 5 pounds, 2 ounces. It won't be long until she is out of her preemie clothes.

In the picture above, Rachel has on her first Halloween outfit. It was given to us by someone in the NICU as a anonymous gift. The picture was taken before the ventilator tube came out when we were visiting her earlier afternoon...I'm sure she's MUCH cuter now.


  1. OMG What great news, Maggie! Congrats!

  2. What fantastic news!!!! She looks adorable in the halloween outfit!

    Thinking of all of you.

  3. I love your "costume", Rachel!! I'm so happy you're making progress, and your extra weight really suits you. Keep up the good work, baby! <3

  4. A year ago our LC spent Halloween in the hospital...this year we were very happy to tour the neighborhood with our grumpity peacock...looking forward to your upcoming year of wonders and a very Happy Halloween waiting for you at the end of it!

  5. OMG....so happy to hear about Rachel's progress! I love her Halloween outfit! And her weight is fantastic! Poopie diapers too.....how wonderful! I can relate so I completely understand how happy you are with the simplest little things that most other parents don't even think about. Give Rachel a big kiss from her Great Aunt Barbara. I sure hope to meet her someday! Maybe next year while I'm vacationing down in the Outer Banks in Sept. I can take a ride over and spend some time getting to know both you & Rachel....I'd like that! My love to all of you! Aunt Barbara


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