Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Perfect Day

Aside from the day Ethan was born, yesterday was probably my favorite day! Not only did the tube come out (and stay out!), but I got another hour of cuddle time with my son. I shared him with Jeramie only because I had to go pump :) It was so nice to hold him without all the plastic! He still has the wires that are monitoring his heart rate, oxygen, blood pressure, and breathing rate, but those are simple to deal with compared to that tube!

I called this morning to see how he did over night and his nurse reported that he was great! She even sent a picture message to Jeramie's cell phone of him wide awake and sitting up!! He had NO apnea spells (thank God!!), but there were a few times his breathing was rapid. Pray that as his lungs begin to clear, this rapid breathing will resolve as well. It's going to take him coughing up the junk in his lungs in order to get to a more normal breathing pattern. As far as I know, he's still wearing the nasal canula, but it's possible that could come off today.

Ethan is also receiving Methadone and Valium right now, which is making him a very sleepy baby. These drugs are helping him "come down" from being on the Versed and Fentanyl for so long. The doses for these new drugs will become less and further apart until he is totally weaned off of them. The nurses joke that he's already had all the good stuff, so there's no need for him to try anything else when he gets older!

We are so proud of our son and the progress is making! We are thankful to serve such a huge God who hears the prayers of so many. We are thankful for the doctors and nurses who are helping and loving on our little man. We are thankful for YOU for following along and praying so faithfully.

Ethan's going to have another big day today; Grandma, Aunt Jessi, Great MaMaw, MawMaw, AND PawPaw are all coming to visit! I better go get in some snuggle time while I can...

12 comments:

Ashley said...

Wonderful news! I'm rejoicing with you!

Lisa said...

Great news! Ethan is a trooper :-)

My friends and their friends and co-workers in NY send their love and prayers to Ethan. He has a pretty big following of folks praying for him!

Anonymous said...

Hey guys, Praise God! This is awesome news, we serve an Awesome God who never fells! Little man is a trooper!

3 Peas in a Pod said...

God is good!!

jason said...

What a stud!!! Praise God and Praise God! Thanks for keeping us updated as I know you guys got a lot going on. We will continue to pray.

Amanda said...

That is awesome news. We have been thinking about you all everyday. Miracles are happening all around us. Thank you for writing your story and thoughts. And thank you for encouraging us all to keep faith! Love you both

Aaron and Allyson Horton said...

Jeramie and Joye,
That is such wonderful news to hear! I will continue to keep him and ya'll in my prayers. We serve an amazing God. Praise the Lord!
Love, Allyson

Dawn Neuman said...

I am so happy to hear the great news, Joye! I have been reading EVERYTHING you write, everyday. You have all been (and will be)in my prayers!

Rachel said...

Joye, I am sooo happy for you and your family!! I know I haven't talked to you since our Coldstone days, but I have been thinking about you and praying for your whole family!! I follow your blog all the time and rejoyce with you in your good news!! Keep being strong, better days are on their way!!

Nancy Morton said...

Joye, we might be home but you are still very much on our minds and in our prayers. We will continue to rejoice with you. Get all the snuggle time you can. Remember, I told you that you would never take anything for granted with this baby? I can tell that you are there! Audrey and her family will always feel a close connection to Ethan. Keep the Faith. Nana

Kristi said...

Jeramie and Joye it was so nice seeing you two today. I have followed your story through daily updates from Becky and Dad. I am so proud of both of you. Ethan is so beautiful. You inspire me. Parenthood is never scripted, but a journey of beautiful, chaotic, and precious events that you manage one day at a time. I love you guys.

Audra said...

I'm so thrilled - I'm just sorry we didn't get to read it in class - I had to wait until I got home to read this wonderful news!

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