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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

take a deep breath...

Charlie is one month old today and has accomplished his next big step. He is now breathing on his own without a ventilator. He is getting a little support from the vapotherm. This can give him oxygen, but he is pretty much at room air still. Its main purpose for now is to push pressure up into his nose that helps his lungs inflate a little easier. He is taking to it very well and his numbers have been great all day. He has been a little fussy, but we think it is really because he is a little traumatized by the events of the day. He is super cute though! P.S. We think his eyes might be turning blue, but we will have to wait and see!

Charlie's new girlfriend finally arrived last night. Baby K is his CDH partner in crime and she is beautiful. All the nurses approve of their courtship! She is holding her own and seems to be doing pretty well. We talked to her mom and dad and they seem pretty overwhelmed, but it is hard not to be. Unfortunately they are not even from this area, so their journey will be a bit more challenging in that respect. Please keep them in your prayers.




8 comments:

Carrie Jo said...

Guys, Charlie is just so beautiful! Glad to hear the transition went well.

Monica said...

Oh my gosh!! It's so strange to see him without the tube on his face - he's beautiful!!! :)

Bridget said...

Just when I thought he couldn't get any cuter!!

Tracy Meats said...

Charlie is beautiful!! Many prayers the progress continues! Way to go Charlie, not using the vent!! You are getting stronger everyday.

Tracy Meats - mom to Ian, born with a LCDH on 4/3/04 and WY and CO State Rep. for CHERUBS

Craig and Kristi Kuehl said...

He is soooo ADORABLE!! It is so great to hear he is doing so well--you guys are on the home-stretch!!

Continued prayers for early "release" :)

bjgcnm said...

@Patty & Vince,
I was so happy to hear that Charlie was extubated and doing so well! Sorry I missed you at the office yesterday. He is definitely even more beautiful than the day he was born, and I am so glad to hear he is breathing on his own!
I knew Baby K was expected at any time and I am glad they will have the two of you to talk with, and support them. They say things happen for a reason - perhaps this is fate and God meant for you to help them be strong! The two of you have certainly done an incredible job of supporting each other, love and faith work wonders!
Love the blog.... helps me to keep track of Charlie's progress. Take care and I will keep you all in my prayers, and Baby K too!
Betty

cheryl said...

Your baby is absolutely gorgeous!! It's so good to read that he's doing well.. thanks for sharing. My last (15+years) spent 3 weeks there after birth, and although it's hard at the time, they're so wonderful. Keep getting better, Charlie!!

Fer said...

OMG! Charlie is so cute!!!!!!!! I wish I could kiss his cheeks!