Thursday, February 26, 2009

Answered Prayers

Our prayers have been answered. The x-rays this morning showed that Gwen's lungs looked well enough for her breathing tube to be removed. At 9:30 am our little Gwenners took her first breaths on her own. She is doing wonderfully well. Better than any of us expected. I was driving to the hospital when Jon called and told me they had just removed her breathing tube. When I walked into the Pediatric ICU Gwen smiled and said, "mommy"! She then started to cry and so did I. I have never felt such joy. The nurses and doctors are keeping her pain free. She still has a feeding tube in her nose but that will be removed tomorrow morning. We held our baby today for the first time in 6 days. Tears of joy streamed down all of our cheeks. Jon and I were in heaven. She is being closely monitored and we will stay here for another 5 to 7 days. As I sit and watch her I feel the heavy weight that has been on my heart lifting. This has been a faith promoting experience for all of us. Even our sweet Elle has gained a greater appreciation for prayer. We know that Gwen has been watched over and we will be forever grateful to the countless number of people that have been so mindful of our little family. Please know how deeply appreciative we are to each of you for all of your kind words, thoughts and prayers. Life is such a precious gift.