Monday, December 21, 2009

Breathing Tube Out



Hank got his breathing tube out this afternoon and we got to finally hold him again. It was so nice to have him look into our eyes and hold our fingers again. They plan to take out his final chest tube tomorrow.... then we are going to try to give him a bottle! I have lots of milk stored for him! Since he had the tube in his mouth he has associated things in his mouth to be "unpleasurable" so we tried to intorduce the pacifier back tonight and he wasn't having it... so we will just keep trying each day. They say this can be the longest process while in the hospital trying to reintroduce feeding. So, please pray that Hank remembers how to eat and that he loves to have milk! We won't get to try to breastfeed for a few days, they first have to measure how much milk he is taking in before trying to breastfeed since there is no way to keep track of the breastfed milk? Make since huh?

Praise God Hank is doing so well. Dr. Douglas came in his room to take out a few lines and told us how great Hank is doing and shared with us how fortunate he is to work with parents like us because most of the time the kids here don't have any support and the parents don't want to deal with this at all. That broke my heart, you would have to put me in a police car in handcuffs to keep me away from this hospital. We love being here with him and watching him have such great progress!

Glory be to God!
Our Little Family

12 comments:

The McGrew Crew said...

What a beautiful, perfect little family! SOOOO excited to hear that Hank is making such great progress! We are praying that it continues and that feeding will go smoothly! Love you guys!!

Anonymous said...

Way to go Hank! You are doing great. We are praying that you enjoy eating, you can do it!!

Heart Hugs,
Amanda Simpson

Leslie said...

The Baby of 2000+ years ago came so that your baby of 2009 would have Hope, Joy and Peace. Praise God for all that He has done for you and through you; we praise Him in advance for the miracles still to come.
Love always - Glen and Leslie

The McAdams' said...

He is a cutie!! What a wonderful Christmas present!!

cartersmom said...

He is amazing and so are you both. What a testament to your love for each other and God. Hank is so beautiful. What a merry Christmas Angel. Love, he Payne Family.

Courtney said...

I'm so glad to hear how well Hank is doing! It's great to see you being able to hold him again. That is the best feeling in the world! Hank is so lucky to have you both as parents. There is a reason God chose y'all for Hank. We will continue to pray for Hank's recovery. Love, The Williams

Anonymous said...

Dear Deric, Samantha, and baby Hank,

What an encouragement your page is!!! So grateful to our Amazing God and His hand of grace on your family! I am Molly Garibaldi's mom, and she sent out a prayer request to our online Bible study group to pray for Hank as he went into surgery. We are following his progress, and I just wanted you to know that I'm sitting here being blessed by the wonderful music on here. What a witness you are to God's mercy and blessing!!! Much love to you all!
Sally White

Anonymous said...

Hi Sam & Derric,
I'm Shannon, Ryan Ocanas's Wife. I've followed your blog since before Hank had his surgery - Hank is just amazing. He is so handsome and so lucky to have parents like you! I give so much credit to you and Derric for your strength you had thru all this, and it has sure rubbed off on Hank! It brought tears to my eyes to wake up this morning and read your blog - no more breathing tube and you getting to hold him in your arms again! What a beautiful Christmas gift! God bless!!

Love,
Shannon Ocanas

Kari said...

HurraY!!! He is perfect right where he is-in your arms!!! I am so thrilled for all of you!!

Emily said...

That's gotta be the best feeling, holding your baby again. I don't know why it didn't occur to me that you hadn't been able to hold him, but it breaks my heart for y'all. I'm so so happy for you that he is doing so well now! Soon you three will be home!

dave said...

what a beautiful family you are! we love you guys so much!

Shannon McClanahan said...

Praise God! I am so happy to hear of the progress Hank is making. I have been continously praying for him and have been updating my family so that they can be praying as well. I love you guys so much and want you to know what a testimony your family is to me. I forget to let go a lot and trust Jesus to take control. Thank you God for blessing me through the Harughty's! Merry Christmas! Love, Shannon