September 14, 2009

Her smile is back!

I am writing this post from home. But I'll get to that in a minute.

Saturday started out pretty well. Alayna was alert and happy! I tried to catch as many of her smiles as I could.

She even realized that her hair was missing.

One of the doctors on the plastics team (plastic surgery) came by and said she was doing so well and that he could take out her drainage tube. So he, quite literally put one hand on her head to keep her from falling backwards and with the other, just pulled and pulled until the tube came out. It ran just above her eyebrows from ear to ear. She didn't seem to appreciate the gesture very much. This is the tube he pulled out.


See? No more tubes!! Yea!

Later she got a bath and we took off any remaining stickers from her face.

Kira, Alayna LOVED her puppy!


As the day progressed Alayna wasn't keeping any of her food down. She would throw up anything we gave her. After a while, she started to refuse to eat. We were told that if she didn't start keeping food down she would have to stay another day.

Luckily, during the night Saturday night Alayna started keeping her formula down and was soon drinking more. So by Sunday morning, we were told that we would probably be discharged that day.

At noon yesterday, we were checking out of the hospital. We feel so blessed. All of the doctors and nurses were amazed at how good she was doing and how little swelling she had in her face. I believe it was very much a result of all the prayers and fasting in her behalf.


Its so nice to be home and to finally be able to sleep in a bed. Although, its kind of like having a newborn again. I get up around the clock to give her her pain meds and antibiotics. Every little cough or whimper has me jumping out of bed to check on her. But she is doing so well. Even back to crawling around on the floor.

I can't begin to express my thanks for the prayers and fasting on her behalf. She is doing so wonderful. Thank you.

16 super cool people speak:

Anonymous said...

Home must be a Welcome sight...what a week! And what a recovery!! LOVE to see her smile!!! It is amazing what she has been through and her progress in just a few days.

It is great to see her beautiful smile and twinkling eyes again!

Her expression was too cute-feeling of her head and the missing hair.

Congrats on your unbelievable and blessed journey.

Much Love (& Relief & Gratitude) Maria

Michelle said...

What an amazing little girl! She is a tough little monkey, that's for sure. It will be fun to see her hair grow back...She is super cute bald, though! Happy recovery! Love you guys.

Sarah said...

She is a cute bald baby!

I'm so glad she's home.

Emily C said...

What a relief! I hope her recovery is swift.

Katie said...

Wow, she looks great in that last picture! I agree with you about the really long tubes. They are crazy! Good luck these next few days.

Heidi said...

Yay! I'm so happy for all of you. I love the last picture and the "Where's My Hair?" picture. That expression and her smile are priceless. Glad you're all home and that everything is going well. I was wondering how the other kids are reacting.

Heidi said...

Oh, and that tube thing? Yuck and Ow!

Valerie said...

So glad you're all home. She looks so beautiful and well.

Brittney said...

that's all great news. How nice to see her smiling!!!

Brandy Lynn said...

I am so glad to hear that you are home. You have been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayer. She is such a beautiful little princess.
Take Care!!
Brandy

CJB said...

That is the best news ever! I loved including her sweet name in my family prayers. I am so glad that her eyes were not swollen shut. What a trooper!

Courtney said...

I'm so happy that everything went well. She looks like she is a very happy baby and will be back to normal in no time.

Svedi Pie said...

You have an angel - look how happy she is, even through such a rough little time.

Good things are healing well - our thoughts and prayers are still with you and her.

Sara Lyn said...

Yay! It's great to see her smiling again. We'll keep praying that everything will keep going well now that you're home. She looks fantastic!

Mama Smith said...

Oh...she looks as BEAUTIFUL as ever!!!! Oh...Sarah...Every picture brought tears to my eyes...How FANTASTIC....to see her beautiful SMILE!!!!

Seth said...

She's a gorgeous baby! Such a happy smile and sparkling eyes.

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