The BIG day!

>> Sunday, August 2, 2009

Kamryn is scheduled to be discharged tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I haven't posted about it yet, but Kamryn made the news here in Dallas on Friday! Channel 33 came to the NICU to do a story on her and the care she received at Parkland. I think they did a great job with it and most importantly it served to get the word out more about CDH. If you haven't checked it out, you can click on the video link at the top right of the blog. I would view it in full screen (just hover over it and it will give you the option to click on full screen). There has been talk about the local CBS station coming out tomorrow to do a story, but it hasn't been confirmed yet.

Today, Stef has spent time getting everything ready for Kamryn's arrival. I got the second car seat out and installed it in the car. We got more bottles and I think we are all set at this point. Hollie is away at Uncle Bob and Aunt Judy's house in Houston which actually worked out very well. It will give us time to get a routine down next week before Hollie comes back home.

I can't believe how nervous we are. Honestly, there were a number of days that I truly wondered if this day would actually happen. We prayed it would, but there were a lot of signs that pointed to the possibility of her lungs not being able to catch up. Now that the day is here, we are so excited, but so nervous. Not sure if other CDH families experienced the same thing, but it's a little scary. What if she starts breathing heavy? What if she starts spitting up? What if she stops bowel movements? Does this mean she has reherniated or there is something wrong with her lungs? Do we rush her to the ER or just take her to the pediatrician? I feel myself getting over protective of her already and I have to let that go. You tend to go through so many scenarios and it gets a little scary. I wish we could bring our primary nurses home with us!!!! They would know what to do :)

We will figure it out and I know it will all be fine. We are just nervous and I expect that is typical. We aren't sure what time discharge will be. We will head up to the NICU in the morning and just see what they say. I guess it is possible that we get there and they change their minds about Kamryn going home tomorrow, but I think that's a pretty slim chance. I fed her a bottle today and she doesn't have any problem eating and there are no signs of withdrawal from the meds! Get this, I held her today for the first time with absolutely nothing connected to her. No monitors making noise, no wires, no tubes, absolutely nothing!

We will post pics tomorrow night of her homecoming and reunion with her twin Brooke. We can't wait to get them together.

Have a great evening everyone and wish us luck tomorrow!



Liz and Shane August 2, 2009 at 9:55 PM  

Yay! I am so happy for you guys. I can't wait to see pics of Kamryn at home with all of you. We were so nervous bringing Nayeli home too. You will know when something is wrong. The nurses will go over all of that with you before you leave, if they dont makes sure you ask.

Anonymous August 2, 2009 at 10:06 PM  

Im am so happy for you all. Brings tears to my eyes to read your happy ending (happy tears!). How nice to be able to reunite the twins after all this time. Thoughts with you all.

Jaime's World August 2, 2009 at 10:08 PM  

You are so lucky to be bringing your little girl home so soon, let alone without tubes and monitors! It's only normal to be nervous, but you guys will be fine. Heck, Tom and I were and still are nervous and we have the monitors and tubes to help us at home! HA!
Your news story was beautiful! What a great story to shed some light on this horrible birth defect!
Can't wait to see pics of Kamryn at HOME! WOOHOO!!!! I'm so thrilled for you guys! What an AWESOME day it will be. Mommy will never forget THIS birthday!
Love and prayers,

Chanda D Brady August 2, 2009 at 10:28 PM  

Can totally tell you guys are excited!!! Looking forward to pics of the twins together!!!

Ailsha and Bean August 2, 2009 at 11:23 PM  

We are so happy to hear of Kamryn's homecoming tomorrow! Congratulations and hope all goes well with two new babies at home!!!

ashley (lott) ohls August 2, 2009 at 11:37 PM  

So happy Kamryn is going home tomorrow! Can't wait to see the pictures of the girls together!

Laurie August 3, 2009 at 6:00 AM  

How exciting that Kamryn will soon be home (Happy Birthday, Stephanie)! And what a great news's sure to raise more awareness for CDH! Continued prayers for the Studdard family!!

Chanda D Brady August 3, 2009 at 7:29 AM  

Just wanted to throw in here that I enjoyed the news report! It was informative to the public....and Stephanie, you look great for just giving birth to twins 6 weeks ago!!! Chanda

courtneytxmft August 3, 2009 at 7:45 AM  

Happy Birthday, Stef! I am so happy that Kamryn and Brooke will be reunited today and you will have your little girl home. They are going to be sooo happy to be together again. I am sure they will want nothing but to be together 24/7!! Love, Courtney

Timothy and Jenny Rogers August 3, 2009 at 7:52 AM  

Congratulations on bringing Kamyrn home, praise God. We were scared when we brought Weston home too. It is amazing how well you know them and you know immediately that something isn't right. What a great birthday present to have both your girls under one roof. What a miracle she is.


Nicole Crocker August 3, 2009 at 8:30 AM  

That is wonderfull news and such a great present. Happy Birthday! Good Luck, you will do great. Nicole and David Crocker.

Anonymous August 3, 2009 at 9:14 AM  

Congratulations and happy birthday! This is an answer to many prayers.

Tracy Meats August 3, 2009 at 11:08 AM  

Happy Birthday Stephanie!!! I hope today is going great and you are reuniting your family and bringing your precious little girl home. Definitely a scary time, but the most wonderful feeling to finally be able to bring your child home that has fought so hard to be here and truely is a miracle. My advice is to find a pediatrician that is up todate on CDH and you feel 100% comfortable with. They also must have great nurses in the office too, so anytime of the day, you feel comfortable calling and if you have questions about Kamryn. I think Kamryn is just going to thrive being home and being near Brooke again, is going to be a great feeling for Kamryn. Look forward to seeing the pictures of the homecoming and the twins first picture together. Enjoy this day, for this is what all of Kamryn's hard work was for!!

Much love and tears of joy for your family!!

kmm0305 August 3, 2009 at 1:43 PM  

Congrats on bringing Kamryn home! You will remember her homecoming date as much as you will remember her birthdate--especially since it is already a special day in your household. Enjoy being together at home and hope you get to celebrate. Great news story, way to spread the word!

Leah 8.11.05 R-CDH

The Colvin's August 3, 2009 at 3:08 PM  

Yeah!! That is so exciting!!

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