We are home!!!!

>> Monday, August 3, 2009

Yes, that's really Kamryn in the car seat ready to go in the front door!

This day has been so amazing, exciting, and at the same time sad. Not too long after we arrived, the local NBC station and the33 News arrived to do more stories on Kamryn and CDH. They will be on tv here locally on channel 5 at 4:30, 5:00, and 6:00 with a possibility of 10:00. The33 news will run the story again and add some going home footage tonight at 9:00. I will definitely post the video's tonight.

It was great having Dr. Zaretsky and Dr. Savani there to talk to the news crews. These two doctors have been nothing short of amazing and I have talked about what they have meant to our family on numerous occasions. It meant the world to us that they were there to see Kamryn go home. Traci, one of her incredible primary nurses, was interviewed for the news also. We hope this will help get the word out locally about this awful condition and raise more awareness of it.

We then spent a lot of time saying goodbye. For 48 days we have wanted to get out of there with our daughter, but when the time came to leave today, it was so difficult. 3 of our primary nurses were there to see Kamryn off (Gretchen, we missed you so much, but are thankful we were able to spend time with you Saturday night) plus a lot of other nurses that have been critical to Kamryn's recovery. I didn't realize how hard it was going to be to say goodbye to these amazing people. They are like family now and we are going to miss them more than they know. I hope they realize just how special and amazing we believe they all are.

So here it is, the departure from the NICU for Kamryn and the reunion with her sister Brooke:

Three of her four primary nurses - Tamara, Traci, and Monica

Check out Kamryn - I think she was telling us to wait because she needed to fix her hair.

Going home:

The reunion (notice Brooke hasn't missed any meals):

To the staff of Parkland and Children's, Thank You for making these pictures possible. You all will always be our hero's and we know it is because of you that our daughter is home. They gave this to Kamryn today and we look forward to hanging it next to her crib:

Thank you!



Anonymous August 3, 2009 at 6:42 PM  

So so so so so happy for you all! Praying everything falls into a routine quickly for everyone!

Elizabeth August 3, 2009 at 6:54 PM  

Welcome Home! I can't wait to meet the girls. Have a wonderful evening with your beautiful girls!

Elizabeth Griffin

Chanda D Brady August 3, 2009 at 8:32 PM  

Incredibly happy for your family! Love, love, loooooove the pic of the two of them together! Chanda

Robin August 3, 2009 at 8:36 PM  

What a great birthday present. I'm sooo happy for you guys. I love the pic of the babies laying together. I bet you just looked over the crib crying with joy. I can't wait to watch them grow.

Love you guys,

Brian, Robin, Kolbie, Tori and Taylore Navors

Baby K Mama August 3, 2009 at 8:49 PM  

I have to say it is very interesting to see Kamryn next to her sister- such a difference. Stupid CDH!! I'm so glad you guys are home... and what a beautiful home it is by the pics!! And so glad the news is really bringing this up!! yay!!! :)

Narci D August 3, 2009 at 9:12 PM  

Yay, Yay, Yay! Welcome home, Kamryn!

Sue mom to Emily LCDH 1-22-08 August 3, 2009 at 9:35 PM  

Congratulations on a family reunited!

Tracy Meats August 3, 2009 at 9:36 PM  

Welcome home Kamryn!!! Congratulations Studdard family on bringing your princess home!!! I LOVE today's pictures...happy tears of joy for all of you. I hope Kamryn just takes off at home and she will catch up with her sister. There is nothing better than being home. So happy that Kamryn is raising awareness on the news. Look forward to reading how your first few days home as a family goes...much love to you all!

Hugs, Tracy, Chris and the boys

Jaime's World August 3, 2009 at 9:44 PM  

Welcome Home, Kamryn! I got chills when I saw Brooke and Kamryn reunited...what an AWESOME picture!
I'm so glad you're home....monitor and wire free! Way to kick CDH butt, Kamryn! :-)
Happy Birthday, Stephanie...I bet today was your best birthday ever! We brought Jaime home 3 days before our anniversary...that was pretty cool for us!
So glad the NICU part of your journey is OVER...now you can relax a bit and enjoy being a family of 5!
Big hugs to all of you!

AliciaB August 3, 2009 at 10:00 PM  

Happy Birthday! What a great present! This is just so awesome! What a beautiful picture of them together! I can't wait to come over and visit Miss Kamryn and Brooke! Hollie is going to love having her two little sisters home! : )
Much love to you all! : )

Maxton's Mommy August 4, 2009 at 12:35 AM  

:-) yay! what an awesome day!!!
Happy birthday Steph!

Anonymous August 4, 2009 at 3:15 AM  

amazing, absolutely amazing, this has just totally made my year, well done little Kamryn, you all have given me sooooo much hope on having a happy ending with my little sunshine, this is the day im holding out for when he's born, the day i bring him home. it's just so brilliant to see Kamryn going home :)
Hayley + Sunshine xxx

Christina Jones - dpsg August 4, 2009 at 7:42 AM  

Happy Birthday Stephanie and welcome home Kamryn !! I am so glad you are all at home and things are going so good !! I am sitting here with tears of joy for your family !!
Now you know you have to bring her up and let me feed her - it's only fair !! LOL
Take care and enjoy all your girls at home with you !!

The Griffin Family August 4, 2009 at 1:00 PM  

Hooray! Jordan and I are SOOO excited that Kamryn is home! Now you guys can settle into some normalcy. Good luck in the next few weeks of adjusting...and I think it's too funny how Brooke is so much bigger than Kamryn...she'll catch up!

Craig and Kristi Kuehl August 4, 2009 at 1:03 PM  

I am crying--I am so happy for you guys!! Just to see the two of them together makes my heart swell. That is the way it should always be. Great job, Kamryn, showing that CDH who's BOSS!!

Creepy August 9, 2009 at 1:08 PM  


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