Friday, January 30, 2009

Two Weeks Old and Moving on UP!

Guess who is TWO weeks old today???? This girl!!!

We've been on a little bit of a roller coaster today. Harper is totally off of her meds and IV's but she started having some withdrawl from her pain meds. Our doctor warned us a week ago when this happened she would be irritable. Well - he was right and she's had a tough day. She was pretty mad most of the day. Mommy holding her seemed to help a lot but she would still get upset. She also has been breathing a little hard so they had to put a tube in her nose to feed her. She is getting my milk so that's the good thing - it's just hard to go from bottles or nursing back to a tube.
The grandparents are all back and this was them watching from the window while we held her. I had a small breakdown this morning because I'm just SO scared to take her home where I won't have monitors to watch her heart rate or breathing and I just keep thinking "what if something happens?" I was terrified when I was pregnant thinking about being in charge of a little life but now that she's been sick - it's even scarier. But it's all about the TRUST in God I've been talking about. I had to remind myself that the God who did a miracle and gave me her in the first place and then did another miracle and healed her is the same God who will help me watch over her night and day. Harper likes me to sing to her (even if my singing is bad) and all day I've been singing "Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus". I need to hear that last line over and over - "Oh for grace to trust Him more!"
Our sweet friends - Brad, Amanda and Neely came to visit today. I felt so bad because we were in the midst of a major change when they came so we didn't get to visit much. Neely and Harper will be fast friends in the future I just know! Thank ya'll SO much for coming!!!!
Our big change was this afternoon - a doctor came out and said they had a private room open in the children's hospital and since Harper was doing well (and since our whole family was there in the NICU all day long) - they were going to move Harper there. I was so nervous at first because I was scared to leave the good care of the NICU and I wasn't sure how this would work but I have to tell you - we are so excited. The children's hospital is new and SO nice.
We now have this HUGE room with a flat screen TV and chairs and a couch and a place to keep our stuff and our own bathroom and we can be in the same room with Harper all day long. We can hold her and dress her up and change her as much as we want. And this will help us transition into going home. We still aren't sure when that will be. We got excited and thought it could be in a few days but it may be a couple of weeks instead. I'm totally good with that - I just want her to be 100% healthy when we take her home.

I think we have several visitors coming tomorrow so it should be a busy day! I'm going to get to stay with Harper at night now. Thank for continuing to pray for us! You have all blessed our lives so much!

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Anonymous said...

Transitioning to the general peds floor is a huge praise! She is progressing!! Hang in there Kelly! Been praying hard for you all. Harper is beyond beautiful!!!!

xo,

Shannon

Jennifer said...

Congrats on the private room!! May tomorrow go a little smoother as far as the getting upset. She's still learning, and so are you!! :) Sending lots of warm wishes and prayers.

JalenasMommy said...

Amazing progress! Way to go Harper! Continuing to pray for you all!

Meredith said...

Kelly, Harper looks soo cute as always! I am so happy for ya'll that she is doing better. Also, I love your new room for sweet Harper in the hospital. It is really nice! Praying, Praying!

Shal said...

That's great you will have your own room for her! It will be great bonding and wonderful practice for when you do go home, but extra insurance there with the nurses being able to help out too!

Harper is so cute and I love all the different bows! You gotta showcase all the outfits that girl wears! She's gonna be a little fashionista!

God is good, and he'll always be there! :)

Amy said...

Oh, my, she is gorgeous! That first picture is priceless. We'll be praying for a smooth, anxiety-free transition home!

Adirondackcountrygal said...

Wow, that private rooom is great! I'm so happy Harper is doing so well. She is so pretty.

Kristy said...

She is so gorgeous!!
I tear up everytime I see how well she is doing!!

Jenny said...

I love reading about the wonderful progress sweet Harper is making everyday. My girls (ages 3 and 8) ask how she is doing and are so interested in reading your updates.

Have a wonderful weekend in that big, new room of yours. What a blessing!

Blessed said...

So happy for you guys and thankful that the Lord has done this amazing work and is continuing to touch her little body!

Michelle said...

I'm so glad she's in a private room! She is so beautiful, I can't wait to see all of her pretty little outifts. Take care and many continued prayers.

Carrie said...

It is amazing that it has been two weeks since you began roller coaster of an adventure. How blessed you must feel to know that your baby girl and her story has already witnessed to so many people. God is nothing shot of amazing in how he can take a situation that we view as devastating and work it to glorify Him. Way to start your ministry from day one Harper! Happy two week birthday!

Mandy said...

Yay! Your own room! She is so precious.

WillowLakeScents said...

Hurray for the new room !! Continued prayers.

Brewer Fam said...

It's normal to be nervous. I was the same way when My daughter got out of the nicu after nearly 2 months. The doctors will not let her go until they know she is ready. You are a wonderful mom and will do just fine :)

Jess :) said...

A private room...that's wonderful!! I just am thrilled at the progress she's making!! Just know that God will continue to be with you and Scott even when you take her home, which I know you know, but sometimes...it's just nice to have that gentle reminder!! Now, when you and Harper are just hangin' out...you can get back to some serious reality TV and tell Harper all of the wonderful things that are going on!! Like, Mr. Jason Mesnick...Idol...Biggest Loser, etc. She will be loving life once she finds out about how fun TV can be!!! :)

Okay, I'll stop writing a book! Just wanted to let you know that I'm still thinking about you every minute and praying for you like crazy! By the way, the t-shirts are a hit!! Yay!! Isn't that exciting?!?

Love you lots,
Jess :)

P.S. Sending lots and lots of love, hugs, and kisses to Harper, as well!

sandy said...

Everything seems to be moving in the right direction! Keep the faith!

Erin said...

I am so glad that your sweet girl is doing so well. We continue to pray for the medicine withdrawls to become less, and for her to become more comfortable!

wife.mom.nurse said...

Two weeks! Happy Birthday Miss Harper! XOXO She has the perfect bow for Fashion Friday ") So glad to hear updates on her progress. HE is so good!

Jill @ Live Laugh Blog said...

I am just amazed at how well she's doing and how well you guys are hanging in there!
You look like a natural holding her!!

Also, I'm so impressed with you trying to nurse her. I know how rough it was with my girls, and they were born without any complications. Hang in there, girl, once you get her to latch on and your body gets used to it - give it about 4 weeks and you'll be absolutely fine with it!! It's hard - but SO WORTH the bond that you'll create with her.


Happy Two Weeks, Harper Baby!

Stephanie RN BSN (to be!) said...

Yay for big milestones! Again, God is soooo good!

Stephanie from Indiana

crittyjoy said...

She is a beautiful little girl! Yay for moving to the room...and getting to spend more time with your sweet Harper.

Prayers still ascending...and have a WONDERFUL weekend :)

Angela said...

That is so awesome!! After my son's heart surgery, it was awesome when we moved from the PCICU (pediatric cardiac ICU) to the floor, it was amazing! (We were at Vanderbilt in Nashville.) The room was big and it was a nice change. And you're right, it's a step toward going home. The only bad thing about "the floor" was that we had to stay with him a lot more and didn't have as much one-on-one care. Oh, and we were three hours away from home, and my husband and I had to share a pull-out couch that was slightly bigger than a twin. And we're each about six feet tall. It was hilarious. :)
You will look back on these days and weeks at the hospital with bittersweet memories. Being so glad that you were so well taken care of, so glad you're home.

Cindy said...

I love your honesty and updates and that Harper has her own room. How wonderful to be able to be with her all through the day!
She's a beauty as always and I continue to pray for your entire family!!

Cynthiaa ♥ said...

Amazing.

Still praying :D

MommaOfBoys said...

What a little beauty!!! She is absolutely precious...I love seeing those eyes wide open (nowhere near as much as you do I'm sure!!!) I come back daily for updates and am so thrilled that she is doing so well. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!

Hannah Nicholls Hough said...

That's awesome about the private room. I'm a nurse at a children's hospital, so I know how nice it is to have a private room. You will do great with Harper when you get home. It all comes naturally and yall will do great.

Hannah from Louisiana

Annette said...

Praise Jesus for the private room!!!! You have been such a sweetheart to keep all of us informed and we all love you for that.... She is absolutely beautiful and I think she looks like her momma....

The Garners said...

You guys have had a big day today! She looks so cute and sweet in all her pictures--I just love seeing her all swaddled up with her big eyes open looking around!

Your new room looks nice!

Thinking of you!

Anna said...

You must be so happy! Your doll baby is so cute!!

Megan said...

I think it is so nice to have your own room!

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

I love that first picture of her...it looks like she's smiling!

I'm still praying for you guys, and hoping Harper adjusts to being med-free!

wife.mom.nurse said...

Oops, I was thinking of yesterday's bow ") You are a wonderful mother. You can TRUST HIM and yourself.

The Shabby Princess said...

That's so wonderful that you all have a private room now. You will so perfect in taking care of Harper when she gets home. You have been an amazingly faithful Daughter of God and he blessed you with a beautiful daughter--you will be amazing! You're already an amazing mom.

Harper is beautiful!

Becki Francy said...

Kelly-
My son was early. We got a monitor called the Bebe Sounds Angel Care monitor. It sounds an alarm if the child stops breathing for more than twenty seconds. It is a great monitor, and it is sold at Babies R Us. It was recommended to me by a nurse from the NICU there at St. Francis.
Becki Francy

Jenna said...

Kelly that is so great that you get to be with her all of the time! I wish we had that here! Who knows, Brayden and Harper might end up being released at the same time too (I wouldn't be surprised!)!!

Joy said...

Praise the Lord!! So very happy for you- sooo glad that Miss Harper is out of NICU and you are able to stay with her more comfortably. Please let us know if there is anything we can do!

Holly said...

Harper is a doll! Of course, you already know that but I just had to say it.

Ask your doctor about going home on an apnea monitor. If this is not an option then check into the Angel Care Monitor. These are sold at Babies R Us or you may even find a deal on Ebay. My son came home on an apnea monitor because of prematurity. Had it not been for the monitor, we most definitely would have lost him to SIDS at 8 weeks old. After doctors discontinued his monitor, a friend bought us an Angel Care monitor and it provided peace of mind more than anything. Hope this helps.

Blessings to you and yours,
Holly

Rach@In His Hands said...

I'm so thankful to hear that Harper is continuing to do well! What a little fighter she is. Enjoy your new room....and all the girlie dress up!

Heidi said...

YEAH HARPER!! Your own private room, that is wonderful news. Hang in there little one.

Anonymous said...

What a miracle! You must be so relieved and scared. But you are being watched over and taken care of. Best blessings to your family!

Swan Family said...

Kelly,

It is so great to hear that Harper is doing so well! She's a fighter! I think Harper looks like you!!

Jen said...

I am sure you feel a little overwhelmed!! Hang in there....you will be just fine!! Remember HE is holding you and Harper in HIS hands!!!

Always Praying,
Jen

Kristie said...

I am high fiveing^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^Harper from Alabama.

Way to go....keep up the great work.

Keeping all of you in my prayers.

Kristie

Mike, Kacy & Wells said...

Yeah for a private room & getting to dress Harper in her cute clothes! Yeah for the dress you're wearing - I still love mine too. You're going to be fine at home. I just know it!

Josh and Sarah said...

Every day's update brings me to tears and thanks to God for all that He is doing in Harper and through you all. Praise His Name.

Yeah for the private room! How wonderful that will be for you all. And how excited I am that you get to stay with Harper tonight!

Hugs!
Sarah

Jordan said...

Congratulations! That's great news! You are going to be a great Mom, Kelly! Don't for a second think you wont! =]

Lindsey said...

Hello there. Praise the Lord! I'm so happy for little miss Harper! I'm praying she continues to make great strides! I know she will. My son was in the NICU for 2 weeks after he was born and it was VERY scary going home with out the monitors. I remember staying in his room with him and drifting to sleep watching his o2 stats and heart rate. Every time I moved and woke up I would check them. You might ask if the nurse can turn off the monitor in your room a few nights before you go home to get used to it!!!! God is with you! :)
http://ARewardFromHim.blogspot.com

Lindsey

Becky said...

Kelly, she is right where you want her to be - her step up unit. Perhaps you can request that she come home on a monitor. One of the boys did. I imagine that some of her alarms have gone off while you have been there, and they have really been 'false alarms'. The apnea monitor does as well. But it does go off. The smallest of the boys sometimes would 'forget to breathe' and the alarm would obviously surprise him and he would. My daughter gave it up after a few weeks, she felt comfortable at that point. My daughter was an extremely relaxed first time mom, but we were all concerned about the peanut of the bunch, and this really helped put her mind at total ease.

The Graves' House said...

so glad to hear of the many blessings the Lord is bestowing on your family. i will continue to pray as Harper gets all the meds out of her, i hate that she has to go through that. congrats on the room, glad you will have some privacy for more family time.
prayers and blessings,
the graves family

Lindsay Leigh said...

About being anxious about taking her home....a verse I have been praying over my pregnancy and it's last days.
"Peace I leave you, my peace I give to you, for I do not give to you as the world gives, do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27.
This verse has given me so much peace. We are so happy about all the wonderful progress and great reports.

Carol said...

I'm so glad you'll being staying with Harper in her own private room. I'll be praying that she will have an easy transition from the pain meds. I'll also be praying for you as you love & care for your little miracle!
Love & Hugs!
Carol ~ in Tulsa

Momma Chae said...

What a beautiful and spunky looking little girl! Congratulations

~*~Birdy~*~ said...

Just dropping by to check on ~*~Little Harper~*~ She looks so good and will continue to do so!
Prayers still going up for Harper!
Will check in tomorrow! SMileS~*~Birdy

Mandy said...

Oh! A private room is so nice!

I remember the two times my son Grady had the withdrawls from his sedation meds. The first he didn't sleep for 23 hours straight. The second time he would cry hysterically if you even looked at him. Luckily we got those weaned down!

Taking a baby home is so scary no matter what but taking one home who has been sick is much scarier! But, you're right, you have to hand it over to God. And trust your gut. If something seems not right, then call the docs, that's why they are there. I remember being so very scared to have Grady sleep with no monitors hooked up to him. Those beeps and numbers get very familiar and reassuring when you've been there that long!

Checking in daily and praying for Harper!

j3k said...

I hate leaving you a comment because I know you are super busy taking care of your sweet bundle of joy but love and prayers to your whole family. I know it is scary but the move to the private room will be the greatest transition for home. Hearts and hugs to the whole family

The wimsetts

Anonymous said...

No meds, Awesome! She looks beautiful! That is great you got a private room.

When my son was in the NICU with pneumonia, he was only there 7 days, but I remember the first night home was scary. I would wake to nurse every 3 hours and I kept a 2hand watch with me so I could count his respirations. They were still high and I felt scared being alone without the care of the NICU. Every day got better though. Him and for myself.
Take care! Congrats!

Kim said...

I was concerned to take the twins home after their 17 day NICU stay because of their dsat score always making that monitor beep constantly. But from experience, I can tell you that I never thought about it once I brought those babies home - ever!

Erin said...

Happy 2 weeks sweet Harper! She is BEAUTIFUL!! So glad things are continuing to go well. I completely understand your fear of taking her home. I had the same thought as we were driving home from the hospital with Kinley. Just continue to remember how the Lord has watched over you guys and He will continue to do that at home, too.

Mark 14:14. We're still praying! Love seeing the pictures of the Stamps Family. BTW you look amazing. Hope you are doing good. You are such an inspiration! Your strength is amazing. I've really been praying for physical and emotional healing for you. See you guys soon!

Anonymous said...

I have been reading your blog everyday. I live near Hershey, Pennsylvania and I came across your blog while visiting another friend's blog. I have been thinking and praying for dear Harper and your family. I have a son, Owen, that will turn 2 in April. I remember how nervous I was to bring him home from the hospital when he was just a few days old. I had trouble sleeping worrying about SIDS and all that scary stuff. I bought the Angel Monitor from Babies R Us which sounds an alarm if the baby would stop breathing/moving. It was expensive, but SO worth it. The monitor part is cheap so we did not use that, but we did use the alarm for the first few months. We had a couple false alarms, but I knew that could happen so I did not completely freak out. Just a little bit of advice... you probably already have heard of it. If you want to know more about it my e-mail is sreager@comcast.net

Lisa said...

Wow!! What a great day for the Stamps family!!! You get Harper all day and all night. Yeah!! I am so excited for you. God is so good!
Enjoy that sweet baby girl!

Lisa Q(did I use enough !!'s)

Mom2anAngel&amiracle said...

DEMAND an apnea monitor to take home with you, your insurance should pay for it. If they won't the angel care crib sensor is great! If they stop breathing for a few seconds this huge alarm goes off - usually enough to startle the baby and they start to breathe again. It's a pad you put under the crib matress. Video and sound monitors were a life saver for our sanity even though I had the apnea monitor I checked her breathing every 10 mins.

I am thrilled with Harpers progress. I hope you can rest in this new room and be comfortable. Have a blessed night!

Sarah

Rhonda said...

As a mom to our sick babies..the Doctors wont let you take her home until you are comfortable and they believe Harper will be ok at home...She is so beautiful and Congrats on the Private room and getting to stay with her at night....

chickadee@afamiliarpath said...

what great progress!

The Fabulous Side of Me said...

Oh what a good change that is! She is more beautiful with every picture. I cannot imagine how scared/nervous you must be at the thoguht of taking her home (alone), but you are right, God is with you. Always. Have a wonderful weekend.

Patty said...

I will start praying that God will continue to touch her body and help her to adjust quickly w/out the pain meds. I am so happy you have a private room. I am praying that you will get some much needed rest and gain your strength back.
Love,
Patty

Tina said...

I just wanted to say she looks just like her mommy! Wow what pretty ladies daddy is a lucky guy...God Bless

Reely Jiggin said...

I've been praying for Harper and you guys since last week. I'm amazed at how quickly she has pulled through. WAY TO GO HARPER! PRAISE JESUS!!

I can't wait to read more about your life. I love your blog!! I'm also looking forward to seeing all those cute flower headbands and girly things you have for her!

Get 100% soon, Harper!! Such a beautiful baby!!

mccoy5 said...

Yay!!! Our God is an awesome God. So very very happy for you! ~Lisa

Stephanie said...

Look at y'all moving up to that big room! I know that has to be nice having your own space and most of all being with your baby girl.

Don't worry about bringing her home! Every mommy has fears (and since Harper has been sick, I am sure yours are big fears), but you are going to do a wonderful job!

Your mommy insticts will kick in and plus you have so many people who I am sure will be praying and supporting you!

Can't wait to see what cute outfits and bows you put on that girl! (LOVE the pink crib btw)

Tracy said...

Being moved to that room is a HUGE step! That means she is doing SO well and is transitioning to go home! When we got moved to a room like that from the NICU it was such a burden lifted off..because we could all have some private time! And I know that fear of bringing a baby home after the NICU...but trust me..they will not send Harper home until she is 100%!!!

Kris said...

How nice to move up to a private room!! I agree that it's a great transition for when you take her home. (I was always nervous taking my babies home - just knowing that the responsibility of a new little one was all on you!) You'll do great and look at all the support you have. I hope she does okay off the meds and you are still in our prayers!

ABC said...

What a doll!!! I am so happy to see her looking so alert, continued best wishes to all three of you!

Sarah said...

I think the picture of the grandparents peering through the window is just about the cutest thing that I have seen, except for maybe that first picture of Harper. Yea on the new room!

Amanda said...

Yay! I am so excited about your move to the stepdown room! That is such great news! We are still praying in TN!

Anna said...

My little girl spent 26 hours in the NICU, nothing compared to what you have been through. But I had the same worries about when they sent her home, but she never had any problems after that. Just remember they won't send her home until she's good and ready. She'll be just fine!!

RowdyGirls said...

Arrived at your blog via Bring the Rain and have been following along and praying! Praise God! We had a month in the NICU w/ our twins and it is scary bringing them home w/out all the bells and whistles. They have a neat baby monitor called Angel Care that can help the transition a bit. Check it out if it's a big concern of yours. Also... I sang "'tis so sweet" to my girls ALL the time, too. It was my anthem.

Christy said...

WOW, that would be a huge transition to make... going from NICU where you are surrounded by nurses all the time... to a childrens hospital. but like you said a good transition from NICU to CH then to your home.... God is so good, and he has brought Harper so far already... I know that He is going to make the trasition a great one... and He is going to bring her through the withdrawls... You can do it... the Lord ordained for you to be her mommy and for scott to be her daddy!
Have a blessed day on Saturday!

Toga Tuite said...

She is so beautiful!! We are so happy you'll be able to stay the night with her! Glad she's getting stronger, we'll keep praying!!!

amy said...

Happy 2 week birthday, Harper!

You are so adorable! I hope you enjoy your big new room with your family rooming in...:)

It's so amazing to check in everyday & see the progress that little Harper is making! God is good!

Hugs,
amy

Laura said...

I'm a stranger to your family, but have been praying like crazy for your sweet Harper. I wanted to tell you about a monitor that I have used with both my girls (5 and 22 months) and currently with my son (12 weeks) It is called Angel Care Monitor, you can get it online or Babies R Us, or maybe even Target. It is the only reason I ever sleep when the kids are sleeping. It monitors movement in the crib, (even as sensitive as the chest moving while breathing) so if there is no movement for 15 seconds an alarm goes off. I see a couple of other ladies mentioned the monitor also...it is wonderful. I'll continue to pray for you, Harper and your family, and I'm sure I'll stalk your blog for many months to come just to see what Miss Harper is up to. Take Care, God Bless

LKB said...

Kelly once you get that precious child home, the owner's manual will open in your heart and you will have a built in GPS (God Positioning System) to guide you. You'll do great and the wonderful thing is Harper will never know if you are doing it "wrong" for a while.
Peace and grace dear.

Meredith said...

I have been following your blog and praying for you! my little girl was born on January 7th of this year - so I thought it was so fun to read your stories w/ you being just a week behind me in the pregnancy!

I wanted to tell you about the AngelCare monitor as well (i saw somebody else mentioned it). It's so nice and helps us sleep so much better!!! I would take a look into it - I got it from Amazon.

Stephanie said...

Hooray for a private room!!! You just hold her in your arms all night..you have alot of time to make up for :)

Keeping you in my prayers!!!!

Lisa said...

Sorry to hear that she has had a rough day, but I am sure that once she gets use to not having those pain meds then she will improve more and more everyday. How exciting to have a private room. I am sure you are so excited that you are able to stay so close to her (in the same room). YAY!!

Continuing to keep you all in my prayers!

Hugs,
Lisa

Kappa Prep said...

A private room?! Ohh lala! That will really help with the transition! I am so thrilled you get to stay with her at night now, what a blessing. I am glad things continue to go well and I am still praying!

Kelli said...

You keep trusting God!

Starfish Smiles said...

Go Harper Go. I am so glad to see they moved her up to the children's hospital. I can imagine how scary it is for you. My son only spent 2 days in NICU for jaundice and I was terrified to take him home. For your peace of mind you might want to consider an Angelcare Monitor. It detects movements as well as sounds and will sound an alarm if she doesn't move. It is so sensitive it will detect breathing movements. It was a great relief for us to be able to lay our son down and shower knowing we would know if he was in trouble. Here are the monitors http://www.angelcare-monitor.com/ac-401/

Hope she continues to improve quickly and you are soon home in her beautiful room getting to know each other.

Rebecca Jo said...

Your fear is totally understandable.. but I'm sure the doctors will not send Harper home until they are assured she will be fine!

She is just beautiful - love seeing those big eyes! And glad you get to enjoy her all to yourselves now in the room...

I'm praying you are getting some rest - especially before you do take her home. Take advantage of the nurses & get some sleep!

Mandi said...

Harper's sweet face makes me so happy! I just wish I could pick her up and give her lots of hugs!

I remember all too well how heartwrenching it is to watch your baby go through withdrawals. Praying for Harper to make adjustments quickly. (:

The Anderson Zoo said...

You will be a great Mom. Remember, when God chose you to be Harper's Mommy, He fully equipped you to take care of her. When we are weak HE IS STRONG. How you take care of her will be a testimony of God & His love & faithulness.

Praying she comes home soon.

Lisa said...

Kelly & Scott

Harper is just beautiful. I am so glad that you got your own private room. Happy two weeks Harper. Hope you get to take her home soon. Thanks for your daily updates.

Kelli said...

She's getting better every day! Exciting news!!! Thanks for keeping us posted!

creative gal said...

YEAH!!!

Alison said...

What a beautiful two week old miss Harper is! We just eat up these posts...my four year old loves seeing the pictures of Harper! Thank you for so faithfully blogging! Continuing to praise and pray!

Kylie said...

I have great anxiety over my children's safety, especially at night. I pray daily for them these verses: Psalm 121:2-8
"My help comes from the LORD who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip. He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, HE WHO KEEPS ISRAEL WILL NEITHER SLUMBER NOR SLEEP. The LORD is your keeper. The LORD is your shade on your right hand. The sun will not smite you by day, not the moon by night. The LORD will protect your from all evil. He will keep your soul. The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever."
That is my prayer for your tonight as well. That you may rest peacefully and care for your daughter worry-free because our Lord does not slumber nor sleep and keeps watch over you and her day and night.
I'm so happy that she is doing so well and am rejoicing with you tonight!

Wifeof1Momof4 said...

Praising God for the transition and Harper's improvemenst! God is so good and He IS with ya'll every second of everyday. Just trust and know God WILL take care of you and the family.

It is hard to imagine two weeks have passed!! Before you know it you will be walking out of the hospital with Harper in your arms and across your threshold at home and into her beautiful room you put together.

Maddy said...

She's progressing so well! It melts my heart to read such good news and see that beautiful face! :) More prayers answered and more prayers sent!
Maddy

Angela said...

Wow...you guys have your own room! This will help you feel so much better before you take her home! I keep saying it, but GOD IS SO GOOD!

On a side note,I ordered my little princess a monogram Easter dress like the ones Harper has. Before she makes her entrance she will have as many clothes as Harper. Girl, I love your style!

julie & joe said...

I am so glad you get to stay with Harper at night now.
It is scary to bring a new baby home. The first new born we had in home weighed a little over 5 pounds at 3 weeks old, was born addicted to several drugs, so he was detoxing when we got him. I was so scared the first few days that I got up all the time to chack him. It does get better.

Sweet Carolina Bride said...

I'm so happy for you guys! Such a great blessing! We'll continue praying

Jamie said...

Harper is a tough little cookie...it might take her some time to heal, but with God's grace she will be styling in monogrammed dresses soon!

Kelley said...

....and isn't it just like God to give us EXACTLY what we need, EXACTLY when we need it. In placing you in that new room, He provides you with a piece of the transition that you will need and time to become more confident in yourselves as Harper's Mommy & Daddy. God is so good....all the time. All the time....God is so good.

Adrienne said...

My first daughter was in the NICU and I know exactly what you are going through with bringing Harper home. You hate all the monitors at first because they are scary but then you get used to them and they are almost comforting and you feel dependent on them. My husband and I swore we heard the beeping of all the monitors when we were in our nice quiet home. They even told us she may want noise when she sleeps at first so it was nice because she could sleep anywhere- you didn't have to tip toe around her- she was used to the business of the NICU and all the alarms going off! You'll get through it-it's scary at first but just give it to God! I'm so glad your baby is getting better!
Adrienne

http://wwwourunexpectedjourney.blogspot.com

Elyse Shirley said...

So happy to see your new room! Now you can have some good family time with each other.
Keep trusting in Jesus to care for you and Harper. My 6 month old had some trouble with breathing before we left the hospital and I was scared to death to take her home. My husban kept reminding that she was in the Lord's hands. On the practicle side of things we knew that the doctors would not let her go home with us unless she was well. Think on things that are true and try not to imagine all the things that can happen.
Praying for Harper as she comes off of those meds. Hope y'all have a good night.
Much love,
Elyse

Betsy said...

Your story is so much like mine, Kelly. When I brought L & L home from the NICU (and then the pediatric unit) they had to be on breathing monitors for 6 months!! It was so scary. But you will make it through. God will give you just what you need.

Lindy got pneumonia when she was 4 months old and I had to stay in her room with her at the hospital day and night for a week. She was in a big breathing tent. I was so scared that something would happen in there since I was alone with her alot of the time, but nothing did. We both survived. It was tiring though because there wasn't a bed...just chairs to sleep in!

I'm glad you can stay in the room with her now. I hope you can get some sleep in there!

Hannah said...

Hi-I am came across your blog just after Harper was born and then I had not checked it until today. I am so happy that things are working out so well for you and your sweet baby. I started reading about you and your story while my twins were in the NICU also. I was able to bring them home a week ago. I to had a major breakdown about being scared that something would happen to them and that they would not be on the monitors that I so dearly watched. The nurses made me quit watching them as the time approached for us to be discharged. It was hard to do, but when the alarm went off I just kept looking at my babies. Being home was a major adjustment but the goodness of God and the peace of God will surround you so that you will be fine.
I pray Harper will continue to grow and be a blessing to you and your husband.
Hannah in Florida

Taylor said...

That's so wonderful that she has her own room now!! She's just so absolutely beautiful and I'm so excited you guys will get to take her home soon!

Sonya said...

She just gets more adorable every day! I love the picture of the grandparents looking in the window:)

Rose said...

Girl you need an angel care monitor.

Love that pink crib! YAy for Harpers own room!

The B's said...

I LOVE the "family picture" in the previous post...SO SWEET!

Yay for Baby Harper!!! She is progressing - we are so happy for y'all.

You continue to be in our prayers as she continues to get stronger and you all transition!

Much Love,
The Branum's

I'm The Momma, That's Why! said...

Please don't be too concerned about when you take Harper home. You know that HE will be with you.

And you also know that among your zillions of friends, you will have all the help and support you need.

Your first is always a little frightening - but honestly, you will find that it's just like your fuzzy faced child. They still love you unconditionally even if you're not perfect!

Remember - God isn't through with us yet - we have LOTS to learn!

Love the pictures - ya'll are a beautiful family!

Grannie in Florida

Mama SeWELL said...

So glad that God has been making positive changes for your family and mostly Miss Harper. She is the cutest, chunkiest, sweetest baby girl ever! I have shared her story with family & friends and we've all been saying prayers for your family. A mothers intuition is always right, just believe in yourself and you will be fine. It will be the best day once shes well and at home with mommy & daddy
Happy 2 weeks Harper!

Ashley said...

Happy Birthday little girlie! We've been praying for you! Can't wait for you to get home in your beautiful room with Mommy and Daddy!

Melissa said...

How exciting that your beautiful little girl gets to move to a private room! :D

Al's World said...

Yeah she is moving up! I am so glad to hear that! From what Jenna said Brayden had withdrawl too, so that is normal. (i am talking like I know you too personally!) I am glad that you are enjoying our new digs here in Tulsa, I have watched them being built since the beginning. Hope everything continues to go well, keep your eyes on Jesus and He will never let you down!

Lauren Kelly said...

I rejoice with you in each new milestone!!! God is soooo good :) :)

becca said...

I was nervous about taking Abigail home from the hospital... especially when my mom left. I didn't really know if I could do it til I was all alone. So I'd say it is pretty normal for you to be nervous! But of course God gave you the ability to be an awesome mom. Trust your instincts. God gave those before there was a single book written :)

Andrea @ Mommy Snacks.net said...

Praise!!!

You will do totally fine taking care of her too! I imagine the transition will be stressful for you, but you know God entrusted you with that cute little girl and He will provide wisdom and direction in her care too!

You can also just hold her non-stop when you get home too so you always know she's OK! It's quite alright to do :-)

Kendra said...

She looks BEAUTIFUL!! I love your thought process here Kelly, you are totally right, it's the same trust and faith that brought Harper into your life and the same trust and faith that is healing her right now. JESUS.
Don't ever forget the rainbow He sent you last Mother's day.

KK said...

All of you look great and I am so thankful you have more space now! So many answered prayers for your little 2 week old beautiful daughter!
Blessings always,
Kaye
Matthew 21:22

Anonymous said...

Is. 26:3...says "He will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee". I am praying for His joy and sweet peace to cover your minds. He has been so faithful and He cannot be anything else. Rest in His promises. He will continue to give you exactly what you need, when you need it! We are rejoicing with you guys!
Love,
Suzanne Rushing

Brittani's Holding Little Hands said...

So thankful she has her own room and that you can stay with her constantly now. Praying for a seamless transition home and for God to grant you His immovable peace.

I want to jusmp through the screen and kiss her sweet cheeks! She is a complete doll!!

Tessa said...

yeah for harper, she is so alert and awake, so exciting. try to get some sleep, hopefully she will let you get some. i am so happy for you!

Lindsey Stelly said...

Ya'll are definitely in the Suite of all Suites in your new room! Praise God for moving on up in the Hospital! Seems like you're in the home stretch!
We're praying for you over here in Baton Rouge! My 3 Year Old Son has said some prayers, too! Oh, the Faith of a Child....
Also just realized Harper has a Nonny! My Mom is a Nonny to all of her Grandchildren, too!! Isn't it so cute!?!?
Keep on keepin' on! God is good!
You're going to be great once you get home...It all works out. We are meant to be Mommies, Kelly!

Rhonda said...

Hey Kelly! SO glad to hear Harper is doing so wonderful! What a lil' fighter! She is beautiful! I truly do understand your fear about taking her home. When my baby Luke came home after 6 1/2 weeks in the NICU I was TERRIFIED!! I was so scared that I probably didn't put him down at all those first couple of days (only to take a shower...). I mean, I even went to the potty while holding him (this is, no doubt, a skill you will quickly learn...)!! The only advice I can give you is to pray, pray, pray. That's all I did. Over and over. And I still do! Even at 4 months old, I still ask God to make sure that Luke remembers to breathe every night and I pray that I wake up to hear his cries. I tell God, "God, I don't care what time of the morning or how many times he wakes me up, just let Luke be healthy and breathe when he is supposed to!". In the hospital I actually witnessed him turn color because he was having heart rate drops with spells of no breathing. It's scary, I won't lie. But the nurses told me, and it's true, our little ones are so very resilient and we just had to have faith that God hears our prayers. You and your husband have already given her life to God to do what he will with it. This faith will get you through and you will eventually have that fear subside. Well, at least a little! :)
As moms we all have a healthy dose of worries about our babies, but I just had to remember that God loves Luke even more than I do and that it is a blessing that he is even "on loan" to me! Enjoy every minute of Harper...I know you will! Pray daily and nightly for God's blessing and protection over her! I am so happy that she is doing so great! She is starting to look more like you every day!!!

Whitney Vanderbilt said...

Yea! I am so happy Harper is "movin on up"! It will be great having your own room to be in during the day. I know I have said it before and will say it again, but SHE IS SO ADORABLE! She always looks so alert in her pictures. I am sorry she is having withdrawls from the pain meds. You all are in my prayers!

suzannah said...

praise God for progress, no meds, establishing nursing, and new, comfier digs. yay!

Dawayne and Courtney said...

I've prayed more than I thought was possible. Ever since I was told about your blog from another friends blog. My husband and I will continue to pray more and more. I wanted to comment about your post a while back about naming a baby Harper. That has been my favorite name for the past few years and soon we will try for our first baby. I thought I would leave a comment so I can get ahold of you in the next little bit to maybe buy some stuff from you. I am pretty sure we have the same taste. My email is Cortne125@yahoo.com, whenever its needed. Continuing to pray for your gorgeous Harper! God is good!

Rebecca said...

Yay for a great day! Enjoy the private room and getting to take more personal care of Harper.
Praying for you all!

Jill said...

i cannot stop Praising the Lord for the awesome blessings He is pouring down on your sweet family!!! He is sooooooooo AWESOME!
sending sweet Harper a little something in the mail tomorrow :)

just can't stop thinking of all of you and Praising God!!!

love ya,
jill

Rach said...

Woo hoo! She got to move to a private room. That is good news. I am so glad to hear that you will get to stay with her at night now AND you guys get to be in there all day. I am still praying for your sweet baby girl and her big bows. :)

Fran said...

Praying praying praying!!!

Kari said...

Oh! A private room! That is awesome news! And, I am so happy for you that you get to stay with Harper at night, now! We are still praying for you, hun! I wish we could come and visit with you and see that sweet baby in person! Love and Prayers,
Kari
NC

AJU5's Mom said...

I have been reading your blog for about a week. I totally understand the fear of bringing them home. My daughter spent a week in the NICU because I developed an infection during delivery and she needed oxygen. She was weaned off the oxygen twice, but ended up having to come home with it. I was so scared! Luckily, we have a great friend who talked me through some of the issues we might see (she has a daughter with Tetrology of Fallot). Another big help for me was home health care. I would not be surprised if you get this "special" treatment - having a nurse come to your home every week (or more often) to reassure you that everything is fine was a big help. And most importantly, God will not give you more than you can handle. It might be challenging, but He is there with you through all of this!

ReadyAim said...

Harper is so adorable. Hopefully she'll get over her withdrawals soon and be more content. In the meantime, there's nothing like momma to comfort her.

I think when Harper is ready to come home, you will be just fine. You've done great so far, there's no reason to think you won't continue in that direction. You are so in touch with her and her sweet little needs.

Jenna said...

I know ya'll are going to so enjoy that big ole room and loving on your sweet girl 24/7! She is too precious for words. Praying for all of ya'll - love you dearly!

Heather said...

Keep on holding tight to that faith and trust that He is going to protect Harper. I can imagine the emotions you are going through as a mother and know that you have so many people praying for you. Praying the Lord continues to heal Harper and quickly. So happy to hear that you will be with her at nights now. She is beautiful. God is good and his grace is sufficent. And I LOVE the song that you were singing to Harper, one of my favs.

My name is Megan... said...

congrats on the new room!! That is a blessing. You will do great when you guys take her home. God has a plan! LOVE the pic of the 3 of you below :) This weather has set me back this week but I'm still coming for a visit soon! xoxo

Tammy said...

Kelly,
Harper looks so happy in the first picture. She is beautiful and her color is so good. Hold strong to your faith....our God will be with you always. It is so great that y'all got to move to the private room and get to be with Harper all day and night. My prayers will continue to be for all of you.
Love, Tammy in Alabama

Karie said...

Harper is so beautiful. We are all so proud of her!!! Can't wait to see pics of her at home with you.

Katie said...

It is scary to take home a baby who has been sick and to not have the reassurance of all the monitors. (We've had one in the hospital a few times.) But trust your Mommy instincts (they are God-given, after all) and advocate for Harper's health. It's been a great joy to follow Harper's story. I hope you are all home soon.

Jennifer said...

Hurray for sleepovers!!! :o) The first of so many....
-Jennifer in OR

Jennifer said...

Glad Harper (and the rest of you) were able to 'move on up' to a private room. I'm sure that will help all of you so much! I'll be praying specifically that Harper will not have so many side effects from withdrawing from the pain meds and that she will continue to improve every day.

Jennifer
Greenville, SC

Joyce said...

What a great way to celebrate being 2 weeks old, your own room!! It is very exciting that you will get to stay with her at night now, but also know that you have support readily available until you all get things figured out. Just one step closer to getting her home! Will continue praying for you all.

Tina said...

I am so excited for you. I can remember when I was told that our boys would be coming home. It was such a praise and then panic. I thought the same thing about not having the monitors there to help us. But on the drive home it was like God spoke right to me and said I'm their monitor. It was so powerful and I believed him. We brought them home and it was great. You'll be okay, becasue you know who to trust.
Blessings
Tina
Indiana

Cathy said...

Such progress...I am so happy for you! And after all you, your husband and Harper have been through, what a blessing to have that transition time. Have an uneventful night with your daughter and stay true...this is one beautiful story!

Jenn said...

I sit here weeping over this wonderful news and am so thankful for the LOVE of GOD!!!

Tami from SD said...

Congrats on the new room! It WILL be a great transition to being on your own with Harper. And don't worry--everyone freaks out and worries about caring for their newborn, and it must be so much harder after she was so very sick. But don't worry. Everything will be fine, and you do need to just trust in God, He's brought you so far already! Best wishes to all of you.

Always a Southern Girl said...

She is sooo beautiful!!! Still praying for you all.

Good Gals Inc said...

That is so wonderful!!! She is a fighter!!!! And don't you worry when the doctors say you can take her home, she will be so strong and ready to be at home with her wonderful parents!

Amy said...

Okay Kelly, I wrote you last week to tell you that my little boy was in the NICU (but only for 11 days).Anyway, I know exactly how you are feeling about leaving the hospital. It is completely normal. We went to the hospital one morning thinking that we were going to get to go home only to find out that he had started turning blue and dusty, scared me to death. I begged them to keep the monitors on him and I even wanted them to send them home with me. But it is just as you said, the Lord will watch over while you sleep. He is in control whether you are in the hospital or at home. Trust your doctors, that aren't going to send her home before she is ready. I am praying for sweet little Harper, she is absolutely beautiful.

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

I am so thrilled that Harper gets to move with you to the bigger room. I'm sure you will have many wonderful stories to share about your bonding time with Harper. I never had a critically ill newborn, but don't worry, even those of us with healthy babies were still nervous about taking our precious babies home from the hospital. You will NEVER quit worrying about your sweet Harper. My girls are 20 and 25 and I still worry about them every day. I trust that God will hold them in the palm of his hands and will take care of them. God will do the same for Harper. You guys can have your own Super Bowl party in that big room on Sunday. Love & blessings in NC!

valued embellishments said...

This is my first visit to your blog and I think i've spent the last two hours catching up on things that happend pre-baby. I can say i'm in the same boat as you were. I keep praying for a baby day by day but nothing happens. I know god will bless me and my husband when the time is right. Your blog gave me faith! I will definitely be praying for you. Your baby girl is the gorgeous! Isnt God good?

Mona said...

It's such a blessing Harper is doing so well. Don't worry about keeping up with the comments. Worry about taking care of that sweet, precious baby girl! Your blog friends will be waiting for you. :)

Lynn said...

Thrilled that things are going so well and woohoo! A private room!
Praying right now!
Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Prayer Bears
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Carol Kennon said...

So excited to hear the news of todays progress. We've had a late night with church activities, but when I came home I had to check on Miss Harper...my three yr old came in and said, Awww, that's Harper mommy. She's smiling and not sick anymore." Guess I've been addicted to your updates more than I realized. :) Still praying for all you guys.

matt&melissa said...

I have been praying for your precious "chunky monkey" since I read about her on Darbys blog. I am a labor and delivery nurse in Russellville and just had to say hello to fellow Hog fans. Harper is beautiful and you are in for such a treat with a baby girl! May God richly bless your family as He has the last 2 weeks.
Melissa
ps LOVE the bows and headbands!!

Every Day is Precious said...

I can relate to the comfort monitoring gives parents. Our youngest daughter has been on a heart and respiration monitor for 10 months due to several heart conditions and a seizure disorder. We also have a motion/breathing monitor (Babysense V) purchased from Babies R Us on-line that has worked very well for us.

Anonymous said...

It brought tears to my eyes when I read you get to stay with Harper at night. I am sure it has been beyong difficult leaving her. Reading your blog has restored my faith in the fact that God answers prayer. Thank you for sharing your story and Harper with us.

China Lowry
Rio Rancho. NM

kprincesskate said...

I love to see Harper's progress. Praying for her to to ease of the pain medications and to come home soon.

A happy heart at home said...

Praising the Lord that she's doing better!

~Susan

Amber said...

Wow! I can hardly believe it has been two weeks since Harper was born! Though it might feel even longer to you! ;)
What a blessing to have some "private" space now, especially now that you might be staying for longer than you thought! Enjoy your first night with Harper and I hope you still get some rest.

PJ said...

I know your friends and family mean well with all the visits but the one thing you DO NOT WANT is for Harper to catch a cold or even worse, RSV. Especially in the winter, and especially any friends with young children, this is really something you need to think hard about. My daughter is a pediatrician working in a Childrens' Hospital and nightly I hear the stories about the sick babies with RSV, which may just seem like an ordinary cld in an older baby or adult. Your friends would be much more "real" friends if they communicated with you by email and telephone and did not come to the hospital to share their germs with you. I am surprised the doctors and nurses have not cautioned you about this yet.

PJ

KristiJ said...

Yay! The new room looks great, and I love seeing Miss Harper looking so much better! It will be wonderful for you all to be together in that big room, night and day. You are a beautiful family, and my prayers continue to be with you!

Michelle said...

Kelly I am so glad that you all are in your own room. I will continue to pray for Harper and all of you. I am new to your blog have been following since the night Harper was born but having read back over so many of your posts I know one thing - God has given you this beautiful baby purposefully to YOU and you will be a womderful caregiver and mother to that precious little girl, so you just don't even worry one second about taking her home. God equips us for what He gives us and you and Scott are going to be great parents because you know who the ultimate parent is. Have a blessed day today and keep posting pics of those hair bows! LOVE 'EM

Marsel said...

Our first baby was a NICU baby too, with oxygen and feeding tube and all that fun...I totally understand your concern about not having the monitors to stare at constantly when you leave! But the sweet joy of getting her home will help to temper the fear, and you'll get used to the new normal quickly.

It took about three weeks once we got home for my son to transition to nursing well enough to stop the bottles -- those first few weeks at home, we spent most of our time feeding a bottle, then practicing nursing, then washing out bottles, and then a little nap before we started all over again -- but suddenly it was like someone flipped a switch and he could do it. Hang in there and give it time -- it is SO worth it!

Jill_in_AL said...

Everything is so exciting to read! Two weeks have flown by. I remember being anxious with my babies and checking on them too much (compulsively) but truly claiming scripture will get you over that hump!

You all have been grace under pressure and I know God is smiling at the witness and testimony your sweet family has given for Him.

Saturday blessings, Jill

Colleen said...

A new miracle every single day! Kelly, I know it will be a little scary when you bring Harper home after all she has gone through. Just know that the doctors will not release her until they are certain it is time. Once that day comes, just continue to trust in God to watch over her, and you & Scott.

Colleen,
Louisiana

Becky K. said...

Our first son had a similar emergency...although his involved emergency surgery, I totally relate to the uncertainties.

Just know that God has made you a "Mommy" and you have those instints in you, given by Him, that will make you the very best person on the planet to care for Harper!

Many blessings on your family!

Jenn said...

Everything I was going to say you have already worked through and said in your own post ;-)

Hugs & Prayers,
Jenn

Sara said...

Happy two week birthday, Harper! You look beautiful, Harper. I know getting off those pain meds is hard, but you will get through it. Your mommy and daddy and right there and they will keep you safe!

So glad you have a private room now!

petrii said...

Kelly,
God has laid on my heart the last couple of days the very thing that you express in this blog about being scared to take her home!! He is so good to put your fears on the hearts of others even before we know them.

I am praying for you all. She is just a doll!!!

Love you friend,
Dawn

Anonymous said...

I am a new reader of your blog, having linked up via J-Mom in GA. My prayers and best wishes for you, Scott and Harper. She is a gift from God and just beautiful! Being from AR orginially, the connection was instant. Love your site!

Bailey's Leaf said...

My daughter has been following Harper's story along with me, came in while the page pulled up and said, "THAT'S BABY HARPER!" Even Harper has stolen the heart of a 5 year old in Ohio.

So glad that she is doing so well. I can understand your being scared to death to bring her home. I'm certain that they won't send her home until she is well enough to be there, but still it wouldn't hurt to ask if there are services/visiting nurses or some type of help that could perhaps monitor for her for you for the first week or so to help you not feel so frightened.

Beautiful baby. Just beautiful. What a testimony she has to share when she gets older!

Amy S said...

SO GREAT to hear the news!!

I was scared like that to with having a new born at home (I think everyone is) you just have to TRUST that God is in total control.... I know you do - and you will be fine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ENJOY that little sweetie
from Indiana

Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace said...

Praying for the daily sufficient grace you need...oh, she is so beautiful.

Melissa Austin said...

My niece was in the NICU for 101 days. We learned to trust God for what was needed for each day. We too were nervous about taking her home without the monitors and the medical staff a call away. God gave us peace and we had a very smooth transition home. God is now preparing you to take sweet Harper home and to care for her with confidence!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad your precious girl is on here way towards going home! My son's situation sounds so similar to Harper's. Taking him home was so scary, you have faith that God is in control, but the amount of machines they were hooked to and all the numbers just scared me. I didn't want to be in charge by myself because of the "what if"s. Someone purchased a movement monitor for us which was a God send! It is a plastic board that goes under the mattress and if there is no movement for 15 seconds an alarm goes off. My husband and I were able to sleep so much better knowing our baby was okay. We still use it and he is 10 months old. I will give you the link to babies r us. It is over $100, but let me tell you it is so worth it! Hang in there you are in the homestretch and you will be more than able to care for your girl. The best thing for her is loving parents who will be attentive to her needs and it seems she already has that! Good luck!
http://www.toysrus.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=3243632

Kristin said...

I'm so happy for your family and for Harper. It's okay to be a little nervous about taking her home....all moms are that way. You can have the peace in knowing that literally thousands of people will be praying for y'all once you get home every day. You are going to be the best Mommy ever! I can't wait to see more pictures. I have never felt so much love for someone that I don't even know, but I'm rooting for you and Scott and Harper! Your little family is so special and I know that everything is going to be just fine!

Mom2Valerie said...

Kelly - what a blessing to have her own room and be out of the NICU already! I can understand your fear though - our daughter is six months old and it took me until about a month ago to not check on her every five minutes while she was sleeping to make sure she was still breathing. In fact, she slept in our bed for probably the first month or more, because I couldn't handle having her even the few feet away from me in her cradle. Then, the first night I put her in her crib in her bedroom...wow, I did not sleep very well at all! It was so hard to be away from all the monitors that told us she was doing fine and to be completely on our own...but actually we weren't alone. Like you said, you need to put your trust in God at this time, because HE is the one who will carry you through, heal your little one completely, and give you the strength for each new day. As long as you keep Him at the center of your home, I am sure you will be a wonderful mom! God bless your sweet family - you are continually in my prayers!

Flo said...

I will pray for you guys continually. I know what you mean, the scariest part is doing it on your own and going through all of the "is she breathing?" moments....not to mention the what all she's been through. God will provide the wisdom you need, that's all I can say. I always knew when something was wrong. Always. Motherhood instincts....aka. Godly wisdom!

Tammy518 said...

It's so wonderful how she's progressing. Happy Birthday, Harper! What a sweet little peanut she is!

Anonymous said...

Yeah on the private room! That will be so nice and more like home. When you know it is getting close to the time you go home have your parents start taking stuff home.....After three weeks in the hospital we had three to four wagons full of stuff to take home!
Blessings,
Jennifer Johnson
Fowler, IN

Amy E. said...

Awww, I love "Tis So Sweet To Trust in Jesus". I have to sing it to myself often.....and is true, isn't it? It is sooo sweet to trust in Him and know that He is always working for our good.
So glad you have a private room now...maybe you'll be able to get a little more rest.
continuing to pray......

Leslie said...

Singing praises for you!!!! I pray that you will have a fun day with Harper today! I know you will enjoy staying with her more.

Leslie

Allison said...

What a miracle she is! I love seeing her beautiful face and her wide eyes just taking the world in. God is soooo GOOD!!! Have a great weekend!

Love, The Mullins Family

Stacie said...

Yeah Harper! Way to go! Kelly she is adorable!! Still praying and following in TN!

Stacie

Anonymous said...

She is soo pretty-she looks like you! Keep trusting God. She is His and He knows what she needs. He will give you everything you need to be her mom:)Julie in Iowa

Emily said...

That is so amazing! I'm sure it will be great to be with Harper day and night now. Continuing to pray for you guys!

Jana said...

How great to have your own room! I have been praying for your family daily. My husband is even asking for updates on "the baby!" I'm glad to see that she is doing well. I will pray that her stay will be shorter than expected. You will do fine when you get home. Your mommy instincts will kick in. I have three kids and they kicked in every time~ even when things seemed overwhelming.

The Tubb Family said...

Kelly & Scott,

Moving to the Ped's wing and out of NICU is HUGE! God has placed his healing hand on Harper and we are praying that she continues to get better! I hope that her withdrawals stop soon! Please know that you have Christians in McMinnville, TN praying for you!

Only Through Him,
Joy Tubb and Family

Andrea said...

It is scary to go from the ICU to a regular room, but you will quickly love it!!! IT is so much more peaceful & relaxing...if that is possible ina hospital! HA!! Anyway, good luck with the withdrawls for poor Harper. Still praying!

Our happy zoo! said...

I continue to lift your family in prayer, Kelly- what a huge PRAISE to God in Harper's progress. She is a little miracle and it's no doubt Who gets the GLORY!! Such a beautiful baby going to a beautiful home and family. God is so good, all the time.

Ethan and Addison said...

I have been following your story for over a week now and have to say I ADMIRE you both so much for your faith and courage. My husband and I have a daughter that will be 11 weeks old on Monday and a son that is 28 months. Being scared to take her home is completely normal but I have to say that you and your husband are going to surprise yourselves with how great your parenting instincts are to care for her and protect her.

Donna said...

SO glad that Harper is doing well and can you have gone to a room that will be your first step in the road to going home! Yeah!!
Remember that God has brought you this far and he will equip you for when you take Harper home...He is so faithful and he will have your 'mommy radar' on full - give you that gentle knudge if you need to be aware of something for Harper...of course my prayer is that you will have the confidence that she is totally well when you take her home :)
Blessings!

ak said...

This baby moniter SAVED ME when my boy was little...it sounds an alarm if the baby is not breathing or moving...mostly gave me assurance that the baby was OK!
http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2343185

Movement and Sound Angel Care Monitor...you will sleep better with Harper on this!

Flamingos & Flip Flops said...

I love good news... keeping you all in my prayers!

Stephanie said...

So happy your beautiful little gal is doing so well!! You know, she goes home on a bit of oxygen you can ask for a pulse oximeter. I have one for Ralphie and it is such a nice reassurance to know what his oxygen levels are and also his heartrate. Hope you can go home very soon and don't worry - you are going to take excellent care of her!

Agape,
Stephanie
www.ralphcrew.blogspot.com

Macy and Lucy said...

I am so happy for ya'll! God is so good. She is just getting more precious every day!!

Love,
Shannon

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