9/26/08 - WHAT A DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!









We are on cloud nine right now! Aimee and I both are in just disbelief and just plain going crazy with excitement because of how our day went today. Hold on tight because what you are about to hear is going to blow your socks off!

When the day started (Early AM), Kayleigh was removed from her Nitric Oxide because they finally weaned her down over night. Over the next couple hours, she continued to do really well and the doctors decided to take her off the vent. Woo hoo! We were so happy to call up there to find out she was doing so well. We couldn't wait to get up there and hold her and spend some time with her. We just knew that things were starting to look up and we were right.

When we got up there, they had already dropped her flow from 6 liters, to 5, to 4, and then to 3 so they could give her a bottle!!! YES A BOTTLE!!!! We got there at the right time because we were able to feed her 6mls of BREAST MILK ONLY!!!!!!!! Just like we have wanted to do for a while now. Kayleigh did an awesome job feeding and took the whole amount with no desats, bradys or aspirates.

But wait...There is even more!!!! Kayleigh POOPED!!!! She had the biggest poop while feeding that I have ever thought possible. WOOOO HOOOOOO!!!!! She had tons of thick (very thick) solid poop and even the contrast from the Upper GI test was visible. Before we started her feedings, she was irritated by the slightest touch, but after her explosion, she was so calm and relaxed like everything was back to normal. All this stress and the girl just needed to poop. I mean, I don't want to be too descriptive, but I would have had a heart attack if I tried crapping out something that big with just a teeny little butthole like hers.

We just called up there to find out she has tolerated two more feedings from the bottle. The feeding right after ours, the nurse used a fast flow nipple on the bottle and it worked so much better than the slow flow we used. I guess the night nurse didn't know the fast flow worked better because she didn't take all of this the third time and had to finish giving it to her through her tube.

We also got some other great news tonight. Kayleigh is 2 GRAMS SHY of the 3 pound mark. Can you believe it???? She has nearly tripled in size since she was born. She weighed in at 1359 grams (2 pounds 15.9 oz). And last but not least, through all the drama this week, I failed to mention that Kayleigh is 3 months old as of the 23rd.

Oh what an unbelievable day it was. I am so amazed by the grace of God and I thank you all for your prayers. God was certainly listening and answered so many prayers because today was a turn of events in so many different areas. Please continue to pray that she will keep moving forward and that this possible pulmonary hypertension won't surface again. We are just blown away with excitement as today felt like one of the happiest days of our lives. Thank you everyone for your support. It truly is an amazing feeling to have people who care so much. We are so blessed.

Off the topic, Aimee and I both have been dieting and doing really well. Aimee has lost almost 5 pounds and I have lost 7 pounds. Aimee has updated her blog, so click here to check it out.

God Bless,

The Freemans :)

36 comments:

Anthony's Mommy said...

WAY TO POOP KAYLEIGH!!!!!!!!!!! You should of framed it LMAO j/k.

She's looking so much bigger lately. And now she's really going to chunk up on that breast milk!

I'm so happy for you guys!

Kim

Sarah J. said...

PRAISE GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What else is there to say! Kayleigh your strength amazes me. Keep it up little girl!

Daniel, Anna, Emma, Kylie, Duncan, and Kellan said...

Praise God! I’ve been reading about Kayleigh for over a month now and have been praying for her every night. What a wonderful day!
She’s absolutely beautiful and I can’t wait to see what God has planned for her :)

Christy said...

Look at that little chunk!! Way to go Kayleigh!! She is going to be home with you guys before you know it!!!!! YAY!!! (on the side-- never knew how excited you could get about poop, huh? i remember going in and checking the chart to see the size, color, etc of all their poops, lol)

ERICA said...

WOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!(thats me yelling) YAY!! Go Kayleigh! Go Kayleigh!! YAY!! Kayleigh, Your daddy's poo dance and poo song worked!!! ;)
You all just don't know how happy I am!! Well maybe you do! LOL! My husband came into the computer room and asked why I was so happy! LOL!!
God Bless you sweet Kayleigh! Like I said I can't wait to see the heading to your posts "Shes going home!" Nothing can hold you back Kayleigh with your strength, the love of God and your parents!! God Bless you Aimee and Adam!!
Breast milk is the best!!

Erica
Mommy to 2 boys
1 who was a 31 weeker

alex276 said...

Congrats guys on the most beautiful baby. I look for you posts everyday and I was exstatic when I saw this post. She is such a strong little fighter. Never doubt the strenth of prayer, He is watching over you guys.

Nikki Conway said...

I so needed this wonderful update. This may sound crazy but today after I got my kids down for their nap I just sat down and looked at Kayleigh's pictures and had me a good cry. I have just been so stressed out for you guys. I got on to check for the update and I saw the first picture and just got so excited because I just knew she was having a better day. What a stong amazing little girl you have. I can't wait for tomorrow to find out how great she is doing. I'm so proud of you Kayleigh. With Love, Nikki.

Erika said...

Yaaaayyyyyy Go kayleigh!!! You are so amazing and beautiful. So happy she is feeling better and moving closer and closer to the exit door of the hospital. Congrats on the weight lose guys :0)Ill be praying that things keep looking up for her.

The Duncan Clan said...

Holy Crap! And, I mean that literally! What great news. Every night that I check this blog, I always hold my breath waiting to see what the title of your post is for the day and what a relief to see this one! It has made my night! Thank God she is doing so well - what a little miracle! Keep eating and pooping, Miss Kayleigh!

Chase said...

She looks absolutely beautiful, and thank God for such a WONDERFUL day!

Lorna said...

Yay, Kayleigh. God really is wonderful, the world really is a beautiful place. Having a good eater, will make a world of difference. Grow, Kayleigh, grow. The future looks great :) Have a great weekend.

bexx said...

What a wonderful day for you! I am so happy that things are "moving" right along and Kayleigh is eating so well! Prayers from South Dakota.

zzzzzbaby from bbc said...

Wahoo!!! That's so wonderful! I'm glad things are looking up. I'll continue to pray that things improve for you guys.

Kayleigh looks wonderful. I'm really excited to hear about how the breastmilk only feeds go and if her system reacts better to that. Yay for pooping, too!

Danielle said...

Praise the Lord!!!!

Anonymous said...

Yeah Kayeigh!!
I know this really doesn't have anthing to do with Kayleigh but try to look up Paul Mckenna, he is this guy that has helpped thousands of people loose weight with out dieting with change how you eat and also dont for get Amiee that the more milk you produce for Kayleigh the more your weight is i know it's not that much more but it is definitley more than what it would be if you weren't producing milk for her. But any way he, Paul Mckenna does seminars call I can make you thin and some of the stories are insane the amounts of weight they have lost and not being on a diet , eating what you want just be conciense of how much you eat and many of them are not even exersicing. Let me know if you get a chance to check it out. Keep up the good work Kayleigh. We love you all!
Ortiz family

mamaw in az said...

Prayer is amazing, and so is Kaleigh! What a strong little fighter you and God have created. I check your blog every night and like so many other families, pray for her. I am so happy for you and for Kaleigh. She will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers until you celebrate her going home with you.

Cherilynn from British Columbia said...

God is so good! I am so glad that she's finally pooped! I was smiling from ear to ear the moment I saw the photos! I'm so glad things have turned around! Praise God!

Adam and Aimee Freeman said...

I have heard of Paul Mckenna and I think his outlook on weight loss is great, but portion control is not a factor for Aimee. We have been on a diet before that worked wonders, where we would choose our own foods as long as we stayed under a certain amount of calories. I guess it would be just like Paul's program. The problem was, Aimee ate just as good after Kayleigh came but the weight packed on anyways. So looking at eating clean with healthy food portions was the only way to go (Nutrisystem). The diet has been amazing and Aimee has not lost any of her milk production. I know that milk weighs a certain amount and we took account for that, but it doesn't weigh 20 lbs which is what she has gained. My best guess is that her body has gone through so many changes in the past several months throwing off her metabolism. There is no other explanation because it is not the food she was eating that was the problem. She did it before and had decent weight loss. As I said before, now we are eating the same amount of calories, but cleaner and healthier food through Nutrisystem.

The funny thing is, most people think eating less is a healthy way to lose weight. While that is true to some extent depending on how overweight they are. But, when they lose some of the unwanted weight, they are going to plateu and have to turn to something even more healthy. But, by then people would have to give up all the great foods they have become addicted to and they end up getting frustrated and quitting the diet, therefore gaining all their weight back.

Sorry to preach about dieting, but the word "dieting" should not even be a word. Think of eating anything but healthy foods as a sin. It is like a drug as it unbelievable good and makes you feel awesome for a minute, but then after eating it you feel like crap. It tears up your body from the inside out and it will kill you in time. Aimee said it great in her blog tonight, once you eat clean for a while, unhealthy food starts to taste like crap.

Plus more than anything, Aimee and I want to live longer to see Kayleigh grow old and that is the most important part of it all.

God Bless,

Adam Freeman :)

Anonymous said...

AMEN! Leslie Johnson

Trish said...

I'm so glad everything seems to be falling into place for Kayleigh and you all. Praise God! It's kind of ironic that while Kayleigh is trying to gain weight, you guys are trying to lose it! Too bad you can't just transfer it over to her, huh?! That would be sweet...haha.

Kelly said...

ALRIGHT KAYLEIGH! so i check the blog every morning, and it takes a minute for everything to load, but always the firt thing to pop up is the title..and todays made me grin ear to ear and make my heart beat fast!

GROW KAYLEIGH GROW! Keep on pooping baby girl! Keep on going!
Thank God for the strength during the downs and Praise God for all of the ups. And this is truly an UP!

Adam and Aimee, congrats on your weight loss. I'm glad that you are taking sometime for yourselves admist everything that is happening.

Hope to see more and more good blogs!

Your super super excited Kentucky prayer warrior
Kelly

Anonymous said...

That is the best news!!!! I had the chills when I was reading your post : ) God is watching over and protecting that little girl. FYI... My Dr. told me not to diet while breastfeeding. Kayleigh, I hope each day gets better and better. Kayleigh gaining weight even after the big poopie is also great news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

shannnah said...

Woo hoo! what a excellent day! Keep it up Kayleigh!

Betsy said...

I have been a lurker on your blog but found it on BBC. I just had to write today when I read about yesterday and tell you how happy I am for you all! Simply amazing!! My little guy Jack and I pray for Kayleigh every night as Jack goes to bed and we will continue to pray that Kayleigh continues to poop, gains weight and is healthy and HOME SOON! Keep up the great work Kayleigh girl!!

Anonymous said...

I'm so so happy with all the great news!!!!I can't explain how I felt when I read the blog this morning.God bless you Kayleigh!!!I knew that you could do it:)
Carolina.

Carly Nicole Elliotte My Micro Preemie said...

Praise God!!! You don't even know how happy reading this made me! I'm so excited right now! And YAY for poopy Kayleigh!!! And Happy 3 months! You guys .....she's going to be in the NPCN before you even know it!! And was that hair I seen on her sweet lil head?!?! I love the pics keep em comming.

In Christ,
Rachel

Anonymous said...

Hi Aimee and Adam. My name is Carol Ann and I am a mother of two girls from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I found your story through parents.com and was taken in by your amazing, beautiful little Kayleigh. One of my daughters is just nine months older than Kayleigh. What a fighter your precious baby is. She's going to make her mark on this world in big ways. She's already started at just three months. My family is praying for continuous good news like the news of today but we'd like to do something more. Would it be ok if we purchased a gift for Kayleigh off your Babies R Us registry, or would you rather that we wait until Kayleigh goes home? Thanks for sharing your beautiful story. Ya'll seem like a wonderful family. Hang in there. With every beat of her tiny heart Kayleigh Freeman is reaching hearts around the world. What an amazing child you've created.
Best Wishes, The Nadeau Family
(lovecca@hotmail.com)

JessicaP said...

Yeah Kayleigh!!
I have been following your story since BabyCenter and I check every day to see how Kayleigh is doing. After the past couple of days I have been praying extra hard for her! I am so excited to see that God answered our prayers! She looks so healthy and big in those pictures!! We have an amazing God!

Anonymous said...

Awwww!!! This is great news! She looks so alert in the pictures. It was nothing a little poopy wouldn't take care of, huh? I am so happy for you guys.

Kayleigh you are doing a wonderful job growing so big and overcoming each obstacle you have to face. You are one strong little lady.

Prayers will continue that Miss Kayleigh keeps growing each day.

Patricia

Angela said...

That is awesome!! Maybe Kayleigh just needed some japanese food & a trip to Dunkin Donuts (LOL) that would definitely clean her out!! I am so happy for you guys, hopefully we will be heading up that way in the next few days, Lisa still hasn't went into labor & her due date was Thursday. They will schedule to induce (I think) on Tuesday. Kayleigh looks so precious in her little outfits. Love you guys!!

Ritchie & Angela

Erin said...

Praise the Lord! I've been keeping up with your blog and praying for all of you! What great news--I seriously have tears of joy for you both! I'll keep the prayers coming....

Erin Jackson

Anonymous said...

I read your page every weekend looking for the good news and this is certainly good news! so exciting! Sending love and prayers your way! :)

Heather and Travis said...

I am so happy for you guys!!! I shed "happy" tears the entire time I was reading your post. It sounds like things are going so well and I pray that they continue. You, your family and your AMAZING little girl are always in my thoughts and prayers!
Heather and Travis Callahan

campbell9023 said...

I cried when I read the post. Kayleigh your are abundantly amazing. You never cease to amaze me. Your strength can teach us all a lesson. Keep going little one. You need to poop and grow, rest and eat. Then you can go home with those wonderful parents of yours!!!

Nikki Conway said...

Ok kids...I know you are on your date tonight...BUT I WANT A KAYLEIGH UPDATE. LOL. No I know you guys need this night. I hope yall had a good time, and I can't wait to hear how the movie was. Give Kayleigh lost of lovin for me tomorrow. I hope your cheat night was wonderful Aimee. Nikki Conway

stephanie said...

PRAISE GOD!!! I am so happy for you, and for Kayleigh. My little girl is four, and sometimes I wonder if I'll ever get to the point where I'm not concerned about or aware of how many times she pooped. Someday! I'm so proud of Kayleigh. I'm sure she will continue to thrive as she gets to have Mommy's milk and all of your love up close now more that she's getting to be a big girl! We continue to pray for you all!