11/28/08 - Happy POST Thanksgiving!!!

We sure hope everyone had a wonderful thanksgiving, because we certainly did!!! It was a blast having family and friends over to celebrate, eat and just enjoy each other's company.

Well, this Thanksgiving wouldn't be memorable without something crazy happening, I have to share an embarrassing story real quick and then I will get to Kayleigh. We were hosting Thanksgiving at our house, so we were in charge of the turkey. Aimee and I got up around 8:30 in the morning and lathered up our big and juicy turkey to feed around 22 people. When I tell you this turkey looked delicious, I mean it looked unbelievably delicious. I am not a morning person, but my body was being forced to wake up by my rumbling tummy, just starving to scarf down this turkey we were placing in our oven. Speaking of our oven, it has two sections to it. The top one is the one I use the most because I eat many many Totinos and Red Baron pizzas and the bottom is for the larger dishes, which as an unskilled cook, I am not too familiar with. I placed the turkey in the oven and turned the oven on and went back to my warm and cozy bed. YES, I TURNED THE WRONG OVEN ON!!!!! So needless to say, we didn't have to worry about tryptophan and our afternoon nap because we engorged ourselves with Ham and all the other fine dishes that everyone else brought. We do have a lot of left over turkey if anyone wants any! I hope everyone's Thanksgiving Turkey was delicious! I added a few photos of family and friends for you all to see.













Everyone was in tears as we watched the television program. I apologize that my technology skills weren't great with the video, but recording the TV with my video camera was the quickest way to show you all our television appearance without having to wait for a video file from the news station. The whole program was 30 minutes, but it was too large of a file to download it all on the computer, so I just showed our section of the show. WCNC and Levine Children's Hospital did a wonderful job!!! I hope you enjoy...

video

Kayleigh is doing great!! She has still been cranky and not eating as good as we would like to see, but it could be because she is 5 months old, and not getting the attention she would get if she were at home. We could only wish that we could live up at the hospital 24/7 so she could get more attention and play time. She has not come off her nitric yet, but she is slowly weaning down and should be completely off towards the end of the weekend. Kayleigh is currently weighing 4 lbs - 5.13 oz. They are feeding her plain breast milk right now, so we will see if they plan to keep her on that or try something new this time around. I was finally able to take a few photos this time around. Over the past week, they have had all the lights off so she could sleep and refrain from any agitation, which it could have caused her hypertension to kick in with her high pressures, so I apologize for not having many photos lately. We did turn the lights on for a quick second for you to get a couple photos. As you can see she is cranky in the first one, but when she was in our arms, she was out like a light :)




---NEW BLOG UPDATE---
When Aimee and I were eating dinner tonight, we were discussing the reasoning behind Kayleigh's blog, beyond telling her story and sharing her photos. Our conversation lead to the test God has given us and how we have handled it with the best of our abilities. If we could show one, two or a million people the glory of God through Kayleigh, then we know we have passed that test with flying colors.

We then started asking each other those special questions that never seem to get a clear answer when talking about our faith. There are so many questions out there that people have that may be keeping them on the fence to starting their relationship with Christ, or Christians who may be too embarrassed to ask those questions (they think they should already know) or want to know to strengthen their everyday walk.

Aimee felt like God has called her to do something special and she decided to create a blog which she has called (Answering Christianity Questions). With this blog working at full steam, it will allow her to grow in her walk with the Lord and learn so much from so many people's questions and answers. She posted the first question from a book she just bought tonight called, "The Power of a Praying Wife." This question will break the ice and the blog will take off only with YOUR help, YOUR questions, and YOUR answers. If you have a question, big or small, that you want answered, email (PostMyQuestion@aol.com) and Aimee will post it and the people who follow the blog will answer.

Our short term goal is to help us all learn more about the questions of Christianity and strengthen our walk together, but our long term goal is the link up with many churches for millions of people to see how Awesome our God really is. We look forward to growing together!

God Bless,

The Freemans :)

15 comments:

Melissa Knight said...

She looks so CUTE in the preemie clothing. I cried when I saw her, I have pictures of the twins in that same oneies and looked huge on them then also. So glad that you could use them and will pass them on as she outgrows them all, which she will quickly. 9 short months ago I had 2 babies under 3 pounds and now I have 15 pounds each 9 month old completely healthy.

Congrats on things going good, and good luck and happy thanksgiving. Did you finish cooking the turkey?

Melissa, Jared, Derek, Austin (35 weeker with 5 open heart surgeries behide him, and the twins Hannah & Olivia 29 week miracles.

Amber said...

Awww, that video was absolutly beautiful. It brought me to tears. Kayleigh is one lucky little girl to have such great parents! I'm so glad to hear all is well with Kayleigh and she is getting better. Keep on growing little one!

Babyksmom05@yahoo.com

The Brown Bunch said...

You guys are amazing. I am want to thank you for sharing your story and allowing those of us out here in the net world to share in the mircle that God have provided for all to see. The NICU is a scary place with so many ups and downs. CONGRATS on having an amazing family! Keep up the great work!

The Brown Bunch
Jaime

Heather said...

The turkey story was HILARIOUS!! And thanks so much for posting the video...wow...it was amazing! Still praying for Kayleigh!

Anonymous said...

Love following your blog! I like the new NICU ABC's off to the right but your first word seems incorrect. I'm thinking it should be anemia and not acidosis, as acidosis has to do with the acid/base balance of the blood and how the body is oxygenating. Just thought you might want to know. Wishing Kayleigh the best.

Amy said...

The video is absolutely awesome!!! God is GREAT and hard at work. The turkey story is hilarious. Sounds like something I would do. I pray for Kayleigh every day asking that God heal her completely and bring her home safe in your arms SOON.

God Bless,

Amy S in KS

Erica said...

The video was awsome! I tell you , Kayleigh is a super star! Kepp growing Kayleigh your doing an amazing job! God Bleaa you all! Glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Erica
mommy to 2 boys
1 who was a 31 weeker

Erica said...

Sorry for the missed spelled words! It's early here! LOL!

Mel said...

So grateful you all had a nice Thanksgiving and Miss Kayleigh is doing well. The pics of Kayleigh reminded my of our girls in the NICU. So very precious. Still praying in OK.
M

rsiewert said...

you weren't kidding when you said it would make me cry. I just love your little Miracle to pieces. i hope you feel very blessed everyday to be her parents.

E said...

Oh, the news story was amazing. Thanks for figuring out how to get it uploaded so that we could all view it, too.

And just from this mommy - - - don't turn on the lights for US. If Kayleigh needs them off, then do NOT worry about us. We will do without pictures!!! =0)

She's such a little sweety.

Carly Nicole Elliotte My Micro Preemie said...

LOVED the video! So glad you were able to record it. The pics are amazing and Kayleigh is as beautiful as ever! Your thanksgiving dinner looked awsome. Glad you had so much fun with friends and family! And I think that Ammie's new blog is an AWSOME idea! You guys are seriously being lead down a path to bring other closer to Christ. I think the work that God is doing in your lives is amazing! You are all so special and will always hold a special place in our hearts!!!

In Christ,
Rachel

aimeeeamomof3 said...

I have just recently started following your blog. I found yours with a few links from my sister's. Sadly she lost her daughter at 23 weeks. Her due date is going to be this wednesday. I was told with my youngest daughter at 24 weeks that she was almost 4 weeks behind. They told me they will keep her in until she completely stops growing. They thought I only had 4 weeks before I would have to deliver. At 24 weeks she weighed 13 oz. Prayer is AMAZING! She made it to just barely 36 weeks and came home with us at 3 lb 15 oz.! Your daughter is beautiful!! I know you can't wait to take her home!!

Jackie Pobiega said...

The video was awesome. Thanks for posting it. I was upset that I had missed it on live TV, very glad I got to see it here.

Nutty mom-- said...

I have been praying for ya'll. I was wondering what Kayleigh needs to accomplish to come home? I was hoping to be able to pray more specifically for each need she has.