11/3/08 - Night Before Surgery

Grandma stopped in for some love'n





Kayleigh with Brittany (Her favorite stuffed animal isn't so big anymore)

First of all, if you didn't read the other posts, we posted two other times today so you can catch up on those before this one.

Aimee is such a sweetheart for posting such a nice post. I had just got back from dropping our dogs off at my parents house and there was a note on my computer to check the blog. I thought maybe she was going to surprise me and tell me we won the lottery, but I quickly remembered that we don't buy tickets and anyways, seeing her post and speaking such nice things about me delivered more of a heartwarming emotion that any lottery could ever fulfill. I truly have the best wife in the world.

We really enjoyed the time we spent with Kayleigh tonight, even though we were fighting back the nerves, anxiety and craziness of the surgery that is going to take place in the morning. It was so perfect because when you hold that precious little girl in your arms, a feeling of peace overcomes your body and you have no worries in the world as you soak up every second of that moment. Although, my Mom said it so perfect tonight, it is very tough to see Kayleigh so content and peaceful, just knowing she is going to be put through hell again tomorrow and for many days to come while trying to recover. It is almost cruel, but we can only trust in God that He knows exactly what He is doing with our little girl. People see us day in and day out and wonder how we can handle this situation with such strength and grace. Well, first of all we hide it very well and second of all, God is the reason. We have complete trust in Him that whatever happens, Kayleigh will be a perfect angel. An angel of ours or an angel of His. Her purpose will be so amazing, that the heavens will sing with a standing ovation whenever it is her time. We can only be selfish and pray that her purpose is not yet complete and we get to enjoy her for many many years to come. We seldom forget that our purpose, in our very short time here on earth, is to prepare for eternity in heaven.

Tonight was a well needed bonding night with Kayleigh. Aimee and I were able to both feed her at two separate cares and Kayleigh was just so peaceful and relaxed the whole entire time. Almost too relaxed- HA! There is never a dull moment where a "Freeman" won't make light of a scary/crazy situation to relieve all the tension in the room. Check this out...

The mood was almost perfect, like a well scripted scene from a movie. The lights were dim throughout the NICU, but a spot light seemed to shine down on Kayleigh as we had just finished giving Kayleigh her first bath. As she was laying under her warmer, Aimee was massaging Kayleigh and putting her in a deep trance of relaxation. You can see Kayleigh fighting back sleep as she didn't want to miss a second of Mommy's presence. Kayleigh would lay motionless, she would stop sucking on her paci and her eyes would slowly close. Then quickly, her eyes would open up and her paci would start bouncing back and forth again. This continued several times until all of a sudden, Kayleigh started to concentrate, as if she was trying to figure something out for the very first time. While that blank stare is frozen on her face, her paci falls out of her mouth and as Aimee went to put it back in, Kayleigh explodes!!! I am talking a raunchy, stinky blowout that everyone in the NICU could hear. And, you know what the funny part is? I caught it on film. Enjoy....

video

Never forget that no matter how rough or tough a situation is, a smile or a laugh can go a long way and make you feel SO much better. Thank you Kayleigh for making us laugh while we are so very scared. We hope you recover quick so you can make us laugh for a very long time. We love you so much beautiful!

God Bless,

Mommy and Daddy :)

8 comments:

Breanna and Dave said...

Oh My Goodness that video is too cute!!! I will be praying for you and kayleigh tomorrow, and that she makes a speedy recovery!!!

god bless...


The Smith Family

Rocky Mountain Mommy said...

The video of her so relaxed and peaceful totally made me cry. You can tell what a wonderful mother Aimee is. My family and I are praying for Kayleigh extra hard these days and tonight will be no different. I hope that tomorrow you will be full of strength and faith. My heart goes out to you and please know that we are all thinking of you.

Janelle in Az said...

I love the video it is to sweet for words! I will be praying for you through surgery and a quick recovery be strong "Super Girl"

Karen said...

I will be praying for you and your family and Kayleigh and the doctors to have the skill and the energy to do this surgery successfully - I just emailed the link to your site to my work so that I can check in throughout the day. I will pray tonight and then again tomorrow morning starting at 7:30 - and will be waiting for good news.... I have only written you one comment before - my daughter had her son Tayveon on Oct. 21 at 33 weeks 5 days - he was over 5 lbs but still isn't home, hopefully he will be coming home tomorrow on his 2 weeks birthday - he was having a hard time gaining weight, just had to wait until he was better at the sucking, swallowing, and staying awake thing, but he seems to have it now - and they are talking about letting him come home tomorrow. These past 2 weeks have been so long, waiting for him to be released -I just can't even imagine all you and your family have been through - but its so heartwarming to read what your wife wrote about you - what a good job you are doing with this blog, and I agree with her - you tell Kayleigh's story beautifully - and I feel as if you connect with people as you describe your daughter - and your family - its wonderful to read all the love in your heart for your little one and your wife.... I pray that God's plan is to allow you to raise Kayleigh and that she grow to be the daughter you know she can become.... knowing that she's had two parents who struggled with her to get her to the point she's at! God bless you all....

Karen
(kplashus@optonline.net) I live in West Babylon NY (Long Island) just in case you wonder where all your readers live!!)

Carly Nicole Elliotte My Micro Preemie said...

What a cute video!
I will be thinking of you guys tomorrow and the days to follow. Miss Kayleigh is a trooper and we will be continuing to pray for her every step of the way! I pray for the surgery to go smoothly and for her to have a very speedy recovery.
God Bless!

In Christ,
Rachel

Stephanie said...

Just a note to say we are still following Kayleigh's story. We are still praying. We are still believing.

Anonymous said...

I missed the 7:30 prayer time..(sorry my kids wouldn't go to bed until 12am), but I prayed before I went to sleep last night and just sent another one up. God be with you all during this stressful time and I wish Kayleigh the fastest recovery in history.

Anonymous said...

Adam & Aimee ~
I was reviewing some of the pictures you posted of Miss Kayleigh and they are so sweet. And in the one it looks like she even has a little double chin the way she is positioned & those little chubby cheeks. She is such a beautiful baby!

Pray for great news & speedy recovery for your little gift from God.