Ginny is 20 days old today. That's almost 3 weeks that she had a tube down her throat to help her breathe. The doctors removed her tube today. She still has a device on her nose called a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) that gives her a mix of air with 30% oxygen, but no tube. After letting her rest a bit and checking her blood gases, Rachel and I got to hold her for the first time in her life.
I'd like to be able to give you some eloquent description of what that was like, but I can't. There just aren't words for it. If you've experienced it with your own children, you know what I'm talking about. If you haven't, I could write 100,000 words about it and you still would not be able to comprehend.
Rachel held Ginny for about 30 minutes before I got to hold her. Our good friend and wedding photographer Gregg came to the hospital and was allowed to photograph us holding her for the first time. I think the first thing I said to her when I got her in my arms was, "I love you, Ginny," followed quickly by "Dammit kid, you scared the crap out of us!" I held her for about 30 minutes and I don't think I took my eyes off of her the whole time. I've handed her back to Rachel, and they're both as happy as can be.
Ginny will not be able to breastfeed while she is on the CPAP. She should only be on it for about 24 hours until the switch her to the cannula (nose tubes) for oxygen. I think then she will able to go straight to the tap. Tomorrow I expect cardiology to come by and check on her. Hopefully then they will be able to give us a firm date for surgery. In the meantime, we're just enjoying Ginny.
I'm sure Gregg will be posting some pictures at some point in the near future. If you'd like to see them, go to Angel & Gregg's website: www.photography35.com Angel & Gregg photographed our wedding and have become really good friends. If you have a day that you would like to preserve in photographs forever, call them. They are great people and really good photographers. Even if they are Yankees fans.