Thursday, January 21, 2010

Haley is HOME!!!

Well what a day we have had today. This will be a day we will never forget. Yes today was the day Haley Karin Stansel arrived home. She arrived home around 8:00pm this evening. She did so well in the car home, in fact she slept the whole way home.

Haley had a very busy day today, she failed her car seat test 3 times. She finally passed with her 4th test. I think what it took was for her to have a full belly and for daddy to be their with her holding her pacifier in her mouth the whole time. Haley was sent home on an apnea monitor simply for our piece of mind. Dr. Cox said she didn't need it at all, but she wanted us to feel comfortable at home so she ordered it for her to use. Haley is home and resting this late evening. She is sleeping in our bedroom for now, until we feel comfortable putting her in her own bedroom. We are so thankful that everything went smoothly with Haley coming home this evening. We are so happy to have our precious little girl home with us. It has been a long time in waiting for this beautiful day. This truly has been one of the greatest days of our lives.

Haley all dressed and ready to go!



In her car seat



Enjoying being home



Rachel is still trying to recover from her surgery yesterday. She has been stable, but still is on her ventilator. We were hoping to have her off it today, but they tried her on the cpap but she only lasted a few minutes before she pooped out. The doctors think because of the morphine she is getting for pain, is why she hasn't come off the vent yet. We hope tomorrow will prove to be a better day as far as coming off the ventilator. She seems to be doing really well in every other area. She has been pretty out of it the whole day. We continue to pray that she will recover very soon, and back to her old self. We hope that she will be home as soon as possible so she can enjoy the comforts of her own home as does Haley right now. We long for her arrive home, we know that God is in charge and when the time is right she will be reunited with her family at home.

God be thanked for all that he has blessed Thomas and I with. He has been there every step of the way through thick and thin. We know that He will continue to help us in our journey as a family on this earth. We hope and pray that Thomas and I will live up to the challenge and to the holy calling of being a Mother and Father. We desire nothing more than to help our children to grow and become what God intends for them to become. We will never be able to do it on our own, that is why we hope that we will live in such a way that we can be guided by the Holy Ghost to help us in this great cause.

63 comments:

  1. You dont know me but I have followed your story for sometime now and commented several times. This was my last post to check before bed as I was thinking of you guys - this has brought tears to my eyes. Prayers have been answered and I know you have long awaited this day. I am so so happy for your family!!

    ((HUGS))
    Love,
    Michele Wallace

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  2. Happy Homecoming Haley!!! What a wonderful day :)

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  3. So happy for you! You must wonder if you are not dreaming!
    It has been so long...
    It is early friday morning here!
    I wonder if you are going to be able to sleep!
    All the best!

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  4. Amazing! So happy that you have one of your sweet babies at home with you! What a blessed day!

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  5. I have also been reading your blog for a while and am always uplifted from doing so. My heart is happy reading that Haley is home. How wonderful for you! I wish you the best in this next part of your journey. I know you two are wonderful parents. I can tell. How blessed Haley and Rachel (and your other children as well) are to have you for parents. Congratulations!

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  6. I literally rushed to the computer this morning to see if she was home- oh happy day! Here's to you both as you embark on the journey of parenthood.

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  7. oh my goodness i am SO SO SO delighted !! i can't help crying as it has just been the longest journey you have traveled to get to this point ... i pray that rachel recovers well from her surgery and is soon home safe and sound with her precious sister haley. congratulations mommmy and daddy stansel !! you are the best parents any little baby could wish for :) kindest thoughts and prayers

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  8. I can't believe it! It almost seems like this day would never come- a far off dream! But it's here! She is HOME! Your first child to be blessed to come home to her parents- and the first time you have ever walked into your home with your own child in your arms. That is amazing.... Through all of the trials you have endured since your marriage on this journey to become parents- what a marvelous day this is!

    In the words of Queen Elizabeth I..."This is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes."

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  9. YAY!!!!! I have been waiting for this post! I am so happy you have Haley home. Enjoy every second. I hope that Rachel is not far behind.

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  10. Tears are filling my eyes as I think of your sweet Haley finally home with you. It's understandable to have nervousness, but and blessed is the Lord that he's allowed her to grow and become strong, and now the fun parenting gets to start up to, no more looking at drs and nurses about whether you can hold her, feed her, etc! Soon it'll be Rachel!

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  11. What wonderful news! I am so happy for your family. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

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  12. WELCOME HOME HALEY! I am so excited, and happy for you and Thomas to be able to bring Haley home. What a wonderful day it was. She looks just beautiful. I will continue to pray for Rachel that she gets stronger and comes off the vent. It won't be long before she is joining her sister at home with Mommy & Daddy. God Bless your family. Sherri

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  13. I have been following your site site you were pregnant but, never write.

    What exciting news... Welcome Home Haley. Rachel will follow very shortly.....

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  14. I knew this day would come for your sweet family!! I'm so excited that you Haley was able to come home, that's where she belongs. I'm sure that Rachel is not far behind and then your little family will be complete. Your love for your children and faith are such a wonderful example!
    The pictures are so cute!!


    Praying for you always,

    Christina McKinney

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  15. Congratulations!! I am so happy for you guys! Enjoy your little girl!

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  16. I'm so happy for you. Can you believe she is really home? Will you have to visit Rachel one at a time now so one of you can stay home with Haley? Or I'm sure you have lots of friends and family who can't wait to babysit! Congratulations! I love reading your blogs and feel you are the best parents ever!

    Norma (West Houston)

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  17. Congratualtions! I am so happy for you! Will continue praying for you and your family!

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  18. I am soooo happy for you! I can only imagine how much joy you will get from all the simple things -- hearing her cry in the night & knowing you are with her, holding her whenever you want, feeding & changing her. Welcome home Haley!!!

    Carla Gutke

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  19. What wonderful news!!!! I'm so happy to hear of Haley's homecoming, and praying Rachel will follow soon!

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  20. So did you get any sleep last night? Can't wait to come for a visit.

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  21. So glad to see that Haley got to come home!!!! It must seem like a dream to have her with you. I hope that Rachael is close behind so you can be with both girls all the time!

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  22. Hooray for Haley! And you two are such wonderful people...all of your children have been truly blessed to have been sent to you by our Heavenly Father...even if only for a small time here on earth...You will do well, for you know Whom to look to for help!

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  23. Oh that is so sweet! I'm so happy she's home! She's such a cute big girl now all dressed in human clothes. She's so sweet. Good luck to your family with this new endevour... you're always in our prayers!

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  24. I've been following your blog for quite a while too...we had quadruplets at 23 weeks and 1 baby is now in heaven. The other 3 are really close to coming home! I am so excited for you and your family! You have been through so much and I'm sure it's wonderful to have Haley home! Praying that Rachel is soon to follow!

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  25. YAY!! I know you've been waiting for this day for a very long time! It won't be long until Rachel follows.

    Our daughter came home with an APNEA monitor. She never had an apnea at home, but it was nice to have the monitor just in case.

    Congratulations!

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  26. I'm so happy!!! This is a milestone, and this moment will be forever in your hearts. Haley is looking so cute with her pink outfit and bow. So precious! Welcome home Haley!

    Prayers continue to go to all of you, but Rachel gets a little bit more. I'm sure she will soon get back to her "old self." Now things will start to improve for her and soon she will be home too.

    Love, Claudia

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  27. you've been waiting for this day for a very long time. i'm excited for your family and look forward to rachel coming home, too. i'll bet haley is hardly in her bed--you probably hold her all day long! congrats!

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  28. Oh my goodness is she cute! I am so happy she is home with you! I was so excited to come read this post and see how it went! So very very exciting. I remember bringing my first son home, and we didn't even have a long journey to that point like you guys did. That had to have made it that much more special! I'm looking forward to hearing about Miss Rachel coming home soon too!

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  29. Praise God. That is so exciting to have her home, now I know you are counting the days to get Rachel ready. I am not sure if you have ever visited the blog Multiples and More, but I did a guest post on it this morning about our experience with the apnea heart monitors. You may want to check it out. www.multiplesandmore.blogspot.com

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  30. PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!!!

    And prayers the her ister will be able to join her soon!!!

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  31. I have been following your blog since the babies were born and I couldn't be more happy for you! I am soooo excited that Haley is home and hope that Rachel gets to come home soon!!!! I can't even imagine the joy that you two have right now!!!!

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  32. WOOOO HOOOO! Congratulations! I'm so happy for you guys!

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  33. Oh, Happy Day!!! May there be many more happy days in your future. And may Rachel soon join her sister in finding ways to make you laugh.

    Always with you in spirit,

    Virginia and Frank

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  34. Congratulations! Enjoy your first full day with your sweet girl home all day! I hope Rachel gets to join you soon.

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  35. I've followed your story for a long time now and I got goose bumps reading this post.....how utterly exciting! I cannot even imagine the joy you two must feel....praise GOD and a HUGE congrats!

    Cathy

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  36. Congrats!!! What a sweet lil outfit!!! Wishing her the best at home. Prayers still w/ Rachel.

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  37. Awesome!! Love her going home outfit, she looks so cute all dressed up!

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  38. How wonderful! Welcome Home Haley!!! Rachel will be home soon, too!... I am so impressed with the way you guys endured this trial. Enjoy having your little miracles home!

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  39. Congratulations! What great news!! I can't wait to hear about the wonderful day when both girls are home together!!

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  40. Congratulations! I will be praying that Rachel can come home soon too!

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  41. OH Baby Girl!!! so happy for you to be home with mama and daddy.... our fiesty little Rachel will mend and Sis will be home soon, we hope. what a glorious day!

    much love and joy at such great news...

    Erma, Midvale Utah

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  42. Congrats! I know you've been waiting for this day for a long, long time. Before you know it you'll have both of your little girls home together. :)

    Alicia, Richmond Virginia

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  43. Congrats! So happy you have one of your sweet babies home :]

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  44. I too have followed your amazing journey and I was thrilled to read this post that one of your little girls is finally home! YAY! you have been in my prayers and I enjoy reading your blog in awe at how amazing you both are and how much faith you have had. I wish you well with Haley home and I hope Rachel is soon to follow!

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  45. I am so happy for you guys. It must feel so great to finally have one of your babies home with you!! What a relief! I hope Rachael recovers quickly and can make it home soon too, so you can be together as a family.

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  46. I have been following your blog since well before the babies were born and am so happy to hear that Haley is home. I got goosebumps reading your wonderful post. What wonderful news and Rachel will be home soon.
    What a great day.

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  47. Way to go Mom, Dad and of course Haley!!! We're so excited for you all. Our prayers continue with you and hope Rachel will come home soon.

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  48. WHAT GREAT NEWS! WELCOME HOME HALEY! RACHAEL WILL JOIN REALLY SOON!

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  49. Welcome home Haley!!!!!
    I am so excited for you guys! Now its all up to you, life with a baby at home is so much fun!!!! Your family is so sweet, I just love reading it every day!
    Melanie Segalla

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  50. Let me join the chorus in saying, "Congratulations!" I am so excited for you guys to finally be together at home. Hopefully it won't be long until Rachel is there with you. In the meantime, I hope Haley lets you get some sleep at night so you can visit Rachel some and that both girls continue to do well. Fingers crossed for Rachel to come off the vent soon. And I love that the pad in Haley's carseat matches the blog. :)

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  51. This is wonderful news! Praise God!!!

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  52. That is such wonderful news!!! Yay!!! I'm so glad she is finally home, I'm sure you two are just loving it. She looks adorable in that little outfit and the bow on her head!! I love it!! I hope Rachel is soon to follow and recovers well. Lots of love and smiles!!
    Michelle in Egl. Mt.

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  53. What a wonderful day. Welcome home, Haley! I hope Rachel joins you soon.

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  54. Praise God. Welcome home Haley!

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  55. A very well deserved homecoming!!! Yay Haley! Genuine excitement felt here! My heartfelt wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery for Rachel. Soon they will BOTH be home sleeping every nite near their fabulous parents!

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  56. I am so happy for you guys!
    Haley looks so much like her daddy!
    Praying for Rachel's speedy recovery.
    xx

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  57. HIP HIP HOORAY for HALEY!!!! Rachel will be home soon enough! Congrats guys!

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  58. oh congratulations on having little Haley home! Enjoy her as much as you can and try to squeeze some sleep in there somewhere!!!

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  59. Thanks Thomas and Amanda for keeping us posted on this amazing journey that you have undertaken. It has been truly a blessing to feel of your faith and testimony as you handle all the challenges that have come to you. Each step has been such a blessing.

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  60. YEAH!!!! That's so wonderful! What a darling girl she is!!! I love the bow! Rachel will join her soon, I'm sure.

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