It has been a busy weekend for all of us in the Stansel household. Haley is doing well, she continues to grow and develop at home. She was seen by a home health nurse yesterday. She will continue to see the nurse weekly for at least the next month or so. Thomas and I are excited to have her home. She is going to require many specialist coming in to help her. She will have Occupational therapy, physical therapy, and early childhood intervention people coming to see her. We are ready to take on the task of helping her get up to speed with a normal newborn baby. We know that it will take work and time, we will do what ever is required to help her. She has been a bit fussy the past few days, we think it is because she is in a new environment. She will adapt I am sure.
Rachel continues forward as well with her progression toward coming home. Rachel is on 1/2 Liter of Oxygen, down from the 3/4 liter she had been on for a while. In order to have Rachel join us at home,she needs to be down to 1/4 of a liter of Oxygen. She is getting closer and closer. She seems to have handled the g-tube/fundo surgery very well. We hope that this is all she needed to push her forward towards home. We are ready to have our precious Rachel home with us and her sister. We hope Rachel will soon be able to start trying to eat from a bottle. We don't know when that will be, but Dr. Hernandez said yesterday that they will have O.T. start working with her on her oral motor skills this up coming week. Rachel does appear to be so much more relaxed since she had the surgery. She is now off the morphine they were giving her for the surgery. She is cruising along, and we are so grateful to Dr. Bloss for his abilities and his kindness toward us and our beautiful girls.
It has been a long road for both girls and we know it is now just starting at home. We know the road ahead is going to be long and stressful at times, but Thomas and I are up to the challenge. We will do anything for our little girls. They have gone through so much, but yet have come so far. We love them more than they will possibly ever know. We are so grateful that our Heavenly Father has allotted us the opportunity to be parents. We know that mistakes will be made, but we will do our very best to raise our girls the way that the Lord has intended us to raise them. We know that our greatest responsibilities lie within our home. Parenthood is a sacred gift given to us by our Father In Heaven. We hope and pray we will live up to our responsibilities as parents.