Nov 23, 2011 -Today we felt like Jacob was born all over again. As parents, we anticipated hearing and seeing the things one normally does at their baby's birth ~ his first breaths and hearing his first cry. We got to hold him without the worry of gagging him. We were able to put him up on our chests and smell, caress, and kiss his sweet head with our lips. I got to hold him skin to skin. And Jacob finally got to wear clothes!
When it was extubation time, we were surrounded by happily anxious nurses, respiratory therapists, and a neonatologist. Medical staff that wasn't even on Jacob's care that day was rooting for Jacob to do well, as most of them have taken care of Jacob at some point. It felt good that Jacob has stolen a tiny piece of so many people's hearts! It was also an amazing circle of events that happened that day. Pete, the respiratory therapist, was the one who intubated Jacob at UW and transported him to Seattle Children's. Now he was the one extubating him 4 weeks later. Dr. Sarah Hedstrom was at UW watching Jacob be born and was the one to surgically place his umbilical line. She was now at Jacob's bedside overseeing the extubation. It is unusual for staff to be in both places at such important milestones in a baby's life.
|Pete preparing to take the tube out.|