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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Whitney is HOME!

Happy Day! We are thrilled to announce that on September 14, Whitney left the hospital and has come home! After nearly 8 weeks in the NICU, she is now where she truly belongs!

We slept overnight at the NICU the night before she was discharged. The nurses and doctors agreed that because she is feeding enough through the bottle, she should be fine at home. They still want her on the oxygen, low flow at 1/4 Liter. So although she is free from the hospital, she is still bound to being connected to both an oxygen tank and a pulse oximeter (which reads both her heart rate and blood oxygen saturation.

A lot happened yesterday as we packed up our things and started the trek back home and it was very overwhelming, in a good way. It would take me forever to write in detail all the things that happened, but the main thing that's important is that our baby girl, Whitney Kaholumehekainani Montgomery, is a right sided Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia survivor. She is an ECMO survivor. She is our little miracle. Now we get to finally worry about other things other than if she will ever get out of the hospital. Our hearts are full of joy, of praise, of thanks. It feels so good to be able to hold her in our home, in our room, to put her in her crib, to be able to get to know her and see her grow. Feels oh so good, just it should. We are parents who have a baby living at home!

Here are some pictures!

BEFORE (HOSPITAL)






AFTER (HOME)









13 comments:

  1. :) I was at St. Joes yesterday because a friend of mine is in danger of delivering her baby at 24 weeks (yikes!) and I walked down to the NICU just to see if I could catch a glimpse of Whitney, but I didn't see her! At first I thought maybe I was at the wrong NICU (which I might have been) but then the thought hit me that maybe you'd taken her home, and you had! This is very exciting news! Congratulations!

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  2. Praise God!!! So excited and happy for your family. Can't wait until I can make the same blog headline. :-) Well, except it will be Finley is Home!

    Blessings,
    Liz Dooley, mama to Rowan (8/17/07) and Finley (8/12/10)

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  3. YAY!! That is so amazing! Congratulations!

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  4. Happy tears! :-) Congratulations and best wishes for the next step of your journey!

    Much love, Patty D'Angelo
    mom to Charlie, LCDH survivor, 2/4/09

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  5. Congratulations! What a bunch of little miracles Whitney has experienced. Best wishes as family life truly begins.

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  6. Our entire family has been praying for Baby Whitney... it has been a testimony builder in our home in the power of the Priesthood and the power of prayer... we love you all so very much and she is very blessed to have two amazing parents and lots of loving family....

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  7. YEEEEEEEEE!!!! There are not enough happy words to express the happiness. ^_________^

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  8. Happy, Happy News!!! Welcome home Whitney!!! What a glorious and happy day! Love the pictures of your family! Keep thriving at home Whitney...you are a beautiful and precious miracle.

    Hugs,
    Tracy, Ian's mom from CHERUBS

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  9. Congrats on getting her home! I am so so so happy for you guys to finally get to have her there with you and start the next journey just as every day parents. She is such a beautiful girl and gets more and more so the more she grows.

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  10. This is such great news. By following your blog, we have all witnessed a miracle!!!! Still praying for your family that you will have comfort, peace, and maybe a little more relaxed now that she is home. Such a milestone for Whitney and for you as her devoted parents.....congrats to you all.

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  11. You know, despite all the things that just seemed to go wrong with me that day (and this week in general), I have to say that the privilege of being with your family for that event was a much-needed blessing TO ME. I needed something wonderfully right to happen in my life just then, and this was it.

    Thank you so much. This was thrilling beyond words, and I'm so grateful to God and happy for you. All my love.

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  12. Wow she is amazing and so strong. Happy Day to have her home and close to U:). Much love and prayers. Aunt Wendy

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  13. What great news! I'm so happy for your family!

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