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28 July 2008

oh frabjous day!

lucy, eyes open and breathing sweetly


Oh, lovely people:

Here's the great news — little Lucy is out of ICU! We moved out yesterday afternoon, and I have never been so happy to see a door swing closed behind me. She's doing splendidly. She had her breathing tube removed on Saturday — we can finally see her entire face — and everything has been stable ever since. All her breathing levels and stats are solid, she's sleeping and pooping and doing all the things that babies do.

We're on the pediatric unit now, so we share a room with another family, and we get up in the middle of the night to soothe her. We've changed her diaper multiple times, rocked her to sleep to the rhythm of our heartbeats, and learned her cry in the middle of the night and predicted what she might need. We're finally feeling like parents.

She's an alive, healthy child. We believe she always was. She just gave us a scare, and then she got sucked into the medical vortex. We're determined, when we take her home, to just treat her like a baby and not be worried all the time.

And we're learning her personality. She sweet and feisty at the same time. She makes her needs known, which makes it fairly easy to soothe her. (We can't imagine this is going to last.) The past two days, she has opened her eyes wide and taken in everything, slowly. She's pensive, her right hand always resting on her chin, like Rodin's The Thinker. We can't gobble up enough of her little coos and gurgles. We're totally smitten.

The Chef and I are back to making senseless comments, reading the paper, and talking about other things besides the baby. We're cracking each other up. The cot we sleep on is tiny, but at least we have the chance to snuggle.

And it looks good for us getting back to our own bed soon. Lucy simply has to start eating more and more. They say as soon as she eats regularly and keeps gaining weight, they will take out her naso-gastral tube, the last one linger. That means that somewhere in the next few days, we can go home.

She'll be home with us soon.

We find it fitting that the last hoop our daughter has to jump through has to do with food.

She'll be fine. We're over the moon.

Thank you all, so much for all your emails and comments, your kindness with your own stories and hugs offered from around the world. Truly, we have read every comment to each other before we published. You buoyed us up when we were thrashing around, feeling as though we were drowning.

Thank you, so much, from the center of our expanding hearts. We felt the connection, the light offered, the genuine outpouring of wonderful words. You're part of her community, and I know she felt how many people were pulling for her.

Someday, this will all be a bad memory.

But for now, it's time to go stare at the baby.

love to you all,
shauna, danny, and lucy

268 Comments:

At 10:00 PM, Blogger Jaemie said...

I'm so glad that everything is going to be ok. She's beautiful!

 
At 10:08 PM, Blogger Kathy said...

First time commenter, delurking to say - what wonderful, splendid news for you all and an answer to all the many wishes and prayers you have been sent from around the world. Here in Melbourne, miserably sick with morning sickness in my third pregnancy, I only read of Lucy's arrival yesterday, and before I had a chance to comment, this bright news arrived. Brilliant!

From one Coeliac mum to another - congratulations a thousand times, and I look forward do much to reading about how you introduce Lucy to the manifold joys of food, as I have with my own children (one non-Coeliac and one Coeliac). Blessings to you all today and in the months ahead.

 
At 10:09 PM, Blogger Margie said...

She looks just like you, Shauna.

 
At 10:12 PM, Blogger erita said...

so happy for you, the chef and beautiful lucy! glad to here she's made it over the hurdle.

here's to many more wonderful, awe-inspiring, discovery-filled, joyful days.

 
At 10:15 PM, Blogger Schriftstellar said...

She's just beautiful! Congratulations again, and enjoy getting to know her!

 
At 10:17 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

What a gorgeous photo! Congratulations on Lucy's promotion out of the ICU! It sounds like she'll get her NG out and be home in no time. Continuing to send healing energy your way.

 
At 10:18 PM, Blogger Sholeh said...

Wonderful to hear. :-)

 
At 10:25 PM, Blogger Fiona said...

Yes!

What a great relief.

Fiona

 
At 10:27 PM, Anonymous Debbie said...

I am so thankful Lucy is doing so well! She is BEAUTIFUL and I'm so happy for you!

 
At 10:27 PM, Anonymous michelle said...

oh hurrah! and as a mom myself, i know that you'll never stop worrying completely, but you'll learn to roll with it.

good job breathing lucy, now just eat!

congratulations again.

 
At 10:52 PM, Blogger ~ Straight Shooter ~ said...

Oh what a glor-i-ous feeling on this frabjous day!
Little Lady learning to breathe and gaining strength each day.
Just frabjous news. Frab-jous!
My first Crumb Snatcher spent a week in the NICU. That's some scary stuff Girl. Your attitudes are the key. Yours shine. And Lucy is attracted to the light.
Congrats Momma and Daddy.

 
At 10:57 PM, OpenID emeraldcityguy said...

I'm so glad for you!

 
At 10:58 PM, Blogger Julia said...

Shauna, I've been a long time reader and always look forward to all of your posts, but this by far as to be one of the most exciting. Congratulations and I'm so glad for you and the Chef. Welcome Lucy!

 
At 11:04 PM, Blogger Andrea said...

I have been checking to see if there was an update on Lucy's health. I am so glad to hear that she is doing much better.

What a beautiful girl. Enjoy getting to know more about her!

 
At 11:17 PM, Anonymous Barbara said...

Oh good, good, good ...!! May she (and you guys too) continue to thrive and grow. Wonderful news to find on this grey rainy Edinburgh summer morning ...

 
At 11:28 PM, Anonymous tripletmama said...

YES!!!
Great news! So glad to hear that Miss Lucy is on her way out of the ICU and into your hearts!
She is truly beautiful! I think she looks so much like you, Shauna!
Just think how much fun it will be to cook up some great homemade baby food in a few months! Maybe you can write a kiddie gluten free cookbook someday!
Blessings to you and your lovely little family. I hope you are taking the time to take care of YOU, too. Recovering from a C section is no fun! I remember it well!
Enjoy each moment together!

 
At 11:34 PM, Blogger Karen said...

She is simply precious! Enjoy every moment with her, because the time goes by so quickly. She is blessed to have such loving parents. Best wishes in the weeks ahead!

Karen
http://glutenfreefoodreviews.com

 
At 11:57 PM, Blogger House of Jules said...

As your page was loading, I realized I was repeating, "Please be good news, please be good news" over and over until I saw the happy headline and lovely Lucy's sweet face just beneath it. So, so, SO happy for the three of you. Much love from Chicago.
Jules
House of Jules

 
At 12:02 AM, Blogger judy said...

YAY!!! That's such good news, Shauna and Danny and Lucy. You have a beautiful family.

 
At 12:04 AM, Anonymous A. said...

In spite of the fact that I don't know you at all, I was truly relieved to read this. Hi, Lucy!

 
At 12:06 AM, Blogger Brenda said...

Such truly wonderful news; thank you so much for posting it. I'm so happy I find myself chocked up. Way to go Lucy, You Go Girl! I can't wait to hear that you're going home. I'm praying for ya!
Big hugs from NH!

 
At 12:11 AM, Blogger Lisa-Marie said...

All day long I kept peeking in hoping for good news. Then taking one last look before bedtime,saw a small face looking out at me like the most sublime sunrise. What relief and happiness. Thank you so much for sharing her beautiful light with all of us. May your time with her in the coming days be filled with blessings,joy and laughter.

 
At 12:40 AM, Blogger Ellen said...

oh, wonderful. I'm so happy to hear this news.

 
At 12:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh I totally agree with the person who said you should "upgrade" your tatoo!

As in "Yes, Lucy, breath"!

Good luck with everything and enjoy Lucy! ;-)

 
At 1:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frabjous indeed! As I saw Lucy's face appear I did a little dance of happiness in my chair. Congratulations!

 
At 1:26 AM, Blogger Lucy's Kitchen Notebook said...

She is a beautiful baby. Go Lucy go! I love her too! Yay! Breathe!

 
At 1:41 AM, Anonymous LinR said...

Each morning I have checked to see if there has been progress - willing there to be good news. Like others around the world I am SO pleased for you. With much love and good wishes from Wales, UK.

 
At 1:58 AM, Anonymous Anne P said...

Oh thank God! I've been checking your blog almost hourly since reading your previous post. This is just the best news.

And she is (of course) beautiful.

As the paediatric cardiologist said to us when we were given the very final all clear with our daughter - enjoy her.

 
At 2:30 AM, Blogger Katrina said...

Lucy is indeed feisty! Already scaring her parents half to death. I can see her riding her bike with her feet on the handle bars and yelling, "look ma! no hands!" You've got yourself a wonderful handful in this one! ;o)

So glad she is doing better. I know it must have been just heartwrenching to see her in the NICU. Having 4 sons, and having one that insists on scaring ME half to death (he's very much a boy's boy...and they occasionally break parts like arms and legs...yikes!), it's probably the hardest part of parenting...not being able to "fix it" when something is wrong.

Hang in there and tell Miss Lucy we are all pulling for her to get home ASAP!

 
At 2:32 AM, Blogger Mouse said...

Oh yay, oh yay, oh yay :))) tears of happiness from the UK ..... and what a wonderful photo, Lucy is beautiful :)

Blessings
x Mouse

PS: I hope you're both managing to get some sleep!

 
At 2:38 AM, Blogger Ai Lu said...

Oh blessedness!

Oh perfect baby!

Oh health and food and life!

Lucy's struggle feels so immediate and so essential, the very stuff of what it means to live. I am so glad that she made it to this side. Your words tell us so much about a parent's love and fear for her child; thank you for sharing these difficult times with us.

 
At 3:01 AM, Blogger Jess said...

What wonderful news!!! I'm so glad to hear how well Lucy is doing. Congrats again!

 
At 3:29 AM, Anonymous Ann said...

Wonderful news! Thank you for the update, too, as I was wondering how things were going with one of my extended blog families. :-)

 
At 4:06 AM, Anonymous Hannah said...

Hurrah!! Am so happy for all of you. And so glad to think that my words and well wishes, combined with everyone else's here, may have helped support you during this time. Smiles all round!

 
At 4:13 AM, Blogger Eh... Not so much said...

YAY! That's wonderful news!

Shauna, just curious: what are the odds of Lucy being celiac too? How old does she have to be before she's tested? If she is, how amazingly lucky she is to have you to take care of her properly.

Keep saying YES, Lucy! (I mistyped that as "Lucky" first. No accident, I'm sure.)

 
At 4:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh YES YES YES!!! what great news, and WOW!! absolutely love the foto - she IS breathtaking...good grief, you want permission to stare, coo, smile & play with lucy???? pardon me while i roll on the floor laughing... her mouth teases with a just a hint of a great smile in bloom, her eyes most curious, and i love that she strikes the pensive 'thinker' pose... how cute and she is all yours to love love love! well, go have fun with her and keep breathing together...i will keep my fingers crossed that all three of you will be home to snuggle in your own beds within the next few days...

take care, carol

 
At 4:13 AM, Blogger Katsby said...

Yay for Lucy. I'm so glad to hear she's doing better :)

 
At 4:13 AM, Blogger Maria said...

Oh, beautiful Lucy!

Yes -- the energy of this community is breathing with your little girl.

When she's 8 months old and gobbling up the mashed sweet peas you froze from the summer, and the last of the winter squashes - you'll wonder how it's possible your little lady ever didn't want to eat!

A happy home-coming, and that it comes soon.

 
At 4:38 AM, Blogger Julana said...

Shauna and Chef,

Congratulations! :-)

Our son spent the first four days of his life in the NICU, eleven years ago. (I had to advocate to get him out of the NICU, where he was being monitored for heart issues he didn't have, once his jaundice was gone, and blood sugar and body temp. stabilized.)

The time is indelibly stamped on memory. It forms one into parent-shape quickly. This child is YOURS! You are her advocate! You have a connection with every other parent who's gone through it. And compassion for parents you meet in the future.
Yes, it will become a distant memory, part of your child's story, not the beginning or the end--but part of your journey together.

God bless you all.

 
At 4:54 AM, Blogger ChupieandJ'smama said...

THANK GOD!
She's so gorgeous. I just love that picture.
One day you'll look back on this as one more bump in the parenting road. NOTHING is what you "expected" when it comes to children and parenting and she just got started early teaching you both that lesson;)
God bless you all.

 
At 5:02 AM, Anonymous Nicki said...

Stare at your baby.... I can think of no sweeter joy....and every time you read in someone else's blog of a baby being celebrated you will remember the feelings deep in your core, and your heart will feel as if to burst once again. Blessings to you all!

 
At 5:03 AM, Anonymous dänika said...

Shauna, Danny, and Lucy,

What wonderful news that I just woke up to. My heart has been in my throat for the past few days, thinking of how worried you must have been, and sending thoughts and prayers to your beautiful little family, for srength, for breath. And now, I rejoice with you! What a beautiful, strong life you have brought into this world!

 
At 5:04 AM, Blogger ~Kat~ said...

That little one just had to make sure she had you on your toes! From one celiac mama (who 8 years ago went through intubation and Pedi ICU with her little celiac babyboy, Sage) to another... you have the most important step down: you are listening to Lucy... she is the only one that can tell you what she needs. It took a few days for me, and a lot of "tuning out the shift nurses" to discover that for myself and the minute I did- Sage started improving by leaps and bounds.
May every single solitary moment with your new family be one of peace and joy, discovery and bliss.
Congratulations again!

 
At 5:11 AM, Blogger davidL said...

so happy for all 3 of you...glad things are going a-ok
-xx

 
At 5:17 AM, Blogger stacieknits said...

What wonderful news to start my day, Shauna! Good job, Lucy! I knew you could do it ;o). Can't wait to read that you are home. Congratulations, again, Danny, Shauna and Lucy!

 
At 5:34 AM, Blogger Leigh said...

How absolutely wonderful!

I love that she's so pensive and just taking everything in.

She's a beautiful little girl!

 
At 5:37 AM, Blogger Sally Jo said...

As I read the comments I would like to add my relief and joy to the community of others as well. I hope you both are able to rest and take care of yourselves a bit more now that Lucy is getting so strong and healthy.

THANK YOU for sharing with all of us. She is such a cutie!!!

Lucy has ALREADY OPENED SO MANY HEARTS.

 
At 5:40 AM, Blogger Gina Perry said...

oh, hooray for lucy! i was thinking of you all this morning - hoping you would post something just like this.

beautiful girl. beautiful family.

when you first announced that you were pregnant i was trying for my first and just eating up (pun intended) all your food/pregnancy/celiac posts for their charm, heart, and information. i'm now at the end of my 1st trimester and will be pouring over old posts, soaking up your stories once again.

i'm so happy for you all, congratulations.

 
At 5:47 AM, Anonymous Karen said...

Hallelujah! What wonderful news. Savor each moment; they pass so quickly. Homecoming will be such a blessed event, and we pray that it's soon. Thank you, Lord, for Lucy! She is a precious gift.

 
At 5:55 AM, Blogger cath said...

I'm so delighted for you - I've just found your blog recently, and love it. And your story brings back the memories of my wee chickadee, who spent a week in the NICU as well - almost 2 years ago now. You'll never forget those first few days, but they will become co-mingled with the sweet and sharp delight of all the normalcy and craziness of babyhood. Wishing you all good things.

 
At 6:05 AM, Anonymous sarahk said...

Oh, I'm so relieved and happy for you. I was praying a lot, and yesterday at work I thought about the three of you all day. Yay for Lucy!

 
At 6:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all, Whew! Congratulations.
Second of all, everyone says babies are beautiful but, you know, they often truly aren't (even though their parents always think so!).
One can grow up to be the most beautiful person in the world but chances are he/she still looked like a shrunken old man right after birth.
But I have to say, with total objectivity, that Lucy is the most beautiful little child I have ever seen.

 
At 6:18 AM, Blogger sweetpea said...

Whew! In the work I do with families and their sick children, I never cease to be amazed by how we are simply paralyzed by fear, and how mobilized and empowered we are when we can finally look forward. Oh bright new world - greet us all with smiles. Stay present, stay with her, stay with each other!

 
At 6:28 AM, Blogger kate said...

I couldn't be happier for you all! I stopped by here yesterday, but wanted to pause and contemplate a response before leaving one. And I come back today and read the fabulous news that Lucy is progressing wonderfully. I knew she would do exactly that, but sometimes, hearing a stranger say so can come across as insincere, so I stopped myself from saying so yesterday. I think what I really wanted to say was that though I have never been in your exact spot myself, I know far too many women who have trod a similar path to you, and it breaks my heart each and every time. Of course, it makes my heart sing each and every time when little ones come out the other side of the NICU footloose and fancy free (well, tube-free, at least)! And they do always seem to come out the other side just fine. Medical science is a wonderful, wonderful thing, and I just know that in no time at all, the three of you will be home and happy and loving and thriving and living as a sweet family (not that you aren't already happy, loving, thriving, etc.- soon you'll just be doing so in your own home!). You are all truly blessed. I just know it. I couldn't be happier for you all.

 
At 6:31 AM, Anonymous Sho said...

What good news!

Of course, you will not worry about her! There is no reason to worry. She will learn to eat, just like she learned to breathe.

Her baby picture is beautiful!

Congratulations!

Take care,

Shoshannah

 
At 6:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah wonderful news and thank you for sharing. Your blog has meant so much to me as I've learned to eat well sans gluten, correcting years of headaches and malaise. Who knew it could be so much fun to eat well? You guys are the best. I have a 4 year old daughter - her birth and first week were NOTHING like I expected - but we turned that around into so much joy. Best wishes from a supporter in Ohio. Lucy is a doll!

 
At 6:46 AM, Blogger Peyton's Mom said...

For starters - way to go Mom & Dad - you have a BEAUTIFUL little girlie!! Sooooo cute!!

I thought it kind of fitting that this post came on 28 July 08 --- you see, on 28 July 88, our precious bundle (baby #2 & our only son) was whisked away to NICU due to circumstances of which I will you spare you ~ but as we celebrated his 20th, we also celebrated Little Lucy's strength & fortitude!!

Love, light, prayers, & positive thoughts ~ all these in a continuous flow, from our hearts to yours....

 
At 6:47 AM, Blogger Zoomie said...

Hey, Lucy, ditch those docs and get on home with Shauna and Danny! That little yellow house beats the heck out of ICU! My Beloved and I are super-thrilled for you!

 
At 6:51 AM, OpenID knitlikeyoumeanit said...

Hurrah, Hurrah! So glad she is doing better. And, wow, is she a beauty.

 
At 6:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!

 
At 6:54 AM, Anonymous kt said...

yah!!!! I have been checking in daily, having de-lurked myself a few posts ago. I was crying when I read about Lucy's dilemma, and finding myself saying "damnit Lucy, breathe" during my day which made no sense at all. Now I wake up early to go in and cuddle my giant 13 year old boy before he can wake up and look at me with that particular brand of contempt only a 13 year old is capable of.
Lucy's cute!!!! and she'll eat. They are all a little lazy about it at first. Then they turn into ravenous vacuum cleaners.

 
At 6:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A good friend's first grandchild had a similar experience after a cesarean birth. The doctor's comments frightened the dad so much that he was unable to speak for a while. Everything cleared up and the baby is at home gaining weight and thriving just as Lucy will. Hang in there, you will all be healthy, happy, and home again soon. Shauna, remember to care for yourself as well as for Danny and Lucy. Hugs to all of you from Texas! Gkateri

 
At 7:00 AM, Blogger Jack said...

Yay -- I knew Lucy could do it! She just needed a few more days to figure things out on her own. Love the "thinker" pose!

 
At 7:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your post made my day! Hurray for Lucy Bean! She's adorable. I wish the three of you all joy.

Monique in TX

 
At 7:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Delurking here to offer Congratulations! I just knew with the Beatle connection the name of the baby had to be either Jude or ...Lucy.
Enjoy every moment.

 
At 7:11 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Simply adorable. I have two daughters and a little boy myself so I know the endless love of motherhood. Congratulations. May your joy and happiness last forever and ever!

 
At 7:13 AM, Blogger beastmomma said...

Hooray! That is wonderful news. I look forward to reading how it feels to bring her home.

 
At 7:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lucy is gorgeous! A really soulful look for a little baby. I am so so glad to hear that she is doing better. I was so heartbroken by your first post, and not because I didn't believe that she would be fine, but because I couldn't imagine how frantic the two of you must have been. Good luck to you both in these first weeks and I hope you can take her home soon!

 
At 7:32 AM, Blogger 4ddintx said...

Congratulations--on Lucy's birth, on her health, and on getting to take her home soon.

Now you and the Chef can enjoy your babymoon with your sweet little Lucy.

I'm so happy for you all!

 
At 7:33 AM, Blogger Pam said...

Congratulations to all of you! She is beautiful. Thanks for sharing a little of her story with us and I'm so glad you are all well and will be going home soon.

 
At 7:43 AM, Blogger Jenna said...

Wonderful! Lucy should have no problem with her last hurdle - learning to eat! Best wishes your way.

 
At 7:44 AM, Anonymous Brooke said...

You've gone and cloned yourself! So cute! Good luck with getting her a bit fattened up so you can get the heck outta there!

 
At 7:50 AM, Blogger vegetablej said...

Congratulations to you, family Ahern! Glad to hear all is well. Just a little diversion:

Job description: Baby

What is breathing? What is breath?
It's noisy, that's what.
I didn't have to breathe last week.
Why now?
Sleeping, swimming,
dreaming, kicking
those were my job
last week.
Now you add breathing to the list.

Don't you know I am already
practicng to focus my eyes,
figuring out who these big faces are,
Trying to understand, full-time,
what they are saying?
And why they are saying that same thing
over and over?
What IS Lucy?

Aren't you aware that I have to squirm,
try to lift this huge head
make faces
suck food
poop
pee
cry
sleep
and how much energy that all takes?

YOU try breathing
on top of all that.
I want overtime.

:)

 
At 7:53 AM, OpenID laughingatchaos said...

Oh, that is just fantastic news! :)

 
At 7:55 AM, Blogger BeadWhisperer said...

Happy Dance!!

 
At 7:57 AM, Blogger jbeach said...

Hooray!!!! I am ecstatic for you upon reading this post.
‘Shauna, Danny, and Lucy’ has such a beautiful ring to it! 
A heartfelt hug to your precious family.

 
At 7:59 AM, Blogger Amy said...

Miss Lucy is so beautiful. I'm so glad to hear that she is doing well.

Congrats on this new blessing in your lives.

 
At 8:00 AM, Anonymous Dale said...

Blessings and Joy! I'm so happy for all three of you! Enjoy your baby girl. It's the most wonderful experience ever.

 
At 8:03 AM, Blogger Lora said...

I have been obsessively checking your site since last week to see what has been going on and I can't tell you the thrill that raced through my body just now, reading that Lucy is well. Oh, happy day!

 
At 8:16 AM, Anonymous Liz said...

Oh, I am so happy to hear this wonderful news! Welcome Lucy, you're already a fighter!

Liz

 
At 8:17 AM, Blogger Melissa said...

I would spend all day staring into that face, too!

Beautiful, beautiful little girl!!

 
At 8:22 AM, Anonymous Samantha said...

Aw, thank you so much for the update. You were all in my thoughts, and I am so very happy for you. Enjoy every moment, as I know you will.

 
At 8:28 AM, Blogger Krafty Like A Fox said...

Oh, how wonderful. She's a gorgeous, gorgeous baby.

 
At 8:28 AM, Blogger Tiara said...

Oh yes! I've been watching for a new post telling us all of Lucy's better days. I just happened to check before going to bed tonight, what a lovely thing to end my day on. It's 3:30 am in New Zealand right now and you know, I don't mind the insomnia so much when I get to read such beautiful things!

May you all be well...

 
At 8:28 AM, Blogger observes&musings said...

Have been checking your blog each day - before and after Lucy arrived. So glad that all is fine.

GG

 
At 8:33 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

Congratulations on the move out of the NICU!! Lucy looks like she's doing great. I'm glad everything is going so well.

 
At 9:07 AM, Anonymous Paulie said...

Every birth seems a miracle but you got a 2nd one when Lucy turned the corner! Glad to hear she's feisty - a sure sign she's on the mend.

 
At 9:09 AM, Blogger Jenn said...

Yay Lucy!!

She is so sweet, however, Shauna, I have a feeling that sweet little girl is always going to make her needs known ... lol.

Enjoy holding, cuddling, kissing and hugging and all that great baby stuff .... the time goes way to fast.

*hugs* to you all!

 
At 9:22 AM, Blogger Trig said...

Congratulations. Now get to work on developing that palate, as quickly as you sensibly can.

 
At 9:25 AM, Blogger Laura Sue said...

My youngest son just came to visit me. He's 26 years old, engaged to be married, out of college, has a job. In his first year of life he was hospitalized 3 times. Nothing life-threatening, nothing permanent. Just--scary stuff. It's such a dim memory now. He's so healthy. So happy. So interesting. So smart. Oh, the years will pass and hospitals will be a dim memory. Sing for joy now. It's time.

 
At 9:28 AM, Blogger Katie - a.k.a. Mommy said...

Wonderful news! Thank you for updating us on your sweet girl. May you be out of the hospital soon.

 
At 9:30 AM, Blogger ren girl said...

She looks utterly gorgeous! I am so happy to hear she's doing well now. :)

Also, I should mention that my own mum has knitted a couple somethings for you to use eventually (when Lucy's a little older I think, they're a bit big for baby).

love,
Kenna

 
At 9:35 AM, Anonymous Gina said...

Oh sweet, sweet girl and happy, happy family! So relieved to know that Lucy is figuring it all out and that you will soon be on your way home!

I read once, when I was newly pregnant that having a child meant having your heart live outside of your body for the rest of your life. I have revisited that sentiment many times over the years and expect that you and the Chef know the truth of it, too!

Happy home-going!!!
Gina

 
At 9:41 AM, OpenID nightswimmer1129 said...

I'm so happy to read that your baby is healthy! Makes me believe in the power of prayer and positive thought (from this large community and from you two of course). Wishing you all continued health and happiness!

 
At 9:43 AM, Anonymous Nicola said...

Callooh, callay!! Wonderful news. Enjoy your beautiful baby and take care of yourselves. With much love.

 
At 9:46 AM, Anonymous Cathi said...

Wonderful news! My heart has been in my throat just waiting for another post from you. What a beautiful daughter you have. Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy! Even though my kids are grown - my fave thing to do still is to stare at them when they are sleeping...it's just amazing...enjoy the crazy lovely world of parenting...there is nothing else like it!

 
At 9:46 AM, Blogger Angela said...

Ohh, YEAH! (and a BIG sigh of relief)

Now let the FUN begin!

 
At 9:48 AM, Blogger ljallbee said...

What a beautiful girl! You are most blessed!

 
At 9:52 AM, Blogger milhan said...

Wonderful news!

It sounds like Miss Lucy is quite the individual, who will just do things on her own time frame :)

My son, as a baby, used to look around and quietly take everything in also - he was an observer. Even now, at 11, he can walk into a room and notice immediately when the most insignificant thing is out of place.

Enjoy that beautiful little girl!!

 
At 9:55 AM, Blogger I am a Tornado ~ proven fact! said...

Oh beautiful Lucy.

CONGRATS!

The world turns completely upside down and backwards - but its ALL good and "all is [still] right with the world" even after the flip!

 
At 9:56 AM, Anonymous Leslie said...

Hi Shauna and Danny,
I am so glad to read your last post today. I have been waiting to hear when Lucy would be out of the woods. Always knew she was strong.
I really felt better today, walking around with a smile on my face. Good Luck, and she really looks like the Chef! Leslie

 
At 9:58 AM, Blogger I am a Tornado ~ proven fact! said...

Oh beautiful Lucy.

Your world turns upside down and backwards ... but 'all is [still] right with the world', even after the flip.

Congratulations (you will never sleep as sound as you once did - that is not a threat, mind you ... )

 
At 10:03 AM, Blogger Tay said...

Oh, beautiful girl & sweet Mama and Papa! I am so happy and relieved to read this news...*whew*

How good to be getting to the laughter part and getting to the holding her all the time part. Enjoy each unfolding moment...I know you will...

much love,
Tay

 
At 10:03 AM, Blogger EatPlayLove said...

what wonderful news! As you have come to learn, newborns are incredibly resilient, so glad things are progressing. Welcome home.

 
At 10:05 AM, Blogger JC said...

How wonderful that your Lucy is doing well, I like so many others have been keeping "watch" and sharing your blog with friends as well. My children are all grown, but I remember how quickly the time went...cherish each moment...

 
At 10:05 AM, Blogger Valerie said...

Yay! So glad to hear about this hurdle being jumped. Lucy looks like both of her parents!

 
At 10:10 AM, Blogger Kinderhook said...

What a beautiful girl! She's got that determined look that says she's going to be just fine. You're so right to treat her as a healthy normal kid. Law of attraction rules. This post left me teary again and I couldn't be happier for you two (three, actually).

 
At 10:11 AM, Blogger Brooke (or Whimsy or HP) said...

That's fantastic news!! I've put her photo with those deep eyes on the healing alter here at Golden Bridge in LA and we will send you lots of healing prayers from our Mommy & Me yoga class today!

 
At 10:18 AM, Blogger StylinGirl said...

Yeay- SO relieved! This was the first place I wanted to be this morning, hoping for good news. Mazoltov!

NOW let the fun begin.
Celebrate life- celebrate your love- celebrate Lucy!! YES!!!!!!!

 
At 10:25 AM, Blogger karen ussery said...

Whew! You all have been on my mind and in my heart. Thank you so much for making space to give us an update. And, she's a knockout! (But you knew that, right?) Congrats!!!

 
At 10:33 AM, Blogger ELK said...

OH WOW! this news has made my day!

 
At 10:36 AM, Blogger Little Read Hen said...

Oh, deep, deep sigh of relief.

Thank you for updating and congratulations again!

 
At 10:37 AM, Anonymous tiennie said...

She's absolutely adorable! Congratulations! Oh happy day. :)

 
At 10:43 AM, Anonymous Sammee said...

Whew...glad everyone's ok.
Congratulations!!!!!

 
At 10:46 AM, Anonymous alison said...

so happy to see this post! she's absolutely gorgeous...... congratulations again

 
At 10:48 AM, Blogger Elise said...

Oh Shauna,

I'm overjoyed for you and The Chef.

A million blessings to you, little Lucy. Breathe, breathe, and breathe some more.

xo

 
At 10:51 AM, Blogger Marusya said...

OK, I am not the type to vicariously live through a blog (or at least I hope not!). But I have been following your baby story and last week I actually dreamed you had a huge celebration party (it was by a pool and I lost my shoes, but you don't need to know all the details). So there, go celebrate. And, step away from the computer! We need to live our own lives...and so do you. Best of luck!

 
At 11:05 AM, Anonymous Kristen said...

Oh wonderful news. Touch and go for a bit, but this is such a blessing! Congratulations!

 
At 11:15 AM, Anonymous Lily said...

Love, hope, air and joy to Lucy, you and Chef.

So glad things are going better.

 
At 11:26 AM, Blogger Homesick Texan said...

What a relief to hear she's out of the ICU. Welcome to the world, Lucy! She's beautiful.

 
At 11:43 AM, Anonymous katiemae said...

This is fantastic news! She is absolutely beautiful. Seeing her picture and reading of her healthy, wonderful progress made this an especially wonderful break from work.

 
At 11:55 AM, Blogger ChronicBabe said...

i'm so happy to hear lucy's on the upswing - i knew she would be a tough chick! and you'll be home soon. she's so gorgeous and it's wonderful to hear that you and the chef are back to laughing and snuggling. i think of lucy every day and i'm so proud of you all. kindness and hugs, jenni

 
At 12:09 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

What a beautiful, perfect little girl!

Congratulations to you and the chef on little Lucy's arrival - albeit a little bumpy in the beginning - it looks like everything is going to be ok :)

Enjoy her tiny-ness - her cuddles, her smells, her fuzzy head, her little fingers and toes as it's only a fleeting moment in her life ... they grow very fast :) A year from now, you'll look at her and say "Wow, I can't believe how fast you've grown!" (and every year after that ....) As a Mom of two girls (one is now 6 and one 4) I know this is something I think every birthday of theirs.

Congrats again and I'm so happy to hear she's doing well and will be home in a few days.

Enjoy her :)

 
At 12:21 PM, Blogger Joannefromcanada said...

Wonderful news. I've never felt so happy for a total stranger than after reading your recent post. Everything's gonna be alright. Enjoy every second with her. Best wishes Joanne

 
At 12:44 PM, Blogger Gemma Grace said...

Abundant joy to your lovely family!

 
At 12:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh how wonderful! I can't WAIT until you get to take her home and have her all to yourself.

Sarah in Missouri

 
At 12:46 PM, Anonymous Reeni said...

What a beautiful, precious little bundle of joy! She's gorgeous. So happy to hear she's Ok.

 
At 12:47 PM, Blogger Hapamama said...

Lucy! You're beautiful (of course!). What good news to hear that you're improving and that your parents are feeling better too! We feel honored to be witnessing these first days with you Little Lucy! WELCOME!!!

 
At 12:52 PM, Blogger Diana said...

Hi Shauna, I just finished reading your book (I adored the parts about you and your husband) and decided to go on to your blog. In doing so, I discovered that your baby shares my birthday:) Best wishes in everything, and especially for my little birthday twin.

 
At 1:07 PM, Anonymous jen said...

Wonderful, fabulous news. You have all been in my thoughts for a few days and was sending good energy your way. I am sooo happy for you all and wish you good health and much happiness always.

 
At 1:08 PM, Anonymous Stephanie/Idaho said...

So glad to hear the good news! I will continue to pray, for everything..... These are wonderful times, and because you seem to be a person who 'revels' in every detail, I know that you will enjoy every detail of being a mommy, and so I encourage you... To continue to find joy in the beauty/exhaustion/concern of being a mom. What a wonderful journey you are beginning...

Congratulations...again...Your daughter is blessed. As are you!

 
At 1:09 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

I have been checking frequently to find out how little Lucy is doing. It is as though you are family that I am praying for and waiting to see the prayers answered. They were!!

I am so happy for you both and your new family. I admire how even through a post I can sense the love between you and Chef. I am newly married with no children and I just so admire how even with this new life, this new dependent the two of you are cute as could be as husband and wife. Well done!

She is oh so beautiful and she looks so much like the two of you. A little bit of both! Congratulations!

 
At 1:16 PM, Blogger Daphne said...

Caloo, calay! Such fantastic news. Congratulations! She's lovely!! You must be so relieved and so proud.

 
At 1:21 PM, Blogger Kathryn said...

What wonderful news! So glad to hear that Lucy is breathing on her own.... What a determined little girl you have!

Kathryn

 
At 1:27 PM, Blogger tarambarker said...

Oh hooray!!! I got goosebumps when the page loaded and Lucy's beautiful face looked out at me, and my relief and excitement caught me a bit by surprise - I didn't realize how much I've already come to care for a little girl I'll never meet! I am so, SO happy for you three, and I know that things will only continue to get better for your precious family as the days progress.

Keep her close, and enjoy your babymoon. :)

 
At 1:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is truly joyous news! As a new mother (and one with Celiac to boot), I am thrilled beyond words for you both. I found myself holding my breath for you when I would click on your site for updates. Bravo Lucy! Bravo!

 
At 1:53 PM, Blogger danikaw said...

Oh, what fantastic news! I have been checking often and thinking of you all. What a huge relief. Now that she's breathing, I am sure she'll start eating soon.

Maybe our two Lucy's will meet one day, as we are Seattle-based too. Next time I see you from afar, I won't be so shy and will come say hello. Best wishes and hope you get to go home soon.

 
At 1:53 PM, Blogger Nita said...

I'm so relieved to hear this, I'm teary. Now, go! Have a wonderful life!

 
At 2:02 PM, Blogger MT aka hellokittiemama said...

She is gorgeous. Here's to... she will be home sooner than later :)

 
At 2:05 PM, Blogger Andrea said...

She looks like The Chef....
So glad she is doing better!!

 
At 2:06 PM, Blogger kerrie said...

yay, what great news! she looks beautiful.
i have my little lucie as well, and she lives up to the name - very feisty and a fighter too:).

 
At 2:30 PM, Blogger theater simpleton said...

Add my crowing of CALLOOO, CALLAY to the chorus, friends - (we'll get in harmony, eventually.)

Glad to hear that things are better , upswinging and stare-able. Our hearts all swelled and shrank with her every imagined breath with you, I think.

Lots of love from across the Seattle hills - from both of us to the three of you...

 
At 2:45 PM, Blogger Kelly said...

"Oh good" were the words that came out of my mouth when I read the title of your post after reading your last one. I've been sending warm thoughts from Michigan since then.

So glad everything is okay. Welcome to the world Lucy! You're a lucky gal to be part of such a loving family!

 
At 2:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So beautiful!! Thanks for sharing. I've been checking in often for updates, and am thrilled to see a photo and hear the wonderful news. Congratulations.
Rachel in Idaho

 
At 2:52 PM, Anonymous coastofcalifornia said...

Oh, Joy!

Sweet Lucy is here. And breathing. And dazzling in her tiny loveliness.

Yes.

 
At 3:16 PM, Blogger Mia said...

Oh thank goodness. I was looking every day to see what the scoop was...I'm SO happy. She's a beaut.

 
At 3:53 PM, Anonymous swirlingnotions said...

Hallelujah, hallelujah! I am so proud of you, Lucy, for learning to breathe. It's something you'll need to remember to do through all that life throws you in the years to come. And I'm so proud of your parents, for not wanting to escape the terrifying moments they've gone through over the past few days, but instead--as is so indicative of who your parents are--chose to slurp down all each moment had to offer, as painful as it may be, so that they could learn as much as they could from it, and, in turn, become even better parents to you. We all look forward to welcoming you ALL home!

 
At 4:43 PM, Blogger BealcA's Pad said...

Look what happened, I got so busy that I forgot to check and I am thankful that she is going to be ok.
U - 3 will have a joyous time getting acquainted with each other.

God bless

 
At 4:50 PM, Anonymous julie fuller said...

She is so beautiful, congratulations baby Lucy! Keep up the good work so you can get home soon :)

 
At 5:26 PM, Blogger Maria said...

Way to go Lucy! Well done Mamma and Poppa! I've been thinking about you a lot, even though I don't know you. Weird?! Nope, it takes a village, even a virtual one to raise a kid ;-)
Plus, I had a revelation in my own life this past weekend. Life is fragile, but I'm not, neither are you and your family. Enjoy falling in love all over again with Lucy!

 
At 5:33 PM, Blogger Jenn said...

Like everyone else here, I've been checking in often to see if there was an update, and am so thrilled, tears glistening on my cheeks at your happy news!

GO LUCY! Keep breathing and eating lots so you can go home!

Many blessings to all three of you, and thank you for sharing this journey with all of us. Know that you uplift us everyday, and we are glad to return the favor to send light and love your way.

 
At 5:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is hard to sum this all up, but I will just say....... yes!!!!!!!

 
At 6:09 PM, Blogger Seanie! said...

What fantastic news!

She is such a little sweet pea!

Congratulations again, and more love and light and all that goodness to see you all home soon!

 
At 6:14 PM, Blogger Ms. Jan said...

What a sweet little girl! The medical vortex for newborns can be fierce as both of our grandsons experienced. Hang in there and take that dollbaby home and enjoy!

 
At 6:17 PM, Anonymous Lacey said...

My heart jumped with joy when I saw an new picture of Lucy. What a beauty. I am so glad to hear that she is out of the NICU and that you will be able to return home soon.

 
At 6:20 PM, Anonymous Mary said...

I am so happy for you all! I am so glad she is doing so much better. I hope you are all at home soon. Your post brought back so many memories of when my son was in the NICU (we were really glad to leave too).

Lucy is a beautiful baby!

Take care of yourselves,
Mary

 
At 6:26 PM, Blogger Courtney said...

First time poster here, but love your writing. It is almost poetic!God bless baby Lucy! Welcome to parenthood...you will do what you need to do and that will last a lifetime with Lucy. It will never end. To be sassy here...ya'll are feeling the love! Take care, you already are a precious family!
Best wishes,
Courtney

 
At 6:41 PM, Blogger jzr said...

Such a beautiful child! So happy she's doing well!

 
At 6:44 PM, Blogger amanda said...

Well, thank goodness for that! Now you can properly enjoy this beautiful time.

 
At 6:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Lucy,

WELCOME! You are mere days old, yet you have a world full of friends!

What joy you bring!

Best wishes to you, and your mother and father!

 
At 6:54 PM, Blogger Cate said...

I was holding my breath for this post, and I am so glad to hear that she's doing better ... hoping you all get to go home very soon. :)

 
At 6:56 PM, Anonymous Vickiemarie said...

Oh oh oh! I've been WAITING for this post! Lucy is absolutely gorgeous, and I'm so happy that she's doing much better. Enjoy your new days together as a family, and know that you're surrounded by a whole virtual village of people who care deeply for you.

 
At 7:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so thankful she is okay. Ever since I read your post about Lucy I have been praying for her and you two alot. May God continue to pour blessings into your lives.
Michelle H

 
At 7:15 PM, Anonymous Odetta White said...

AWESOME! So glad to see a lovely little face and to read that she is coming along so well. Being her parents will bring you and the chef to a whole new level of partnership. Enjoy!

Odetta (Isaiah and Todd)

 
At 7:24 PM, Anonymous glutenfreeforgood said...

Savor every minute of this magical journey you're embarking on. Love to you all!
Melissa
P.S. My son and I are hiking the Colorado Trail. We just finished the Denver to Breckenridge segment a couple of days ago and it made me think of you and the Chef as we dropped into Breckenridge from over Georgia Pass. I immediately checked your blog to see if sweet baby bean had arrived. Congratulations!

 
At 7:29 PM, Blogger Caitlin said...

Callooh! Callay! I am so relieved! I was worried and was so glad to see such a glorious post about Lucy's health and safety. Much love!

 
At 7:43 PM, Blogger Gluti Girl said...

Praise God! I've been praying off and on since I heard the news of her rough start. Having a daughter myself, I know the love you feel for her and so does she!

 
At 7:48 PM, Blogger terry said...

oh, thank goodness all is well. i'm so happy for the three of you!

 
At 7:57 PM, OpenID looksgoodinpolkadots said...

She is amazing and beautiful. Keep making that MamaJuice for her and she will grow stronger everyday!

You won't look back at this as a bad memory... a difficult time, yes. But a time that was the first precious days of life with your new angel. A time that will always hold a bittersweet place in your hearts and minds. A time that you will never quite forget, but you will learn to live in spite of and not allow this time to live for you!

Life goes on. For you and for Lucy. Isn't that a grand and marvelous thing!

Congratulations to the three of you! A baby is such a joyous and wonderful thing to share with the love of your life!

-Jamie

 
At 7:58 PM, Blogger justo said...

This is joyous news! Congratulations again.

 
At 8:00 PM, Blogger mama o' the matrices said...

Hooray for Lucy! And of course, it's the feeding tube that's holding her back. But I'm betting that this doesn't become a bad memory - it becomes a touchstone.

Sometimes, our children take time out of their lives to remind us how to hold them, how precious they are and necessary. It surprises me not at all that Lucy wouldn't want to waste time on this one - clear it out of the way, and then get down to the business of living life.

clever girl, that one.

 
At 8:13 PM, Anonymous Stacie said...

Wonderful news...and she is beautiful!

 
At 9:06 PM, Anonymous Christine said...

She is lovely! Many, many congratulations! It really hit me when you used the phrase "medical vortex" to describe what happened to little Lucy. Something similar happened to my daughter right after her birth (she is now a happy and healthy 13 month old), and it was such traumatic experience for us, something that you obviously cannot prepare for, but something that you just get through, somehow, because you simply have to. I am so, so happy that she is doing well and wish you all a wonderful homecoming as a family of three! Hugs from Portland!

 
At 9:08 PM, Anonymous Angielala said...

Words cannot express how happy I am that your daughter is safe, doing better, and your family can soon go home to start your lives there!

 
At 9:47 PM, Blogger Gaile said...

oh what truly wonderful news to come home to. Over the moon for you both, for all three of you. Your lovely family will all be home soon. Yes. :)

 
At 10:30 PM, Anonymous smallbluebird said...

Dear Shauna..you have posted some beautiful photos on this blog. Scrumptious food, lovely vegetables and stunning fresh fruits but they all pale next to this photo of your beautiful little buttercup.
Get home soon Lucy, I hear that there are some red cowgirl boots that need growing into!

 
At 11:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic news re baby Lucy. Congratulations. With heaps of love and prayers to you from Sydney, Australia.

 
At 12:09 AM, Blogger Kate Tereza said...

I am so happy for You both and Your little girl. I am sure that she is going to be the happiest girl in the world. It can't be otherwise. She has such wonderful.... really, really wonderful parents.
Blessings.

 
At 1:19 AM, Blogger Jen said...

Phewww! Miss Lucy, you gave everyone quite a scare, esspecially your mom and dad - don't do that anymore! OK??? Just enjoy being a baby while wrapping daddy around your little finger and conspiring with mommy.

My thoughts and prayers are still with you to keep that sweet little girl gaining weight. Through the trials and tribulations of friends throughout the past 15 months, I have learned how truly miraculous babies can be! Enjoy your little miracle!

 
At 2:16 AM, Anonymous einat said...

I have just returned from abroad, and thus read the posts regarding Lucy's birth and the following days a little late. I've been inspired by you and your radiant personality and writings so much, that I just had to write immediately and send my deepest congratulations and blessings for the birth of your beautiful daughter. I am so happy that she is recovering quickly and beautifully, and not surprised at all that she has so much inner strength and feistiness in her - it seems she just takes after her parents...
I believe she is a truly blessed baby to have such a close, warm and loving family - many wishes for health and hapiness to you all.

 
At 3:41 AM, Blogger Gemma said...

I am so happy that she is doing fine now, she is a beautiful baby girl. Many congratulations to you all.

Gemma x

 
At 4:58 AM, Blogger Eden Sharpe said...

Congrats on your beautiful baby. May you be home soon.
Eden

 
At 5:10 AM, Blogger Janel said...

Congrats on your beautiful, baby girl!! She's got great karma to land such wonderful parents as you guys.

Your 1st post had me crying in worry and then the 2nd had me crying from joy. My heart and soul sing now that things are looking up for Lucy.

My first daughter had a feeding tube and had to be in the NICU just like Lucy. Sofia was so strong she pulled out her nasal feeding tube. A nurse told us the same thing they told you - the fighters survive.

Now, Sofia will be 2 years next month. I occasionally look at photos of her when she was first born to remind me how precious the gift of life truly is.

I'm now pregnant with our 2nd and due in December after losing a pregnancy last year and this one having a high risk for Down which thankfully turned out negative after testing.

Many blessings!

 
At 6:22 AM, Blogger Debbie said...

Shauna and the Chef,
Praise the Lord! I am go glad that she is out of the woods and doing well. Soon you will go home and this experience will be part of the past.

As they say, "What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger." You have learned lessons about life that most of us have not had the privilege to learn. I hope that you will share some of those lesson with the rest of us.

May you continue to be blessed.

 
At 6:29 AM, Anonymous Susan said...

I am so happy that everything is going so well. Lucy is very beautiful.

 
At 7:00 AM, Blogger stepmomof2 said...

Lucy is truly beautiful and I'm so glad that she's breathing on her own!

 
At 7:16 AM, Blogger Ms. George said...

She chortled in her joy upon reading this post, "How brillig!"
(Sorry, this English teacher can't resist a quote)

Wonderful news! What a beautiful picture of a sweet little face...the prayers are still going strong for you, Ahern family.

 
At 7:17 AM, OpenID carmencooks said...

I'm so, so glad. I was sending good thoughts your way and am happy to hear she is doing better. Continued good wishes to you and your family.

 
At 7:46 AM, Anonymous mommykatt said...

Callooh! Callay!

So wonderful to hear things are once again well in your world. May they only continue to improve for all three of you. Enjoy your babymoon!

Sending nothing but good thoughts, healthy vibes, and healing wishes you way...

Kathleen

 
At 7:50 AM, Anonymous Vanessa said...

Hooray, Lucy, keep it up! Think of all the wonderful food adventures that are ahead of her, this is just the first!

 
At 8:13 AM, Blogger Tamara said...

There's nothing that shakes you to the core like the fear of losing a child. I am so thankful to hear that baby Lucy is out of the woods and getting close to going home. What a blessed day that will be!

I love the name btw...my youngest is a Lucy. I read somewhere that it means "light", which seems so fitting. Congrats again on a beautiful baby!

 
At 8:13 AM, Anonymous Ana said...

She's GORGEOUS!!!

SO glad she's out of NICU and back where she belongs -in your arms. Glad to hear she's getting mommymilk, hope you get to BF too if that's what you want.

Enjoy the baby watching, we too couldn't stop staring at our baby girl when she was a newborn. Its like your own baby TV! ;)

Congratulations!

 
At 8:14 AM, Blogger Penny said...

Welcome to Miss Lucy!

She will learn and will grow. Many years ago, I spent 98 days in NICU after I was born (I was early, as I always am). A nurse helped me break out of there (her thumb may or may not have rested on the scale) and I've heard how joyed my mother was when I left that place and moved on to be a normal baby (albeit little).

{hugs} you are parents and enjoy every minute with your daughter.

may she bring you much joy and happiness.

 
At 8:39 AM, Anonymous Kelley said...

What a beautiful little miracle Lucy is! My thoughts and prayers continue for all three of you.

 
At 9:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Staring at your baby is the absolute best thing to do in the world. I still have very vivid memories doing that with our son; we could just stare and stare for hours on end. And sometimes, we can still do that nearly 5 years later (but now also with his little sister :) ) Of course, at this point they have to be sleeping, though :). What a miracle - in so many ways!

Lots of love and light to all three of you - and now let the real fun begin!

Juliet

 
At 10:23 AM, Blogger Terri said...

This news made my day! She is beautiful.

I just had my first baby myself and I never knew I could love someone so much.

Congrats!

 
At 10:46 AM, Blogger Layne said...

Oh how wonderful, I am so glad to hear the good news. My daughter was there, and it was incredibly scary. But look how well you have done! Each step in a child’s life is a treasure.
She is a fighter just like you momma.

You are surrounded by love and light, all of you, I wish you health and happiness, love and joy.

YES.

 
At 10:47 AM, Anonymous Rachel said...

Oh I knew she would want to get home soon! :-) I think you prove again what wonderful people you are by declaring you won't be fretting and fussing too much when she comes home, that is the medical team's job and if they think she's fine to come home then she's fine at home. Enjoy every single day with her, I look forward to hearing when she's finally sleeping in her own bed!

Congratulations on another milestone. Best wishes to you all, Rachel.

 
At 11:18 AM, Blogger Mary said...

Very first and foremost, Congratulations to the new family!

I'm breaking my lurking status finally because I just had to offer my own wishes for a happy, blessedly beautiful baby and to say that all three of you were in my thoughts all last week; hoping that the creation of the new family was going just the way that it needed to be. My own lil lady was born on the 21st of April, and the last three months have been a whirlwind of sleepy love, wonder, captivation and utter and true thankfulness. I can only hope that your next three months, and the three months after that and after that...are just as wonderful as these.

 
At 11:49 AM, Anonymous Dolores said...

Oh! she is BEATIFUL!!!! Congratulations!!!

 

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