The View

So much has happened in the last 24 hours. It’s hard to know where to start. Perhaps with a bird’s eye view.

Mighty cute baby down below. Becky is making great progress.

Today’s big event was our getting to hold our precious little one for the first time. Sam and I sat in the NICU for four hours last night, hoping for a chance to hold her. But it is a complicated process to move her from her bed to our laps and it just wasn’t possible.

When the nurse takes an assessment, Becky needs to be totally calm. They are monitoring oxygen levels and blood pressures both in her upper and lower body. Even a slight deviation between the measurements would be cause for concern. Hence she needs to be very calm and not agitated in any way. She looks pretty chill here.

But this has been hard for us. Imagine receiving the greatest but most unexpected gift imaginable. And it is right before you on a shelf. Guarded with a DO NOT TOUCH sign. We have been looking at her and watching her. But, until today, we couldn’t hold her.

But then the moment came. Ladies first.

The nurse was amazed at how Becky’s vital signs improved as we held her. Well, of course they did. She knows her people.

All is going well at home. My sister is super aunt and Johnny is taking in a rocking show-and-tell item tomorrow. Kind friends have been feeding our family so they don’t have to break into the freezer full of food from my folks. We have enjoyed phone calls with family and Hangouts video sessions.

We even managed to attend Josephine’s Parent Teacher Conferences via Zoom from the NICU, which might have freaked out a couple teachers unaware of our family circumstances. Tonight, I spoke briefly with my older brother Dennis. I caught him on the golf course. I asked how his game was and he replied, “I missed my birdie put, hit my drive right, but I didn’t have a C-section. So I’m okay.”

A good perspective.

11 thoughts on “The View

  1. Becky is darling!! My heart longs to hold her and kiss those cheeks just from your photos.
    Your family is a rock. I love them.
    I pray for Becky and Team Rauch often!

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  2. So amazing. You are like a movie!

    On Thu, Oct 15, 2020 at 10:58 PM The Refillable Glass wrote:

    > Kathleen Rauch posted: ” So much has happened in the last 24 hours. It’s > hard to know where to start. Perhaps with a bird’s eye view. Mighty cute > baby down below. Becky is making great progress. Today’s big event was our > getting to hold our precious little one for ” >

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  3. What beautiful photos of beautiful Becky. I must admit I cannot say her name without some emotion. I am grateful for your updates and I’m so glad you and Sam we’re able to hold your precious child.

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  4. Oh my goodness! First off, CONGRATULATIONS! Becky is just about as “Fighting Irish” as they come!
    I cannot begin to fully appreciate what you have been going through, and am so grateful that you are surrounded by so much love and support. Becky knows her people indeed! What a day to celebrate…a true gift.

    So, I think it’s been at least 3 Rauch babies worth of time since we’ve connected…holy moly! Fortunately, we have a wonderful mutual pal, Susie Miller, who let me know what was up and shared Greta’s Facebook post and link to your blog. I spent the better part of the other night getting up to speed. I just want you to know that you have a team of Deckers sending all the good stuff your way.

    Sweet, strong, baby Becky, you’ve got so many in your corner…keep up the good fight. Kathleen and Sam, sending you so much love. Hope to connect in real life when the world is back to “normal”!
    Love,
    Deb, Mike, Jack (16) and Emily (13)

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  5. I can only imagine how exciting it was for you and Sam holding Becky for the first time, she’s beautiful! So happy she’s doing so well. Hope you’re feeling better every day and getting some rest! I love all your blogs!

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  6. Becky is so precious! I can’t imagine having to wait so long to hold her. I’m not surprised that her vitals improved in her mommy and daddy’s arms. As you said she knows your voices and feels your love. I’m so happy to hear she’s improving every day. God’s in control. You’ve got this!! 💞🤗

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  7. Hello! Aunt Barbara says “that this baby will give you more pleasure than you can imagine. Believe me, I know.”❤

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