Sweet Words

I’m sorely behind on updates about our NICU journey. Speaking of sore, my recovery has been more challenging after an emergency C-section. It’s been a roller coaster for sure and I hope to catch up at some point. I’ve got some great stories in the hopper.

But today I received fantastic news when I walked into the NICU.

The cardiology team rounded this morning and told our nurse to begin treating Becky like a normal baby. A normal baby! When Eileen told me, I cried and we hugged. So non-Covid. It was such a great moment.

What does a normal baby in the very non-normal ICU look like?

Normal babies wear funny hats designed by their nurses. Normal babies wear little white shirts and are swaddled in blankets. Normal babies can begin being fed by their mom. Normal babies get sponge baths on Friday nights (no pictures because I was too busy applying delicious pink lotion on every spot of open skin I could find).

Normal babies don’t need cardiac or abdominal surgery before going home from the hospital. Becky still has cardiac issues but these will be addressed in the weeks and months to come. Her abdominal situation appears normal and food is flowing from top to bottom. Literally.

Becky still has work to do. They will try to wean her off oxygen before going home. We need to establish good feeding patterns. But Rauch children could go professional in the eating arena so let’s hope Becky is like her siblings. A best guess estimate in that we may be able to take her home in about one week. In a car seat. Like a normal baby.

One more thing. Normal babies make fall crafts with their nurse.

Normal. What a sweet word!

17 thoughts on “Sweet Words

  1. Holy joy! I was wondering what was going on with Ocha’s heart. Good to know. I love normal.

    On Saturday, October 17, 2020, The Refillable Glass wrote:

    > Kathleen Rauch posted: ” I’m sorely behind on updates about our NICU > journey. Speaking of sore, my recovery has been more challenging after an > emergency C-section. It’s been a roller coaster for sure and I hope to > catch up at some point. I’ve got some great stories in the hopper” >

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  2. We are overjoyed at this news about Becky❤ & are sure the 3 Ms did their part too. Take care of yourself-you need all your energy. love, Aunt Barbara, Aunt Cynthia & Uncle Jon

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  3. Absolutely great news. Love that little miracle already and haven’t even met her. Love to you all. Continued prayers.

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  4. God is so, so good! So amazing, pretty girl. 💘 We’ll take all the normal God will give us! Love the hat, love the sweet apple cheeks, love the Fall crafts, love that tears of joy can wash away the storm clouds that hung over this tiny sweet head. Hug and snuggle, Mama. Time for joy! 💓💓💓

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  5. What wonderful news. So many prayers answered. I’m sure the Rauch gang can’t wait to have their baby sister home! I’d say little Becky is definitely a miracle Child in so many ways.
    I know you can mentally rest a lot easier now. I hope you feel better soon. God bless.

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  6. ps: Autumn is our favorite time, & Halloween & Thanksgiving is Uncle Jon’s favorite holiday. He really liked Becky’s pumpkin!! He is sure that Becky will love this time also-just think of the various cakes you can make her.😀❤

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  7. Becky is certainly proof that prayers for miracles do happen. I almost feel that I can let out my breathe
    after reading this blog.

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