I can't describe how happy I am!!! In my earlier post I mentioned that today was the day and indeed it was! Alyssa is doing so well. Today she was able to be moved on her side and tummy. The doctor removed her chest tubes! The nurse said she loved her tummy time. When the nurse put her on her stomach I realized that I had never seen her back. I got to see her perfect little butt. But the best part was when Alyssa opened her eyes when I was singing to her. It was truly an emotional moment - today was the first day I saw her with her eyes open. I was crying, my mom was crying and the nurses were crying. It just made me so happy to see her trying so hard to open her eyes to see me. My mom took this picture.So I thought that was my good thing for the day. But then...I got to pick her up!! The nurse asked if I wanted to help weigh her. I agreed (anything to help my little girl) and felt anxious, excited. It was so awesome. I was so overwhelmed with joy that I was able to hold my little girl. Yes I cried. But it was just so amazing to feel her in my hands. A bonus? She didn't get stressed out and remained stable while I held her. The nurse said that they weigh her every day after shift change so I am going to make sure I am there so I can hold her every day. I am so glad that the nurses involve me. Now I can hold her, change her diaper, put lotion on her and moisten her perfect little lips.
I am so thankful that God is taking care of my little girl. I know He has great plans for her and I am so thankful that He chose me to be her mommy. I am looking forward to more firsts!