Now let me add a little more drama to this story! While all this was going on with Rayleigh I had Brant at home. Ten days later, Tessa was discharged, but if you remember, Tessa stopped eating and was dehydrated and constipated and had to be admitted to Children's NICU. So I had Brant at home, Tessa at Children's, and Mia, Gracie, & Rayleigh at Baylor and I thought Rayleigh was going to die! (Eventually I had Brant at home, Tessa and Rayleigh at Children's, and Mia and Gracie at Baylor.) And, the day after Rayleigh's heart procedure, was my sister, Kayla's, wedding! I was not sleeping at night because Brant wouldn't sleep and I was going between 2 hospitals during the day. I seriously thought I was going to lose my mind! And I know they only way I survived that time without going crazy was by the grace of God! So many people were praying for us and I could feel those prayers. I also had so much support from my family and friends and they helped me so much. Trust me, prayers really work!
After Rayleigh's heart procedure, she stayed a couple of days at Children's for observation then they transported her back to Baylor. After closing the PDA, Rayleigh was pretty much immediately better. She was off oxygen in about a week; it was amazing! She was still struggling to eat, so the doctors decided to give her a g-tube, for back-up, that way she could go home. The day she was released was so bittersweet for me. There were times when I honestly didn't think I was going to take all five of my babies home. Our NICU journey was much harder and longer than I had ever imagined. I was thankful God had taken care of the babies and that they were over-all healthy! I was also so sad to say good-bye to our NICU nurses/family. Our nurses were absolutely amazing. I don't know what I would have done without them. They will always hold a very special place in my heart!
Today, Rayleigh is a healthy growing girl. She is much quieter than all the other babies. She likes to play by herself a lot. She is a total mama's girl (and I love every second of it!). She has a ton of long brown hair and it is wild! She has big beautiful brown eyes. She is sweet and has a beautiful little grin. She is a little mischievous. Even though she's only 2 minutes younger than Gracie, she's the baby of the family and we're so thankful she's here and healthy.
The day Rayleigh came home was such a joyous day. No more being away from my babies. No more splitting my time between home and the hospital. We had finally arrived at the moment that doctors first told us was impossible; we brought FIVE babies home from the hospital and they were all healthy and beautiful little blessings!
|She came home in a beautiful yellow smocked dress.|
|She loves her Ellie paci|
|She has the darkest complexion out of all my kids!|
|Rayleigh's always been the hardest quint to get to smile.|
|I always save my yellow M&M's for last because yellow is my favorite M&M color. It's only fitting that Baby Cinco is the yellow M&M.|
|Snuggling with daddy- we had to take her to the ER because she got really sick with a upper respiratory infection.|
|Learning to eat.|
|Too cool for words!|
|She's the only quint who had to wear a helmet.|
|Helmet or not...she was going to have a bow on her head! lol|
|Sticking her tongue out|
|Unhappy little girl|
|Her hair was so long it practically covered up the helmet.|
|Helping mama support the Mean Green!|
|Pouty face... she's good about pouting and making you feel sorry for her.|
|Wild curly hair!|
|Beautiful little princess|
|Her funny face|
|She loves to stick her tongue out.|
|Climbing partners! (R&G)|
|Growing up too fast!|
We're so glad you're home and healthy! You are such a blessing and we're so thankful God gave you to us to love!