Monday, October 06, 2008

A Surreal Day

What a day!!!!! I think that pictures can tell it best:

Getting in some good snuggles.
Yes, she's smiling!!!
She decided yesterday that she was ready to share some smiles.
She's still stingy with them, but these are the first smiles she's given out since May! There is nothing more beautiful than her smile! I thought my heart was going to explode when she smiled at me today!

All packed up!
Can you read the sign?
It says:
"I'm leaving Primary Children's after 143 days!"
Unbelievable!! I didn't think this day would ever come!

We weren't the only ones that were excited that this actually happened today!
I couldn't stop crying, I'm such a baby!

Getting loaded into the ambulance for the transfer.

Ready to go to South Davis!!

Getting settled into her new bed. They'll soon learn to put pink blankets on her bed. The blue (and some purples) don't compliment her skin tone.
She was behaving herself without the no-no's for a minute.

She loves her mobile!!
She's getting so big, she weighs 16.5 lbs!

Such a pretty girl! I love her eyes, she's getting so expressive.

This is another one of her new tricks, she loves to blow raspberries. She was doing it all day long today. She's so funny!

Can you believe this? She's holding her rattle all by herself and moving it around. She never ceases to amaze me!

Words just cannot fully express how I'm feeling today. I am so blessed. I know that I've witnessed a miracle. I am so proud of Elaina, she amazes me each and every day. My heart is full of love for this sweet soul that has graced my life. I know that my Heavenly Father hears and answers prayers. I see His hand in my life on a daily basis and I am so grateful for it. Today starts a new chapter in our lives, I hope and pray that we continue on this road to recovery and that home can be in our future.


Kathy said...

YEAH for Elaina!!!
I hope you all got settled in and South Davis is as wonderful as you envisioned. you sleep over there?? I just wish they'd send her home with a nurse's too hard to take care of both kids! GEEZ!
She looks amazing...looks like she's getting plenty to eat! and shaking her rattle...she's ready for toys for Christmas!!!
Thanks for sharing!

Mike and Rebecca said...

I am so happy that Elaina has my the move to South Davis! I pray that she will continue to recover well enough to come home at some point soon.


Tina:0) said...

Oh, how wonderful! One step closer to home!!! I do agree, though, they need to get some PINK under her!! She's a GIRL so we need pink!!

Sending hugs all around!

Auntie Liz said...

CONGRATULATIONS, ELAINA!!! What a big girl! We are so happy for your graduation day and hope you love your nurses at South Davis. Hopefully we'll get to visit you there soon.
Auntie Liz & Uncle John

The Hood's said...

Congrats on the move! She looks great. Maybe a change of scenery will do a world of good! PCMC is wonderful, but 143 days is too long to spend there!! Good luck to you guys. We are in WX, so let us know if we can help!
Gary, Camille, Sam and Alex

Stephanie said...

Happy transfer day! One baby step at a time, right? It is really strange to be walking out of the hospital with her, isn't it? I hope you continue to see her getting stronger and improving each day. I hope the nurses at South Davis are friendly and it doesn't take you too long to 'break them in!'

Cindy said...

Yay! I wondered if she were being moved soon when I drove by South Davis yesterday. Glad to hear she was.

Cindy (Dylan's mom)

Christina said...

Congratulations on the big move. I hope everything goes smoothly for a good transition to home. Thinking of you guys!

Hugs & Prayers,

carolyn q said...

As much as there is amazement to Elania and all that has taken place in her life, I have to let you know how amazed I am by you. I love you like a sister and you have inspired me more than you know. I pray that things will continue to go well for Elaina and before you know it . .well, I am holding out for the day you have her home.
Heart Hugs,

Mimi said...


The Brimleys said...

I can't believe how chunky she is getting! Thats so great!
Love ya

Kelly said...

Wahoo! What a great day for both of you! What an incredible journey you have been on. Hopefully South Davis is a stepping stone to home. Good luck!

Mami Adame said...

Wow! How exciting! Almost home!

Hilary said...

Oh Holly I am so happy for you both!!! She is so amazing and you are so amazing!! I don't know if I am more excited that you are now at South Davis or that she smiled!!!! Those smile have a way of making everything all better. I am so happy for you. Thanks for taking this journey with us. You will have to stop in and say hello. Much love, Hilary

The Portas said...

YAHOO is right!! What wonderful news to read today. I'm so sooo happy for you. What a strong little girl you have. You most definitely have reason to be such a proud mommy.

I love the pics! She is so dang cute and chunky. What a little sweetie pie.

Sending up many prayers for you, that recovery continues to go well and that Elaina settles into her new home nicely. xoxoxo

Ryan & Brytten Pettit said...

Yea, we are officially all out of our beautiful house on the hill, at least for now! love you lots, lets play!

Djinni said...

I am so EXCITED for you! Finally the day you have been waiting for so long actually happened. You SO, deserve all the Miracles that have come your way. I hope and pray you continue to receive many more miracles to come. I love the bumper pads on her new bed, they look much more comfortable. I hope you are more comfortable now and eventally even more comfortable when she comes _ _ _ _.
(sorry, I don't want to jinx anything, I hope I haven't by thinking it). I just get so hopeful for Elaina when things are going good. Love Djinni

Gourley Fam said...

Wow!!! Congratulations Elaina! We are excited for you and this next step in going home!!!!

Aimee and Hardy said...

Congrats! She looks so great. We'll try to come visit some time when we are in Bountiful.


Vanessa said...

I am so late on reading this post but I am so excited Elaina is out of the hospital! This is a new journey for you all.