Baby Braden Petska

Monday, August 28, 2006

Happy Monday....

.....And happy it has been! We have finally been able to hold our little man today :-) I can't even begin to describe what an awesome feeling it is to FINALLY be able to hold the precious baby we've only been able to look at and touch for over a week.

With such a rough night with withdrawls and shallow breathing, Rich and I were reluctant to leave Braden last night. Much to our surprise, when we got to the hospital this morning, they had already removed his three chest tubes and catheter (sp?). Removing the chest tubes and continuing some breathing treatments have really helped Braden's lungs open up. We even heard him cry today.....something I never knew I'd wish and pray to hear. They will hopefully be able to start feeding him today. Unfortunately, the feeding part isn't as easy as it sounds. Since Braden has had the breathing tube in and has had constant suctioning, he relates anything in his mouth as negative stimuli. They will start the feeding through a tube in his nose and then they will begin certain techniques to help him associate oral stimuli with fullness in his belly.

I want to comment on Rich's blog last night when he mentioned our strength through all of this. I actually owe much of my strength to him. He reassures me that everything that's going on is "typical" with the recovery process; he's my navigator when walking through the hospital (it's like a city within a building); he has been my brain when I can no longer think; he has dried my tears and washed away my fears. I am so blessed to have Rich by my side through all of this.

I want to continue to thank all of you for your continued support, love, and prayers. We are blown away with the amount of prayers that God has been receiving in the name of Braden and his recovery. As much as you love our updates, we look forward to reading the comments and our e-mails. They continue to bring us joy each day.

Please keep us in your prayers.
Love to all of you,
Steph, Rich, and Braden


Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad to hear that you were able to hold Braden today. I hope that you were able to get pictures!!
I'm missing you all already.
Love Auntie Marci

3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uncle Dale just returned from 5 days of fishing in Northern Wis and when I would call home to talk to Cheryl I would ask how the little fighter was doing. Too bad my Lions wouldn't fight that hard as they might stand a chance at beating the Packers.
Did Grandma Patsy get to hold that beautiful little grandchild yet?
Thanks alot for all of the updates as we certainly enjoy reading them as we continue to pray for his fast recovery.
Love always-Uncle Dale and Aunt Cheryl

3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great way for me to begin the week--first learning the breathing tube was removed and then learning you were able to hold Braden! We continue to ask God's blessing on your family and Braden's doctors and nurses. Thank you so much for continuing to keep those of us away in the loop! We look forward to the day we can visit you.

Love and Blessings,
Lisa and Dennis

4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so glad that you two were finally able to hold him today. And with those tubes finally out, you can finally see that beautiful little face. It helped so much seeing you three this weekend. I think that I had forgotten just how strong you really are. I know that God is taking care of Braden, and before you know it, you will be at home with him wishing that he would stop crying!
Love ya's, Tricia

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Uncle Lar and Aunt Gooch said...

Mondays never seemed to be our favorite day of the week but all we can say is "HALLELUJAH"! I even had to look up the spelling of that word in the dictionary.
Uncle Lar, Aunt Gooch, Katie & Tim

6:20 PM  
Blogger Carla said...

Oh Steph, I am so happy to hear you and Rich were finally able to get that long awaited snuggle with your little angel. As I told the family at the prayer service on Thursday, you have lost your nick Braden is now our little "Tuffy". I am amazed at his progess, his will and determination especially to breeze through and end up ahead of schedule. I look forward to the upcoming news and blog updates. And how about the RMH? Is it the most amazing place or what? Our stay there was unbelievable, an experience I'll never forget.
Give little Tuffy and smooch from the Ericksons. Sending love, hugs and prayers to you all.

Steve, Carla, Nick, Mitch and Kelli

6:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great news....we are sure this is the bigining of Braden recovery, soon he will be home.
Our daily prayers are with you all.
We look fordward to the updates.
Lots of love La Combe's from Cal.

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your story has been a blessing to all who have been "watching". You deserve nothing but happiness. Love to all of you.

Judy Linsky

6:55 PM  
Anonymous Aunt Pam said...

Finally I sit at my computer and cry tears of joy instead of fear! I am so happy that you got to finally hold your guy and hear him cry! What a fantastic day. Thanks for the blog updates, that takes so much courage to sit down and write about all of this, you guys are the best. Nobody gives themselves enough credit for being strong until it comes to our children, then look out you can move mountains. Braden is a strong guy because of the parents he has and I am sure he is a bit stubborn too, (sorry Steph that is in his genes). He needs to get home soon, he has a big decision to make....Bears or Packers! Love you guys!!!!!!

7:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steph, I am giving thanks as we speak to the good Lord for all the beautiful miracles your little Braden is showing to all of us. You hold a special spot in our hearts and like everyone else, you and and Rich and Braden are in our prayers and thoughts!God Bless the three of you! Sharon and Lorn

7:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What awesome news today! Our prayers are being lifted to a God who can do anything! I can't imagine waiting a whole week to hold your sweet little guy.... will continue praying for Braden's smooth recovery and that he'll catch on to eating as fast as I did! :-)

love Georgie

9:07 PM  
Anonymous The Braden Family said...

Dear Rich and Steph,
We are so glad to hear the great news! Holding your baby for the first time is amazing,huh? You will remember this day for the rest of your lives as if it was yesterday.
You know Ray and I have had our hard times but I learned that when we really need eachother is when we realize what we already have and appreciate it the most. I am so happy to hear that when the going got tough you got tougher...together. It warmed my heart to her Steph say such wonderful words to Rich! What a gift! Do not act as though you are "doing what any parent would do." You two are amazing people...parents. You deserve the praise from the people who love you. I learned from my experience with Lexie that not all parents put their children before themselves. Ray and I are so proud to be your friends!!!

Love, The Braden Family

9:08 PM  
Blogger Jodi Ivanchenko said...

Every moment is going to be so special, but holding him for the first time will stick with you the rest of your life. It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about that moment for you guys. I can't wait to hear about the million of other firsts that you will have and hold dear in his lifetime. I still can NOT wait to meet him!! Keep hanging in there. Love, Jodi

9:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Braden, keep up the good work, fella. Eating is great, you'll love it, besides you have to do it to get big and strong. I've been checking in on you every day thanks to your Mom and Dad with your blog. Isn't technology great! We're all pulling for you and your in our prayers. Love to you all, Jean Ann & family

10:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To our brave friends:
We think and pray for you daily. I am so glad that you have finally held your little trooper! I am sure that he could feel how much love he has waiting for him when you held him! May God continue to give you the strength you need during this time. Can't wait to meet Braden! Give him a big high five for his bravery for us!
Kory, Lisa & Evan Glen

10:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My family and I are keeping you and Braden in our thoughts and prayers. It must be encouraging to know that he's recovering so well! For people looking for some way to help, let's not forget Ronald McDonald House. When my little nephew experienced complications at birth, my sister's family stayed there too. They provide a much needed service!

Keep the faith-

Marcia Lauzon

8:30 AM  

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