Friday, 10 July 2009


Hello Everyone...

My deepest apologies for the delay in 'blogging' my phone has been down since the weekend so I haven't been able to access email to update my brother. You guys have been so great in following the blog and giving us such wonderful support and we are so grateful. We certainly haven't forgotten you!!

This has been possibly the craziest and most wonderful week of our lives.

Following the previous posting we returned to the high dependency to find that James had not been returned onto the Cpap ventilator. The nurses had decided to only have it there for 'rescue' in case he gets tired. James rose to the challenge and although he needed a few ours the following day it was bye bye Cpap FOREVER by Friday.

Then...he started thinking that milk really is yummy and demanding more and more of it. Everything they put through his NG tube into his little tummy he was eating! So they upped him by 3mls every 3 hours until he reached full feeds at 6am on Sunday morning. Throughout the night on Friday, Saturday and Sunday I was attempting to establish breast feeding which we FINALLY mastered at 3am on Sunday. James was so happy to be feeding well. Because he was clearly tolerating his feeds, by 9am Sunday morning we had said goodbye to the NG tube and hello to 'on demand breast feeding'. Things really do move quickly once you're on the home stretch.

They decided to let us 'room in' with James on the Monday night so we could establish feeding as would be achieved at home and to get us used to the lack of monitors. We loved this! We were with our baby boy with NO tubes and no one watching our every move. What a moment!

On Tuesday however we had a little bump in the road. Overnight James had managed to loose 100grams so they needed to monitor his weight a little closer. They decided that if he put on sufficient weight overnight that he could.........................wait for it.................go HOME!!! So as you can imagine we fed, fed and fed our baby boy, so much so that he did 10 poo's in a day.

Throughout the day on Tuesday and Wednesday we were taught how to bath, give mediation, recusitate and monitor baby James. Then there was the weigh in and.................. he had gained 45 grams. Thats all he needed and was DISCHARGED.

After 22 days in Neonatal Intensive Care,
3 Days in High Dependancy,
2 days in Special Care,
2 days - rooming in,
a total of 29 days on Hospital out baby has come home!

We are so proud that James is such a fighter. God has given us a miracle and we will be thankful for him every day. The staff at St Georges' have been wonderful and we will remain indebted to them always - Thank you!

We have made some great friends throughout this journey and are so grateful to all of you for your thoughts and prayers - they certainly got us through this roller coaster.

Thank you to all of you and I promise to post photo's and and update tomorrow. As you can imagine though we are totally shattered.

So delighted to sign off as a family at home..........

Mike, Beth and Baby James Michael Reeve


Anonymous said...

That is brilliant! I've been watching every post on here, and finally what everyone has prayed for has arrived!

Lots of love
Hannah Cole xx

Anonymous said...

Fantastic news. You are home at last! Try and get some rest Mummy Beth and Daddy Mike.

Best wishes Glenis, Barry and Lizzie

Maxton's Mommy said...

I have tears in my eyes!!! Thank God that sweet baby is home where he belongs!!! :-) Many prayers that little James continues to do well. I can't wait to see little pictures and one day I will travel across the pond to see the little guy!!!


Anonymous said...

Hi Guys,

I have been looking for updates constantly, including several times today thinking you must be blogging again soon! I did however assume no news was good news, and it is just FANTASTIC news. Emily is on her Duke of Edinburgh hike so I won't be able to tell her til tomorrow, but I know she will be as excited as me. I am so happy that this journey has been relatively short, though at times it must have seemed endless to you. I am so so happy for you all, and now can't wait til we can meet your gorgeous amazing little boy. Big big kisses for everyone.

Sue xxxxxxxxxxxx

Candice and Rob Beal said...

I am so happy for yall. He wasn't even in there a month! HOw wonderful! That is just awesome. Way to go Mr. James!

Anonymous said...

Praise God!

Anonymous said...

This is amazing news!!! We are so happy that y'all are home with Baby James!

Chanda D Brady said...

I am so happy to hear he is home!!! He is such a miracle!!!!

Vince and Patty said...

Congratulations!! We are so happy for you all and the amazing progress that has been made! Cherish every moment of it!

:-) Patty, Vince, and Charlie

Shawn said...

Oh I can't tell you how happy I am for y'all. Praise God!!! I know that Kamryn won't be too far behind him.

Much love to you and James. I know deep in my heart that James and Kamryn will meet some day!!!


Anonymous said...

Wow. That is so amazing!!!
It was a tough ride, but you all got through it, i'm so happy that it has gone so well, and that you have the beautiful baby boy you deserve.
Can't wait to meet him :).
lots of love
Alice H :D

brad.kellie.carter.lucy said...

Congratulations! I have just come across your blog and will continue to follow your story. We'll be thinking of you as you settle in at home :)

Alex & Ingrid Houchin said...

So great to hear that little James has come home. What a fighter! Looking forward to the pictures from home.

clare hyatt said...

wonderful news home at last !congratulations , he is an amazing baby boy-have been watching and praying for you all since the first days so glad you are all home at last cant wait to see baby james and see more pictures..clare ,andy and nathan xxx