I had a visit with Gwyneth around 8:45pm this evening with a few friends. Just as I was headed out of her room, her nurse told me that she had more good news (yes, more as in Gwyneth is doing that well). The blood tests had come back all negative for any infectious viruses, and she was not longer on "no contact". That was good news, I thought to myself...it meant I'd no longer have to wear the hot sweaty gloves and gown to see my baby girl.
And then, it dawned on me...that also meant that I could, for the first time, touch Gwyneth skin to skin.
I quickly ripped off the gloves, opened her incubator with trembling hands, and cried beautiful tears of joy and relief...
(Be sure to click on this last picture and see the incredible details of her fingers on mine)
I am still crying right now as I offer these pictures for the world to see. This was one of the most humbling moments of my entire life.
She is doing so well that they're moving her early tomorrow morning (actually today) from isolation to a common room with another baby or two! I serve a God of miracles.
After spending time with Gwyneth, I grabbed my guitar and went to Tricia's room and spent about 35 minutes playing and singing to/for her and God. During that time, I watched as her heart rate slowly decreased from 112 to 106. She is still on sedatives, and it may be a few more days before she can be fully awake to learn of all that has happened.
Here are the lyrics to one of the songs I sang tonight.
Falling on my knees in worship
Giving all I am to seek Your face
Lord, all I am is Yours
My whole life
I place in Your hands
God of mercy
Humbled I bow down
In Your presence at Your throne
And You came to my rescue
And I, I wanna be where You are
In my life be lifted high
In our world be lifted high
In our love be lifted high