What an eventful day! Not only did Claire get off the respirator, but James and I also got to hold her and then the nurse fed her for the first time. She gave her a little bit of Pedialyte. Claire didn't like the bottle being in her mouth at all (she just got rid of all those tubes that were in there), but she eventually started chewing on it and then swallowed a few sips. She sputtered and coughed a bit -- she has to learn to breathe, suck, and swallow. They are going to try giving her some milk tomorrow. The nurse said she may have to have a feeding tube until she learns to eat so that she will not lose weight. They are also going to leave the PICC line in just in case they need to keep feeding her that way like they have been doing since the beginning.
A nice lady from the Birmingham Smocking Arts Guild gave Claire a beautiful handmade dress. When we got there this evening the nurses had dressed her in it along with frilly socks and a white hairbow. She looked very fancy.
I went crazy taking pictures today. There are loads of them here.