Last photos

These are the last pictures we took of Zoë. They were taken on Jan. 19 and 20. I downloaded them from the camera weeks ago, but just hadn’t gotten around to adding them. I’ll move them to the gallery in a few days.

When Shannon started cleaning her mouth with that bit of gauze dampened with sterile water, she tried to suck on it (I went and bought her a NICU pacifier the next day, but it wouldn’t fit between the sides of the logan’s bow holding her breathing tube so she never got to try it). Her O2 stats went up and her heart rate leveled off nicely. She may have fussed when others “messed” with her, but not when her Daddy did. Then, when he wrapped his hand around her whole torso…that came in a close second to the effect of my holding her. All of her alarms stopped going off, she closed her eyes and went right to sleep. She loved having him around. Even the sound of his voice had a calming effect on her.

That’s my mama’s hand on my back

Daddy’s hand is big and strong and safe

I can almost see you! this!

13 Responses so far »

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    Stacie said,

    February 20, 2008 @ 12:09 pm

    I’m tearing up just looking at these. What a beautiful little girl she was.

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    meg said,

    February 20, 2008 @ 12:15 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I have been crying reading this post. She was such a sweet little girl and fought so hard.

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    tash said,

    February 20, 2008 @ 12:53 pm

    sweet zoe, indeed. Lovely photos. I’m so sorry.

  4. 4

    bits of myself said,

    February 20, 2008 @ 3:21 pm

    i love the first one with her little hand up by her ear. so, so precious!

  5. 5

    Mel said,

    February 20, 2008 @ 3:29 pm

    What gorgeous pictures of a gorgeous girl.

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    staciet said,

    February 20, 2008 @ 3:51 pm

    Such sweet photos. Your description of how well she did while you touched her says it all…she really did love her mommy and daddy.

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    Babyamore (Trish) said,

    February 20, 2008 @ 4:34 pm

    what beautiful pictures of sweet Zoe – yes the first one is so adorable with the little hand.

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    kim said,

    February 20, 2008 @ 8:36 pm


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    Brandy said,

    February 21, 2008 @ 11:38 am

    Zoe was a beautiful little girl. Thank you for sharing these pictures of her.

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    Ann said,

    February 22, 2008 @ 10:14 pm

    Thank you, they’re beautiful pictures. What a beautiful girl.

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    Katie said,

    March 3, 2008 @ 9:41 am

    Oh, she was just so beautiful. Thank you for sharing them. I love the one with your hand and also the one with your husband’s. She had too short of a life, but boy, was she so loved during those too few days. And she knew it. She felt it. That’s why only you two could calm her.

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    Jill said,

    May 28, 2008 @ 2:21 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss! Sweet Zoe was darling.

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    kate said,

    May 29, 2008 @ 10:43 am

    My heart is breaking for you. All I can say is that I’m sending thoughts your way. I am so sorry for your loss.

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