Claire is a ROCKSTAR! I knew she would do great, but she is doing even better today than I imagined.
Claire was extubated around 2am. She had a couple of spells overnight where she was fighting the vent and getting really agitated. The pain meds were only lasting about an hour and she was breathing above the vent well, so they took it out. Within a couple of hours she was looking for a bottle. We held off on feeding her until the surgeons came to check on her this morning. Everything looked great and they said she could eat whatever she wanted. Daddy is feeding her the second small bottle of the morning right now.
The doctors also took out her catheter and arterial line. Claire is her usual wiggly self and she managed to dislodge the IV in her foot. They are going to try (for the second time) to get an IV so they can take out the line in her neck. Once the neck line and the chest tube are out (probably tomorrow morning) she'll be able to move to the Peds floor.
Thank you so much for the comments, emails and prayers! We appreciate them so much, and love you all!