Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Isn't this so sweet! I love how her tiny fingers curl around my finger.
I think we tuckered her out, poor little thing. Actually, preemies let you know that they are done by yawning, or with hick-ups. They will even stick their hands stright up in the air like they are saying stop. We try to pay close attention to her behaviors so we can do the right thing for her.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Elli did love her first tub bath. I would too if I were her. We wrapped her up in a nice warm blanket and then put her into the warm water. She seemed very pleased as we cleaned her up with cotton balls. She didn't fuss until we had to take her out of the blanket to put her into a dry one. It got a bit nippy for a few seconds, but in no time she was back in her heated bed, cozy and warm in her cute pink blankets.
Birthday pictures are still coming..... I promise!
Monday, October 22, 2007
Elli looks so cute in her little Halloween onesie. We do have a Halloween costume for her, you'll all have come back again to see her all dressed up. I am also going to have some birthday pictures taken. Hopefully I can update you in a couple of days.
Elli does have a few challenges to overcome right now. We have been assured by the doctor that all she needs is time to grow and mature. If you could remember her in your prayers, she needs her eyes to continue to develop normally, as of right now she may end up with with little or no peripheral vision. She also has the fragile bones, and needs her ability to absorb calcium to increase. And she simply needs to grow and gain weight to help her come off the ventilator. We are grateful for your love and willingness to remember us. With everyone's faith combined, miracles are happening. Thank you!!!!!!
Monday, October 15, 2007
- Elli weighed 1 lb. 2 1/2 oz. when she was born. She doubled her weight the first week of October. She now weighs 2 lbs. 12 oz.
- She breaths on her own about 95%, she stills needs a little help from the ventilator when she exhales. And when she is tuckered out. It's hard work for her, but she is doing great!
- Last Friday they pulled her breathing tube and let her try what is called C-PAP (I'm not sure if that is how it is written). Basically she had a little help taking a breath, but did everything else by herself. She stayed on the machine for about 6 hours, which the staff said was a great first try.
- I don't think this qualifies as a milestone, but her hair is getting thicker and longer. I just think it's really cute!!
This is the photo taken by the nurses for the cute scrapbook page they made her for her one month birthday. Knowing that Elli's daddy is an accountant the scrapbook page read: "This darling little dividend is worth more than 100 grand. She will bring joy throughout the land. (And a tax deduction)" We got a good laugh out of it!
Elli's 2 month birthday is coming up next week, we will post some birthday pictures again soon.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
She really enjoys listening to her big brother. If she is awake she will look in his direction with the sweetest contented look on her face. If she is asleep while he talks you can watch her stats stay level or sometimes they even get better. She knows who he is, and is happy when he's around.Elli was transported by ambulance to McKay Dee hospital in Ogden where she had her PDA repaired. (her heart murmur) She was 2 weeks old and only weighed around 1 and 1/2 pounds. We were really nervous about the whole thing, but in the end it wasn't as scary as we thought. She did marvelous. She now has a very healthy heart with a little tiny piece of titanium hardware that shows up on her x-rays. These 2 pictures show the life flight team placing Elli in the portable incubator. It took about 45 minutes to get her into the bed and stabilized so they could go down to the ambulance. It is very nerve racking to watch your baby drive away, but we couldn't have asked for better people to care for her both in the ambulance and at McKay Dee. We were very glad to get to our NICU though. It is our second home right now, and we really enjoy the staff there.
We will have some up to date pictures soon, please come back again.