Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas

We loved having Jadyn here with us for Christmas. She was the best present ever! Christmas was pretty quiet this year. Just the three of us...but it was great! I couldn't feel more blessed. Can't wait to see what this next year brings!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Welcome Home

Well Jadyn FINALLY made her arrival home after spending 10 weeks and 4 days in the NICU.

First ride in the car

  Getting ready to come home

Family Photo
(Notice no cords for the first time)
 We couldn't be more excited! She is a healthy, happy girl. She is still anemic and still has fluid in her belly, but after everything we went through we find these two things very very minor. She does not have Turner's Syndrome or Cerebral Palsy or any brain damage that they thought that she might. She is our little miracle baby and we feel so blessed!!. I feel like a say this alot but I don't think you can say it enough... Thanks for everyones prayers and support! We love having her home :)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Exciting News!!!

I am so happy to announce that Jadyn is doing so good! It was hard when she wasn't able to come home on her due date. I had to find a whole new level of patience. 

Yesterday we started a trial run of feeding her according to her own schedule instead of feeding her every 3 hours whether she was awake or not (through her tube). The only condition to pass this test was that she has to wake up and take everything my mouth - no feeding tube. I knew she could do it and was really pushing for them to give her this chance.
She has done amazing so far and this is a huge and final step in her coming home!!!
If she keeps this up she is most likely coming home in just a few days!!! We hope! I don't even dare write that in fear that she won't but I believe that she is ready. Can't wait for the day when I can pack her up in her car seat and make that trip home... finally! She also was able to get off her oxygen today which is a huge accomplishment. Hopefully she keeps it up!

She is a little over 9 weeks old and I can't believe how big she is. Last night when they weighed her she weighed 8 lbs and 4 oz. Can you believe that?? Granted a lot of that is fluid but it's so crazy how fast they grow. She used to just be a tiny thing only 4 lbs not too long ago.

2 months old!

On Nov 30th our baby girl turned two months old!!!

It is so hard to get pictures of her when this is what she looks like everyday....

All bundled up in her little crib.

I attempted to stick a headband on her to celebrate the occasion but she was sleeping like a rock and I didn't want to mess with her too much. I tried :)

She had a big accomplishment this week:
She got her very first bath! Ha! How sad is that...she had to wait that long because of IV's and other things that would pop up preventing her to have one. Good thing little babies are able to go so long without one.
Over all Jadyn is doing fairly well except for the fluid that has reappeared in her belly and she has had some issues with her blood that we are trying to work out. Her red blood cell count is very low making her sleepy a lot of the time. But besides that she is doing great!

Due date

Thanksgiving was my due date. It was so weird to think that I should just now be having a baby but instead I have a 8 week old.

Here I am right before I had Jadyn at 31 weeks.

I don't think there is anyway I would have made it 2 more months :) I was huge!

I was able to spend most of Thanksgiving with Jadyn. I can't believe how old she is getting.
8 weeks old

7 weeks

 Jadyn was finally doing better when they discovered the fluid was coming back in her belly. She got a sample of the fluid sent off to see what was going on but all the tests they were looking for came back negative. We don't know what has caused the fluid to come back but she is handling it pretty well considering all the added pressure. She finally started handling her tube feeds better and I was able to start nursing again. Then they did another an ultrasound and discovered air in her bowels and we had to stop feeding her again for 24 hrs. Poor girl. Everything checked out and she has been doing pretty good ever since then   

6 weeks

After 2 weeks of being sick Jadyn finally got over her infection. She was on IV's and did not get to eat for 10 days which was so sad, especially at the end of her sickness when she was starting to get hungry and wanted food. For 8 of the days that she was sick, so was I with a mild head cold. So I stayed away too scared to give her anything on top of the infection she had. I think that one of the hardest things I had to go through since she was born.

On my birthday, since I had gotten the ok from the Dr., I finally was able to go see Jadyn. It was such a good present :) My mom also was able to be here for my birthday and was able to hold Jadyn for the first time.