Thursday, July 23, 2009

I can't think of a witty title so we'll just go with 'Update'

Today has been a good day, full of rest for me. I spent a lot longer at the hospital yesterday and I think it wore me out more than I realized! It was a wonderful day though and I wouldn't have traded it. Aunt Jana, Aunt Hailey, Uncle Michael & Hannah all came to meet Alaina! Hannah had to wait outside because she is still a little young to visit, but they'll be spending a lot of time together in the near future.

Alaina also had a visit from our pastor and she decided to show off her ever-improving lung power for him! I can't blame her though since they were inserting a new feeding tube up her nose. Of course...if she would stop pulling it out they wouldn't have to put a new one in as often. I tried to tell her that but she refuses to listen. I never would have expected a stubborn child since Scotlon and I are so easy going and sweet...ha! In reality, I'm shocked that she's not more of a pill given the genes that she got:)

Last night when Scotlon got there to visit, she had managed to work her oxygen tube out and it was resting up on the bridge of her nose. The good news is that her stats were okay and she was breathing totally on her own for a few minutes. It's too much work for her to keep that up right now though so the nurse put new tape on the tube and we're hoping that she'll leave it alone.

Her feedings are going okay so far. She's not doing really fantastic but she's not doing really badly either. She gets a good rhythym going and tends to take about half the bottle before she needs a break. Once she sits up to burp, she gets tired and has no interest in working for the other half of the bottle. The physical therapist has reassured us that this is perfectly normal and that feedings are typically the last thing to master before kids leave. We are continuing to pray that she gets the hang of it. Once she gets it down a little better, they are going to let me try to nurse. I'm very hopeful that maybe by the weekend or first of next week, they'll let us try. Not that I don't love my pump, but feeding my kid has to be more rewarding than feeling like cattle...


Sometimes I get so tired and frustrated but then I look at that sweet face and it's totally worth it. Don't you just want to squeeze her???

I love that face too:)

Her new room in the Intermediate Care Unit. They didn't know her room was in ladybugs when they made the sign for her crib.

Aunt Jana, Aunt Hailey, Alaina & Me. We all look so much alike in this picture though none of us are actually related!


"Then they cried to the Lord
In their trouble and he saved them from their distress.
He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for men."
~Psalm 107:19-21
Love,
Stephanie

7 comments:

Ames said...

We are so thankful that Alaina is doing so well!! I am so excited for you and your family.

Our prayers will continue to be that God will touch her lungs and heal her quickly, yet in His timing. :)

We love you so much!!
Ames :) (and family)

Kate's Mommy said...

Found your blog through another blog, been keeping up with Alaina's progress for the past week or so.

your sweet Alaina is beautiful! praying for full health for your beautiful girl!

Anonymous said...

Love the new pictures!!!!! How beautiful and I was so glad to finally see a picture of Stephanie!!

Still praying and still believing in miracles!!!

~*~ Allison ~*~ said...

Steph,

She's a firecracker!! You've got your hands full! But I guess that isn't all that surprising.

She's such a chunky monkey - I can't wait to meet her. I promise it will be one day very soon!

Glad to hear that things are going so well. It's all in HIS time - not yours or hers ;).

Much love sister,
Allison

Shelby said...

Oh she is so beautiful... Please know that I am praying for you.
Shelby

Maddy said...

im praying!

Grams said...

She is ABSOLUTELY PRECIOUS!! She looked up at us yesterday as if to say, "so that's what you look like!" Can't wait to hold her and hug her and kiss her even more! God is so gracious and good! Thank you for being such a special part of our family!
Love you bunches!
Grams