Friday, July 3, 2009

Little Milestones

I promise one day that I'm going to get my post up before the very end of the day. Well, I promise to at least try to get it up before the end of the day.

Our visit with Alaina today was incredible. The paralytic that they had her on is continuing to work it's way out of her body and she's moving around a lot more. I put my finger under hers today and she flexed her fingers around it and held on. What a feeling to hold my daughters hand for the first time.

Today was actually full of firsts! We happened to be there during the time that they were taking her vitals and we got to help. I took her temperature and got to change her diaper. Which, by the way, is not as easy as it sounds when you're working around a lot of tubes. She put up with my shaking hands though and we got the job done. Speaking of diapers, she has already outgrown her newborn diapers and has moved to size one! We finally got a measurement of her length and she's 22 inches long. I can not believe what a big girl we have!

Her stats all look about the same today. We just got our bedtime report and she's stable and tucked in for the evening. Her blood pressure has been going up and down and they would like for it to be a little steadier. She's still on the nitric oxide along with oxygen and they want for her to come off of that completely before they transfer her back to Gainesville. Overall, she's continuing to improve but needs a lot more time to heal.

What a praise for her to have come this far! Less than a week ago we were facing very grim possibilities. The power of prayer is an amazing thing and 6 days later, here we are! We are very aware of the fact that things could still take a turn for the worse, but are choosing to trust that God has us exactly where we are supposed to be in this moment. We will continue to praise Him for all of her milestone's and lean on Him for strength when things aren't going as well.

Please continue to pray for Alaina's healing and for strength for Scotlon and I. We were talking earlier about how people without faith in God get through things like this. I can't even begin to imagine how much harder this would be if we didn't have hope that it was going to get better. If we didn't know for a fact that He is with her tonight, watching over her as she sleeps. Our sweet Jesus has been holding us every step of the way and I am so grateful that He is.

Psalm 106:1~ "Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever."



Wilna said...

we continue to pray for you all.
Bless The Lord, oh my soul, and all that is within me - bless His Holy Name!
<3 you,

Anonymous said...


what great news! We will continue to pray for Alaina, Scotlon and yourself. All great things began with one small step! ;) Someone I love dearly told me that once...

With love,
Ames ;)

Sarah said...

My favorite verse, Zephaniah 3:17,
"The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing."

Love to picture how he is singing over Alaina, and right there with her. He is mighty to save!

Melissa said...

I have been checking in to see how your little girl is doing often. It sounds like every day she is doing better, thats so great! The Lord has his hands wrapped around her - how awsome. He is the best doctor there is! It does make it harder to do simple things like changing a diaper with all the wires, I remember our daughters alarm would go off often but we were so used to it and would watch her instead of the alarms to know if it was a false alarm or something was really wrong. Your daughters name was in fact the name of our favorite NICU nurse. So happy to hear things are going well and I will keep on praying for her!

Heather said...

Sister Cat,

I'm so glad to hear that Alaina is improving! The three of you are constantly in my prayers! Praise the Lord, for He is GOOD! He really does have the BEST in store for all of you!

Love ya,
Mother Mary

Christen said...

WOOHOO!!! I'm so excited for you guys!! What a blessing to have her hold your finger... I really believe that this is going to be a huge miracle!
We are still praying and cannot wait to see Miss Alaina. We went to church this morning and Cortlyn spotted a little baby and got VERY excited. I thought of Alaina... one day my little girl will get to hold her little friend!

Hailey said...

You are already such an incredible Mommy to that precious little girl of yours. This may sound a little silly, but I simply can not wait to watch you love on & nurture her. The bond that you & Alaina will forge as Mother & Daughter will be indescribably special, & I am really looking forward to watching it blossom. She is so lucky to have such an amazing Mommy & Daddy, (& yes, I will remind her of this when she is 13 & hates your guts!) ;)

I love you!

Stephanie said...

I come on every night to get a check-up - I can't wait to hear what news you have for us! You, Scotlon, and Alaina are on my mind all day long! Keep the good news coming! Love you girl!!!

Stephanie G.

Rando and Amanda said...

Praying for you guys and precious Alaina!