Monday, February 15, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day - 1 Month Old

Emma with her finger wrapped around mine. I love when I am in there changing her diapers, she loves to grab our fingers! It is absoultely wonderful!
Sweet sleeping baby. You can definitely tell she is starting to fill out and gain weight!

Emma Claire's little toes
Emma turned 1 month old on Sunday! Her hand is a little fuzzy in this picture, as she is such a wiggle worm.

When we got to the hospital yesterday, Emma Claire (with the help of her nurse) had a valentine waiting on us. It was her little precious feet on a valentine day card and it was so sweet. I will have to take a picture of it and include on the next post.

Emma Claire is up to 1 lb 12 ounces (800 grams) and doing well. They did another sputum and blood culture last night as the doctor thought she was being symptomatic of an infection. Her WBC count was a little elevated (25,000), but not too high and not as high as it was with her first chest infection a couple of weeks ago. As a precaution, they started her on the antibiotics she has already been on and will await the results of the cultures to make sure she needs to stay on them or tailor them for a different type of infection. God is GREAT and will continue to heal our little sweet pea!

Emma Claire is now getting 14 cc every three hours. She gets her caffiene in her 11 AM feeding and gets 0.5 cc of vitamins in her 5 PM feeding. She is still having poopy and wet diapers, PRAISE GOD!! She continues to get her breathing treatments every 12 hours and is doing very well with those and that helps with her secretions. When the RT suctions her, they are getting thick white mucous and no signs of green or yellow which can be indictive of an infection. Her sodium and potassium were a little out of range, but as of yesterday, everything was back to normal. She had another chest x-ray this morning as the doctor's want to see what her secretions look like and to also look for infection. We pray this x-ray will be clear and she will be infection free.

She will have her 2nd Hep B vaccine today and then do a routine 30 day head ultrasound tomorrow. We continue to pray the ultrasound will be clear and she will continue to grow healthy and strong. We also pray if she does have a slight infection, they antibiotics they have her on will clear it up.

I know several people have mentioned to me that I see so calm and collective with all of this. By nature, I always take the positive approach to everything whether it be with work or just our lives. There is no good found to live in the negative and 'what if' side of life. God did not intend for us to live that way and I continue to know and have faith he gives us only what we can handle. Yes, by anyones measure this is a lot, but I have and know Emma Claire is receiving the best care possible and it was and is completely orchestrated by God. She is in his hands and he is our GREAT physician. PRAISE HIM for that!!! Every day when I wake up, I feel completely at peace and rest knowing I am shrouded by his mercy and grace every minute of every day. I know God hears and answers every prayer that is lifted up to him and Matt and I both see those answered prayers each day we see Emma living, breathing, being a wiggle worm, opening her eyes and grabbing our fingers every day! I cannot say it enough how GREAT our God is because he reveals it to us each and every day.

Matthew 17:20 ~....I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. ~


  1. Emily,

    I so love your updates and continue praying for Emma and keeping her and your family in our thoughts! Happy Month Birthday, Emma!

  2. I love hearing how much you are trusting God, knowing he loves little Emma every bit as much as you do! She's had quite the first month in this big world - Happy One Month Birthday little girl!!
    ~Gerry G.

  3. Emily,
    I am keeping Emma Claire in my prayers! She is such a precious little peanut and I know you can't wait to bring your sweetie home! Know you are in our prayers!

  4. Emily,
    Thanks for the updates! I know that Emma Claire is in His hands and He will take care of her. I am so proud that she is doing well and growing! I will continue to pray for you guys! I can't wait to come to Nashville later this year and maybe I will get to meet her! Thinking of you and your family!

    Love ya,
    Tracy Peacock Hardy

  5. Emily & Matt:

    We are praying for little Ms. Emma Claire. You can definitely tell she is gaining some weight. Have enjoyed staying up to date with your posts. Hang in there!! Here is a quote that I thought you might enjoy -- The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us!!
    Love you guys,
    Terry Sonya & Cole Brooks

  6. Hi there~ You have no idea who I am but I happened to run across your blog from another preemie blog a few weeks ago. My husband and I are actually going through this exact same situation right now here in Houston, TX. I love reading about your sweet Emma, and I think we have a lot in common, and our babies seem to as well, as they are both doing well and are definitely fighters! I would love to stay in touch somehow, and please feel free to check out our blog if you'd's I hope it comforts you to read it and know that you are not alone. Keep praying and taking one day at a time..the Lord is mighty! Praying for your sweet Emma, the Dadd family :)

  7. Im so glad to hear Emma is doing better and improving each and everyday. You and your family continue to be in our prayers. God will not give us anything we cant handle. Happy one month birthday, Emma. Praying always, Rhonda