Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I'm a BIG Girl Now

Emma Claire doing what she does best...eating from her bottle! She continues to do so well and is growing strong and healthy each and every day.
Loving those bottles! Daddy fed Emma Claire her bottle today and she did so good. There have been so many changes going on. Emma Claire is now 4 lbs 3 1/2 ounces (1906 grams) and 18 1/2 inches long. She is now getting 32 cc every 3 hours of 24 calorie breastmilk. They continue to lower her calorie count and increasing her amount.
As you might notice, Emma Claire is now in clothes!!! PRAISE GOD!! She is now big enough to wear clothes and has now been moved to her big girl bed. She is not in a closed isolete anymore, she is now in an open air bed. We are moving on up! I told Dr. Haynes today, we are now on the other side of the mountain. That mountain was a tough climb, but knowing GOD was with us each step of the way, made is so much easier to go through this process. Before we know it, Emma Claire will be home. She contines to grow healthy and strong and we give GOD all of the honor, glory and praise.

Like I said before, we have had so many changes this week. Dr. Rojas decided to move her liter flow down on the Vapotherm to 1.5 on Monday and then on Tuesday she was moved to 1 liter. He then wanted her moved off of the Vapotherm to regular O2 (oxygen) from the wall which is considered low flow. She did so well on it today and now they have her moved down from 0.5 this morning to 0.03 which is barely any flow at all. She has been doing SOOO GOOD and we could not be any more proud of our sweet baby girl!
Our prayer is she will NOT come home on O2. We pray GOD continues to heal her lungs and make her stronger each and every day. She is taking about 4 bottles out of her 8 feedings in a 24 hour period which is awesome. They are feeding her when she is alert and awake right now to build up her stamina to taking a bottle every 3 hours.
Emma Claire had her last, that right folks, I said last eye exam on Monday. Dr. Wallace was very impressed by her eyesight and how she has progressed. He wrote her a clean bill of health for her eyes and we will not have to have another checkup. She had her hearing test today and she passed with flying colors! We serve an AWESOME GOD!!! She will have another hearing checkup in 6 months.
I cannot think of anything else to report, except we just LOVE our sweet baby girl and we will have her home soon. I get so emotional thinking about it. Don't get me wrong, I will be so happy to be home and not have to prepare our day with getting everything together to go to Baptist each day, but leaving there will be hard since we have made so many life long friends. I know we will see them, there is no doubt about that, but it is so nice to see them everyday and knowing how much Emma Claire loves them, even though she cannot tell them, she shows them by her big smiles every time they talk to her!
PRAYER REQUEST: Please lift up a dear friend of ours. I cannot go into details, but they are going through a tough patch right now and they need to be lifted up and God's peace and comfort to shroud them. We praying his healing power upon them.
PRAISE GOD and we always give him the HONOR, GLORY and PRAISE!
My dear friend, I am sending love, hugs and kisses....Love, Emma Claire


  1. What an AMAZING week Emma Claire has had--she is such a brave little trooper--We are SO excited for you all. It sounds like she will be home O2 free in no time!!!!! PS-She is precious in her CLOTHES!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!

  2. Emma Claire is really doing so well SO fast! It is really amazing each week to see how much stronger she has gotten. She looks so cute in her clothes. I am so truly happy for you and your family. Truly blessed!