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We are a family of fifteen: eight already with Jesus and seven in desperate need of Him. This is the story God is writing in our lives. Proverbs 16:9

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Growing Babies!

You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever.
Psalm 30:11-12

Yesterday, Micah and I danced home from the hospital.  We had such a cared for experience there but were so glad to get home.  Even though it was difficult to leave, there was much to be thankful for~ and the babies couldn't be in better hands.   

Our Nurses Were So Kind:)
It was odd though, our house quiet... each of our five children somewhere else.   It has been a long time since I felt freedom to move and make plans and enjoy the outside!  It feels like the whole world has changed~  Or at least from my perspective for sure. It has taken a bit to let it sink in~ where we have been and what the Lord has done.

God continues to breathe vigorous life into our babies.  Isaac was taken off the ventilator yesterday with no problem.  His nurse also removed an arterial line he had in his belly which made it possible for me to hold him for the first time.  That was also the first time I got to really see his face without tubes occluding his little smile!  He is a cutie with blond hair!
My First Time Holding Isaac

Sweet Boy, Isaac
He squeaks some (reminding me of Andrew as a baby:)) and loves to cuddle.  The doctor is also planning to take him off forced oxygen (room air) through his nasal cannula in the next day.  Isabella and Eliana are also thriving.  They are all three tolerating feedings into their bellies well.  The doctors are increasing the amount they receive every day.  Eliana has already grown up to and past her birth weight and now is at 2 lbs. 5 oz. and Isaac and Isabella are both at 3 lbs. 9 oz..  Since they are getting more than half of what they need from feedings, they each may get to have their PICC lines removed in the next two days.  They have also had brain scans and echo cardiograms and nothing significant has been found thus far.  The babies are progressing so well~ Micah and I did not anticipate such great reports!  It is making me realize that I need to get ready to bring them home even more quickly than we thought!

Daddy and His Eliana Girl

A Cuddly Bella Joy and Mommy Late Last Night

We have had such a wondreful time talking about embryo adoption with the hospital staff.  We think about where these babies were only months ago, frozen in the same building where they now grin and move, bodies warm and fresh and are amazed. 

I spoke with Andrew and Elijah this morning.  They are excited about coming home and the possiblity of the babies coming home in the next few weeks.  Elijah asked if I was able to be up and around which he refers to as "crazy mommy" again!  By God's grace, yes I sure can. 


carrie said...

So glad to hear such a wonderful report! Congrats to all of you....miracle blessings for sure. I am amazed what a difference there is between 28 weekers and 31 weekers; what a blessing to have made it to 31 weeks! It took 2 weeks before I had held each of our 28 weekers and they were 2 months old before I had a picture of them together. God has certainly provided for your little ones and I know He will continue to do so. Even though I don't know you personally, I am just so relieved that everything is going so well for you!!! Congrats, again. They are BEAUTIFUL!!!!

Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord! We are so excited for your family! Your faith in the Lord is a challenge to us. Thanks for keeping us posted! We love the stories and the pictures. You are all in our prayers! - The Cash Family

Missy said...

So precious!!! Thank you for sharing, God bless u all!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Glad you are home back and forth, I'm onto the hats now :),Still feeling the blessing of an hour with you last Friday.

Ashley said...

Wonderful news! God is so good!

Heidi said...

We are rejoicing with you day by day! The pictures of your beautiful babies are so sweet. Praying for the babies as they rest and grow, and for you as you rest and shrink! :) hee hee

Love you!

Stacie said...

So wonderful!!! =) Thank you Jesus! God answers prayer!!!

Lyndsey Davis said...

I am a new follower. Congratulations on your children! I couldn't believe when I read Psalm 30:11 at the top. Thats the verse God gave me years before infertility. I didn't know what it meant then but now I cling to it for my turn to dance.