Thursday, August 7, 2008
Our healthy little champ
Having a preemie is a scary event. You don't know what to expect...and it seems like you should just expect health issues after health issues. We haven't been able to sit down and even really breathe since last Thursday, when Steph got the scary news about her health, and now that she's recovering, and just keep hoping for the best with Avery. The thing that we keep realizing is, that as terribly scary sick as Stephanie was... Avery was never sick! We just keep getting great health updates from our little girl. She got an Apgar score of 8-9. She came out breathing on her own, and was never put on the ventilator... they took her completely off oxygen yesterday. She is already holding her own body temp enough for us to hold her twice a week. She is taking 4.5 cc's of mom's milk, and increasing about 2 cc's a day. She has all the energy of a 2 year old...just in a teeny tiny body. Her heart rate, breathing, and oxygen saturation are all great. Her skin tone is like a normal little baby. She sucks on a binky like a champ. And her little body has all the parts in the right places...down to her little pinky toenail!
The nurses just keep saying "Don't tell her she's a 29 weeker...she shouldn't be doing this well!"
We are so blessed. It's the faith and prayers of all of our friends and family that have really gotten us through this and given our little girl the gift of health so far. We know that we may have some ups and downs ahead, but we know now that we'll make it through. Someday soon... little you're going to watch this little girl with so much energy running through the house, and not believe us when we tell you she started off in the NICU...