Friday, October 10, 2008

Suzie's Due!

Well today is a very strange day for us as it is Suzie’s original due date. 10.10.08 is the day that we expected our little girl to come into the world, and yet she is already 12 weeks old!. I thought it would be fun to give her stats as of right now compared to what they were when she was actually born:

Due Date—10.10.08
Weight: 6 lbs 2 ounces
Length: 20 inches
Head Circumference: 13 inches

Birth Date—7.18.08
Weight: 1 lb 14 ounces
Length: 13.5 inches
Head Circumference: 9.5 inches

She has grown so much! As we posted yesterday, Suzie was able to come off of oxygen on Wednesday morning. This was a very exciting day for us, as we were prepared for her to have to come home on oxygen. There is still a possibility that she would have to go back on it, but the fact that she has been off of it for two full days now is very encouraging. Sometimes she gets so fatigued from eating that she requires a little help from the blow-by, but even that has been very infrequent.

Also, she now can take two bottles in a row, but will be a little too tired for a third bottle. She has come so far in the past week and a half with her feeds. A week and a half ago she drank her first full bottle for the first time and now she can take 6 full bottles a day, so we are seeing tremendous progress with our little girl! She also is awake for a lot longer in the day so we are having so much fun with her.

The doctor still won’t give us any estimate as to when we can expect our little girl to come home with us, but our Occupational Therapist warned us that they might not let us know until the day before she comes home! She told us to expect that she might be able to come home in the next week or two. :)

We praise God every day for his kindness to us. Suzie is truly a constant reminder to us of how gracious the Lord is and how He gives us far more than we deserve. We desire to live every day in complete surrender to the Lord, always aware of His constant faithfulness.


Beth said...

it is so great to see how suzie has grown! she is so precious. we are so excited at her progress and how the Lord continues to work in your lives. we continue to pray for y'all, for the Lord's continuing work in Suzie's life, and that she will be able to go home with you soon :)

Adrienne said...

Praise the Lord for how fast little Suzie is growing! FTR, she is only four ounces lighter than my daughter was when she was born two days after her due date and all the rest of her stats are the same. Go Suzie!!!!

One thing to consider, if you haven't already done it, is getting hooked up with Regional Center. They provide early intervention for developmentally at risk children. I'm pretty sure Suzie will qualify, and I'm guessing that you are in the North LA County service area... let's just say that that area is notoriously hard to get going with (very large, understaffed, etc.) and it really helps to have the referral started by the NICU social worker. Our daughter is a client of our local regional center and we get physical therapy (gross motor) twice a week and occupational therapy (fine motor and eating) twice a week. It's been an incredible blessing to our family!

Another thing is, if your docs tell you to keep Suzie in and away from people, please do it. It's really hard when you just want to show the baby off, but even church is especially dangerous for kids who have immune issues. People think nothing of coming sick and they don't stop to think about passing their germs. It does make for a long winter (BTDT) but it pays off when you can avoid trips back to the hospital/ICU.

Praying for you guys!

Melissa said...

yay!! i'm so excited about all the progress :) can't wait to meet her in person!!

The Mom said...

How amazing to see the stats on Suzie's growth! She's getting so big, and she's beautiful! I love the pictures that show off her beautiful hair :o)