Monday, July 28, 2008
We did want to especially thank everyone who has helped us over the past several months, whether it was helping us clean, cooking, shopping for groceries, or helping us paint. Also, all of the shower presents and flowers were wonderful, but more than anything, we have appreciated the love, support, and good wishes from our family and friends.
Here are a few more pictures...
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Sarah in the special going home outfit that mommy picked out (note the security anklet that she was about to get taken off).
Sarah going for her first wagon ride.
A close up picture of our strapped in cutie (the nurses all loved Sarah's stylish car seat.
The first of many future rides in the minivan (I don't think that Sarah minds having to face backwards and missing the DVD player).
Mommy bringing Sarah into the house for the first time.
Sarah enjoying her new pack 'n play.
Mollie sniffing and inspecting our new addition to the household.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Sarah is up to 5 pounds and 10 ounces so some of her preemie clothes and hats have actually become too small! Well, here is what you really want, more pictures of the cutie...
Friday, July 11, 2008
Sarah has been able to stay out of the incubator for the first time (and I don't think that she is ever going back),
Sarah has passed 5 pounds and keeps putting on weight,
Joella has quit work at Honeywell (although she has to officially go back for an hour or so during early August when her vacation is up),
Sarah has successfully nursed for more than 10 minutes,
Sarah took her first tub bath,
and I turned 34 years old.
Here are some pictures for you all to see this great progress:
For everyone's information, Sarah is doing great, but the nurses caution us to be patient because nursing full time is a big hurdle for preemies and it can take over a month for them to reach the point when they can go home. Sarah has been growing so fast that she actually needed a second blood transfusion this past Monday morning, but within hours she was energetic again and quickly put on more weight (she is now 5 pounds and 3 ounces). Currently, two nursing feedings 3 hours apart wear Sarah out so she still relies on the feeding tube for the majority of her diet. The ultimate test before release from the hospital occurs when Joella stays at the hospital for 48 straight hours and feeds Sarah successfully without needing the feeding tube.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Since Sarah is still sleeping in her incubator, Joella can take time every few days and give Sarah a massage. Sarah really likes it and she gets very sleepy when Joella rubs hers cheeks. A few days ago Sarah did get a little fiesty during the massage, but we think that it was just because she was getting hungry and wanted to practice nursing some more with mom.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008