Baby Update: 37 Days Old and Growing!

 

Hello, sweet people!

Uriah is now 37 days old! What a beautiful thing it has been to have him in our lives! There have been several exciting blessings over the last few weeks and I’ll share them below!

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Here I am holding Uriah for the first time when he was 3 weeks old. What a special, delightful moment. So special!

Here we are at 28 days old when Uriah got his breathing tube out! This was a glorious day! Just the day before I had asked the doctor for a best case scenario of when the tube would come out and she had replied a week. The next morning we walked in to him being extubated! πŸ˜€ Since then I have heard him make lots of grunts and squeaks and one cry (he couldn’t make sounds while intubated). (Isn’t this picture adorable! He makes the cutest face when he looks at us! His forehead wrinkles are to die for!)

Uriah celebrated his first Christmas wearing clothes for the very first time! How stylish! πŸ˜‰

Eyes wide open! We love it when our little boy is wake; he’s so fun! He is starting to wake up before meal times and occasionally sucks on his hand and thumb! He is eating 68 mils every three hours! Woohoo!!

Some other exciting news:

  • Uriah is no longer intubated or on CPAP; his breathing support is simply a flowing, humidified oxygen which is being weaned as he is able to tolerate it
  • He is holding his own temperature and may be moved to a real crib soon!
  • A speech therapist has begun meeting Uriah as we begin “swallow therapy.” Right now he gets all of his meals through an NG tube but we dip a paci into milk and let him practice sucking (which he seems to really like!). We hope to get a swallow study done this week which will tell us how well he is able to suck, swallow, and breath.
  • Uriah is more active than ever! This is day 5 or 6 of being totally morphine free (required for his surgeries) and we really think he enjoys not being sedated. And we sure love watching him move, stretch, and interact more often!
  • Last week, Uriah had a pretty serious blood acid issue which mystified the doctors. He wasn’t responding to a large dose of medicine they had given him to correct the high levels which led the doctors to believe he had a metabolic disorder; ultrasounds were taken of his kidneys and liver while genetics were requested. Yet, none of the specialists could find a reason for him to be referred to them; his kidneys and liver did not seem to be involved and the geneticist felt he didn’t have the right symptoms for a gene issue. The high dose of ineffective medicine upset his tummy and led to him being dehydrated so a new medicine was chosen. We thank the Lord that he began to show improvement and now his levels have remained normal for the last 3 days! We still do not know what caused the issue but we are blessed it has disappeared!
  • Uriah has the sweetest personality! He is so content, patient, interested, and sweet. He rarely cries even during hard things like heel pricks for blood draws. He works really hard at focusing on our faces and lifts his eyebrows when he is interested in something.
  • Our little 5 weeker (who should technically still be in my tummy at 38 weeks!) is now 6 pounds and a few ounces.
  • Uriah’s shunt seems to be working really well. The incision site has healed nicely and his head has stabilized, not loosing fluid too fast or too slow.

Thank you for all of the love, prayers, and sweet words you have sent to us! We are blessed and loved. God is so good!

I want to start blogging again but, to be honest, I have no idea what to write. I feel like I’m still in survival mode and all I can think about is Uriah, snuggling with Dalton, being with my family, going home, and coffee. Oh, and sweets. I’ve got a huge addiction to sweets I’m trying to master. And also Netflix. I’m sort of addicted to Call the Midwives and Lost again. I keep feeling like I have to figure out who I am … I’m a mom now but I’m not able to do all the mommy stuff one would normally do. I’m not busy changing diapers and breastfeeding; I have to wait to do all of that. I’m too tired to think spiritual thoughts other than mere whispers to the Lord. I haven’t made a homemade dinner in ages and haven’t been home since my water broke in September. Maybe I’m going through my mid-life crisis as I am turning 27 in a few weeks and am realizing that I am closer to 30 than 20. The beautiful thing is that it’s okay that I am changing; I just need to be able to go with the flow. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, I love and appreciate each of you. Thank you for following our journey and blessing us along the way. God is a good, good Father and we have seen Him work so much good in our lives through this difficult time.

Love, blessings, and coffee,

Frannie

6 thoughts on “
Baby Update: 37 Days Old and Growing!

  1. Love this update! It’s almost like a very nice journal!! I am so glad Uriah is growing by leaps and bounds and I know it’s hard feeling so “in between!” Your break out will be rig gt around the corner am what an exciting day that will be!! Until then, you are doing a great job getting it all done! Love you!

  2. Oh Frannie, thank you for this beautiful update!! I feel like I’m right there with you in my heart and we are talking over a cup of coffee β˜•οΈ πŸ’•
    Uriah is such an amazing, precious, miracle! His personality sounds like the sweetest, and I’m so glad he’s been improving so much every day!! Before you know it you will be putting him in a car seat and taking him home! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•
    Aww, and don’t worry one bit about figuring out who you are right now. Your life has had so many huge changes these last 5 months, and you are right who and where you need to be. You are an amazing, loving mommy and wife, a wonderful friend, and a strong faith filled beloved child of God! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•
    Love you my friend!!!

  3. Take life day by day, Frannie. Your updates are so encouraging to read, you don’t need to think about blogging more. Just let yourself rest and dwell with your two handsome men! Prayers continue.

  4. He is just precious Frannie! I love the picture with his eyes open! You can just see how sweet of a spirit he has! Thank you so much for updating I was getting nervous!!

  5. Love your updates and I hearing about the baby but I can just imagine how hard it is to write and adjust. Life looks so different. Having had friends go through the NICU journey I have heard how hard it an be to find “your” place and life. You are doing amazing and your little boy has a gem of a mama. Praise God you can hear him now – how adorably precious! I would love to hear more of your journey just to know better how to love on other NICU mamas and how to help but take care of yourself first!

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