Monday, May 28, 2012

Cuddle Time

We love getting to hold and cuddle our girl. She seems so content and happy in our arms. I know she makes us the happiest people in the world when we get to hold her. We've been able to hold her more the past few days and our hearts just overflow with joy when we get to.

Is this not the cutest thing you have ever seen? Melts my heart to see her with him.

Emerson is still doing pretty good. She has a little rash on her tummy so they are putting some antibiotic ointment on that just to make sure it's not something bad. We are also still working on feeding, she doesn't seem to be a fan at the moment... She's up to 58 mLs per feeding and she's having a hard time finishing all of it from the bottle or from breast feeding so we are having to do a tube feeding pretty much every time.

Please keep praying for Emerson. We want to take her home so bad!


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Friday, May 25, 2012

Eme's 1st Week

My sweet little Emerson or as we call her Eme turned 1 week yesterday! It was longest and fastest week of my life. I don't really know any other way to describe it. There has been so many emotional ups and downs, I was prepared for her to be a preemie, but we were completely caught off guard by the skin issue. I've never been described as a patient person and waiting to know what's going to happen with our sweet baby's skin is torture.

I want to document this journey so Emerson can read this when she's older and know how loved she is and what an impact she's made on my heart.

This week:

- You have had tons and tons of visitors. Grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, cousins, great aunts and uncles, and good friends have all stopped by to meet our miracle! They have all been so good to us and have brought food and necessities while Daddy and I have been staying in the NICU. Nana spent your first several nights at the hospital with us and comes every day to visit. I don't know what we would do without our amazing family and friends.

- Eme, you are still weighing right around your birth weight, gaining or losing each day but staying really close to your original weight. Yesterday you weighed 5 lbs 11 oz!

- The doctors have been bumping up your feeding volumes regularly and are at 50 mLs per feed. You do pretty good until you get to the last 10-15 mLs and then get tired/disinterested and you have to have the rest through a feeding tube they put down each feeding. We're praying you get stronger and hungrier so you don't need the feeding tube anymore.

- All the nurses comment on how sweet your disposition is. You rarely cry and only get upset when you have a dirty diaper or have the feeding tube in too long.

- You love to cuddle. I get to hold you about once a day right now and as soon as I pick you up you snuggle right in and fall asleep.

- Your skin continues to heal and you are making great improvements in your ability to blink, suck, and wiggle.

- You are just the cutest lil thing and you melt my heart every time I look at you.

- Daddy changed your diaper this week for the first time and he was so proud. He's so nervous he's going to do something wrong or hurt you because you're so little, but I just love watching him interact with you. You're an incredibly blessed girl to have him as your Daddy.

- Goodness! I just love you so much and can't wait to take you home! I pray for you constantly and know there is so many people praying for you too! I just know you are going to be all right and everything is going to work out.

Please continue to pray for our girl, specifically for her skin to continue to heal and for her feedings to get better so she doesn't have to have the feeding tube anymore.



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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Emerson Renee

Our baby girl has made her debut! Emerson Renee was born on May 17th at 7:53 pm. She was 6 weeks early and weighed 5 lbs and 7 oz and was 18.5 inches long. She is doing well and is breathing all on her own. Our was baby girl was born with an incredibly rare skin disorder though. She basically looks like she has a really bad sunburn which will cause her skin to peel and then reveal her "real" skin underneath. There is a 10% chance that she has perfect skin underneath or it could range from just dry skin to a pretty severe skin issue. We are praying our little miracle is a part of that 10%. She will probably be in the NICU for at least a few weeks while we get her skin situation figured out. Our girl is putting up quite the fight and proving everyone wrong on a daily basis by healing so quickly! Please pray for our sweet baby and specifically for her to have healthy skin and strength to get through the next few weeks.