Monday, March 23, 2009

Our Little Gnome

Last night Elise's nurse, Christine, brought her an adorable pink crocheted hat to wear. She looks like a little gnome in it. Kit was joking about bringing in a small white beard to complete the look. By the time we get back to see her tonight, however, she will be back on her CPAP with her plain tan hat. She was definitely enjoying sporting the pink hat though, especially with her pair of bright pink socks.

According to the doctor, Ellie's still doing well. They are putting her back on CPAP, but as I said yesterday, we're actually glad that she'll have that more consistent support. The last couple of days she's been "forgetting" to breath, which is even more stressful than the fluctuation in her oxygen levels. It's typical in premature babies and not anything to be really worried about at this time, but it's hard seeing her needing to be stimulated (by moving and rubbing her) in order to remember to breath.

Last night she was up to 2 pounds, 13.3 ounces. She measured at 15 inches long. The decrease is due to her having been off of the CPAP and her head starting to go back to its normal shape. Today she's up to 7 cc per hour on her continuous feeding. She still had her fluids when we visited this afternoon, but I believe those will be discontinued soon.

We have some good news on the house. We have some folks who are interested in buying it. Please continue to pray for the sale of our home as it would free us up a lot if we could sell.

Thank you for your continued prayer and support. We greatly appreciate you all.

I'll end with two cute stories. Two nights ago Elise was lying on her stomach, and when the nurse and respiratory therapist came into her room to check on her, she was up on her knees with her bum in the air and had wiggled her way up the bed by a few inches. They said it looked like she was crawling. This morning she was lying on her back and managed to wiggle all the way down her bed (out of her blankets and over the large blanket roll they have under her bum) and had her little feet hanging over the edge of the guard wall at the bottom of her bed. We keep hearing different versions of what a fiesty little girl we have...we're in for quite the adventure with Elise.

Showing of her percutaneous line. She seems most comfy much of the time with her arms stretched out.

Showing off her beautiful eyes.

Cuddling with mommy.

Bright eyes with legs flailing looking at her daddy.

Enjoying her pacifier.

"I'm getting bigger!"

"Hey nurse, what do you think you're doing?"

"Hi dad! Do you like my new pink socks?"

"I love 'em!"

The complete look.

Our little gnome.


Hope said...

She's beautiful! I love the pics of you holding her. You can see the love you have for her in your eyes, so sweet!

Heather and Travis said...

She is absolutely beautiful! I love looking at the new pictures of her. Precious!

Please know you all continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

Kendra recently told me about Elise's early arrival and forwarded the link to your blog. Has been super exciting to share in your experience. Elise is beautiful and you and Kit are amazing! I love all the pictures especially of you holding your baby girl. You are such a Mom! Please know, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Take care. Cindy Daoust

Katie said...

Thank you for sharing the pics of your sweet Elise. Keeping her in my thoughts and prayers!

Becca Sue Congdon said...

I love your updates! Ellie is the cutest little gnome I've ever seen. :) I love how alert and beautiful she looks! Yay!

Lea Ann said...

I've been following your blog for a few weeks now...and I wanted to tell you that I am praying for your sweet Elise. She is so beautiful!

Lea Ann in TN

Rachel said...

Love the hat and socks!!!! So glad to hear that she is doing well - I am still praying!!

Krista said...

she is absolutely beautiful!!! I'm THRILLED to hear she's gaining weight, but i'll continue to pray that she rememebers to breathe! and that everything with her feedings and CPAP begin to continue to help her gain strength!

I'm praying that your house will sell quickly too!

Anyways! Blessings to you all!!!
From Seattle, WA,

Rachel said...

She is just adorable. what a precious little miracle. Praying she continues to grow and her lungs mature. I am due with a little girl in June (15th) and my 4 year old daughter and I love to come to your site to see and hear Ellie's little squeaks and wiggles as we imagine what our baby is doing inside my tummy and how big she is at this point.
Hugs and Prayers
Rachel in PA

Pam said...

Ellie is doing SO well! She's adorable in her new pink gnome hat!! How exciting to possibly get an offer on your home. Selling it would remove that one HUGE burden from your finances. I have truly enjoyed checking out your blog each morning to read about you all and see new pics of Elise each day. I added her pink gnome hat pic to my collection on my desk. What a sweetie - God has great plans for her!!