Monday, April 27, 2009

Five Pounds!!!

Elise hit 5 pounds tonight!!! Well, 5 pounds, 0.8 ounces to be exact. It's hard to believe that 7 weeks ago she was actually under her birth weight of 2 pounds, 11 ounces and that she's now put on well over 2 pounds. Once she hits 5 pounds, 6 ounces, she will have doubled in weight. Doubled! She's close.

I neglected to mention earlier today that last night she took her first full bottle from me. She's taken many a full bottle from the nurses and a couple for Kit, but last night was the first full bottle for me. And tonight she took another full bottle from me! It's hard to explain, but being able to feed your baby all of her food yourself feels very satisfying when you haven't been able to do so since she was born. Please pray that she continues her progress on bottle feeding.

In other exciting news, Ellie's buddy Anthony had his first real meal today - formula from a bottle! Now that he's off the ventilator, he seems to be enjoying life much more. Pray that his lungs continue on the path to functioning properly.

Well, I'm off to bed.


alexandrea said...

congrats on elise making it to 5lbs, so exciting, you will be home befor eyou know it. I am praying that you will make it before Mothers Day, What a treat that would be,
I remember when my little one came home she was 5 lbs 1 oz, wow it seems just like yesturday, I also can't believe elise is 7 weeks old,
I can't wait for you to bring her home.

Stephanie said...

AWESOME!!! YAY Elise! Praying for you guys!

Amanda said...

That is great news all around! At least she got some wear out of her adorable preemie outfits, but I know you are understandably very excited to be able to move her up to Newborn size any day now. It is such a fundamental thing to be able to feed your own child. Cadence had the feeding tube in up until the day before she went home. The Neo said that they would release her with the tube and teach us how to check it since her feeds were the only thing keeping her in the NICU at that point. I guess she didn't like the sound of Mommy and Daddy blowing air down the tube to check it (neither did I, frankly!) and so she took every single bottle in it's entierity after that conversation and it was taken out two days later! Yay for Anthony! Hope you got a good night's sleep. Just think, in another week you could be up doing all the feedings every 3 hours :)

Jennifer said...

Congratulations! May you never forget these moments!

Martha said...

Praise God! 5 lbs is wonderful! I can't wait to meet the little lady.

Claire said...

Go Elise!


Jordan said...

Yay Ellie! This is one time in a girl's life where people will be cheering for major weight gain ;) Praying in Oklahoma!