Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Big Thank You!

Thank You once again for all your prayers, We have a great God! This evening when we went to see our little miracle he was back on his prongs! The nurse said that he was doing better on the prongs than on the CPAP. We are so thankful that he has once again taken a step in the right direction!

He also got above his birth weight today! We were so excited for that! He now eighs 1480 grams; You have to ask either of his Grampas what that is in pounds. :)

We had alot of fun together tonight, he loves to snuggle, and so do I!
Dont you just love that blonde/red hair? Just like his Daddies. :)

So once again, we thank you, We are so blessed to be part of this wonderful family where we are never on our own, we deffinately feel your many prayers!

And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:7
Thankyou Mom and Dad Pauls for that wonderful verse of encouragment, it was just what we needed!

Please Pray!

Andrew is back on his CPAP, he had a tough evening so they also took a blood test, now we are waiting for the results there. But when I was holding him this morning he was more busy pulling at everything than ever, so I know that he is getting stronger and he sure was not acting very sick! :)So we are asking that you would all pray that Andys lungs will grow stronger and that his breathing will improve. Thank you!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Andy Update

Hello from the city. We are still going good, as is our little miracle. This last week as been a good week; It started out with Andrew getting an infection, but he is all cleared up now, he will stay on the antibiotics till the 27th though, just to make sure that the bugs are all gone.
He has had his IV moved all over his little body, both arms, his foot and his head. We are hoping that once he is done with the antibiotic maybe he will be able to get rid of the IV, although he is still getting caffine once a day through the IV to help him with his breathing. So we are also praying that by then his breathing will be strong enough to go off the caffine too.

Wake Up Little Man!

Andrew's breathing has been getting alot better! He was off of his nasal prongs all day yesterday!! This was very good knews for us. He lasted from 10:30 in the morning till 3 last night, we were not really expecting him to stay off of them cause he is still so little, so this was an answer to prayer! Please continue to pray that his lungs will keep getting stronger and he will be able to do all of his own breathing.

What A Big Yawn!

He is also doing very good with his eating, he is still being tube fed and now gets 30 mls. per feeding. On Tuesday he reached his goal of 27 mls and then after he started gaining weight they uped it to 30. Today he weighed 1390 grams, which means he only needs to gain 40 grams to get back to birth weight. This is very exciting for us!

But Mom, Its So Hard To Wake Up!

So once agian that is where our little man is at, still making progress, one small step at a time.

Getting His Lungs Listened To.

We once again Thank You for all your prayers, as our life has a lot of ups and downs right now, and we never know what is going to happen next, Your prayers are so very important to us.

Being Comforted By Daddy.

We want to say a special Thank You to our families for all that they have done and are doing for us. You are so very special and without you we would be lost. Thank You for the food, the fun visits, phone calls, texts, and prayers. We love you and miss you all!

Good Night Sweet Heart!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Father and Son
For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

I have been thinking of this verse alot today; With out a great God taking care of us things would seem impossible; but we know that He is always here and we want to trust Him and continue to live in His will.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Here is another quick update on AJ, he is doing very good, he is still on the nasal prongs, Praise God! And it sounds like his infection is clearing up! So thank you for your prayers once again, God is so good!

And So, After 2 Weeks Of Being A Mommy...

Thank You all once agian for your thoughts and prayers! Your standing behind us in this way is what gives us the strength to take life one day at a time.

Andrew is doing alot better, as of yesterday he still has the infection, but he is feeling alot better and lets us know that by crying when I change his diaper instead of just laying there, and by constantly pulling at his prongs and so on. :) So we are still praying for the infection to clear up.

Last night Andrew was back to his goal of 27 mls per feeding, he is doing very well at keeping it all down! So now this is the amount that he is getting until he gains weight, then they will up the amount as he ups his weight. Yesterday he weighed 1230 grams, thats just under 2lbs. ( I think )

His breathing is doing ok, he went back to the nasal prongs on Monday, Praise God! Last night it was 48 hours since he got switched, and this is when a baby would start getting tired, so we will see where he is at when we get there today, Pray that he will still be on the prongs, Lord willing.

So this is where we are at right now, still looking up, still praying, still waiting for our little guy to grow, still so very thankful for all of your prayers!

Our little angel.

How do you like the taping job he got on his nose? The nurses have to try everything with this little monkey. :)

Last night we both got to hold Andy, here are some pictures of Daddy and Son, they are so cute together are they not?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Washing the Car

Hey, we are still around, and still getting used to city life. :) Here are some pictures of Josh washing the car yesterday.

P.S. Lord willing there will be an update on Andrew tomorrow.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Andrew Is 32 Weeks Old!

Time for another up date. :) Andrew is back on the CPAP; He got an infection in his blood on Friday and when a little person like that gets sick it's alot harder for them to breath, so as soon as he starts feeling better we are hoping to get him back onto the nasal prongs, they might try them tomorrow and we will see how he does.
Friday was also the day that Andrew got up to 27 mls of milk per feeding, which was his goal. But since he got sick he threw up his feeding Saturday morning, which ment that they had to bring the amount down and start over again with 12 mls. So as of this morning he was getting 15 mls. They are now only going up 1 ml every other feeding instead of 2.

Because of the decrease in his feedings he is also still getting vitamins, and other nutrients through an IV. They took out the IV he had in his tummy and put one in his arm. This one has to be changed at least every 2 days, so we are praying that he keeps his milk down this time and that his infection will clear up fast so that he wont have to get poked to often and they can just take the IV out. But we will wait and see what God's plans are.

As you can see, it's not to comfortable for him.


And that is where our little guy is at today; Thankyou once again for your continued prayers; They mean more to us than you will ever know!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

AJ Update

Well our little miracle is still little, as you can see by these first two pictures. But Andrew is working on getting bigger, He is now getting 19 mls of milk for two feedings and then he will be getting 20 mls for two feedings, and so on, until he reaches his goal of 27 mls. He has been doing very good with his feedings, he seems to thrive on them!

His weight went down to 1120 grams, but the nurses are saying that he should be gaining weight soon, now that he is getting more milk per feeding.

His breathing as been pretty good, the first 2 days he was on what is called the CPAP, which allows him to do all his own breathing but just has a constant air flow blowing into his nose to make it easier for him to breath. Then when he was 3 days old they put nasal prongs on instead of the CPAP which really does the same thing except it just gives him little puffs of air instead of a constant flow.

Because he is so small he will forget to breath every once in a while, this is very normal. Usually you just need to wake him up a bit and then he breaths again. On Sunday Andrew was put back onto the CPAP because of forgetting to breath to often and then taking awhile to get out of it, he was on them for 1 day and was then put back on the nasal prongs.

And that is what he is on still, so we are praying that his breathing will stay strong and that he will be able to stay on the nasal prongs, they are alot more comfortable for him, and its also a sign that he is getting better.

Other than that Andrew is doing very good, the nurses say that he is ahead of most babies his age, which I'm saying is thanks to all the prayers that have been and are still going up for him. Thank You Everyone!!!!

Andrew has had many tests and xrays; except for the ones of his heart, which we are still waiting for, they have all come back looking very good, he had a small amount of bleeding on his brain, another very normal thing for premature babies, the Dr. said that it was not serious at all, they will be doing a follow up in a few weeks.

And thats how a little family is dong, Josh and I are staying at a very wonderful couple who have opened their home to us. They are a huge answer to prayer!! We ask that you would continue to pray for us, you are making such a difference in our lives and the life of little Andy.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Hotel Fun!

Mom and Dad Pauls came out to the city yesterday to spend the night and they were sweet and invited Josh and me to join them. We had lots of fun together, here are some pictures.....

Mom talking to the girls on MSN.

My sweetheart, watching football, but always having time to give me a smile. :)

I just love him to bits!!!!!

PS Andrew is doing good, thanks again for praying!!!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Im A Mommy!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well Im not sure where to start since most of what I have to say has already been said, but Im thankful that both of my Mothers have been keeping you up to date because I have not had the chance. :) And I want to thank each and everyone of you for your prayers; We could not be more thankful; It is because of your prayers that we are able to keep on living one day at a time.

Josh, Andrew and I are all doing very good. We are starting to kinda get used to this new way of life. It is very different from what we had planned, but it's God's will so that where we want to be.

This is just before Andrew was born, Josh was wonderful, I dont think I could have done it without him!!

The proud new parents! It's hard to believe that we really are a Mom and Dad! After having been induced things moved pretty quickly and at 5:10 our little miracle, Andrew Joshua was born.

Born at 30 weeks and 3 days he is very tiny! He has had to have alot of scans and so on, so far they have all come back good, we are waiting for the results for his head scan which are coming back on Monday, and he has one more for his heart on Monday. Other than that he just needs some more time to grow. :)

Andrew is doing all of his own breathing, he just has nasal prongs to help remind him to breath every once in while. He gets 1 ml. of milk every 2 hours, just enough to start getting his tummy ready for more food. They feed him through a tube going in his mouth. All the nurses say that he is a little fighter because he keeps on pulling the tube out. :)

We got to hold him for the first time on Thursday. He is even smaller when you hold him than when you look at him. :) He loves being held, and we love holding him, it's something that they really encourage so that your baby gets to know you better. It also helps stabalize his temp. heart rate and breathing, see why he loves it? :)

As of right now it sounds like we will be staying in Winnipeg for 5 or 6 weeks, it all depends on how our little guy does. We ask that you would continue to pray for us as we ajust to this new way of life, and that you would also keep praying for Andy, he does so well when people pray for him. :)