Saturday, October 13, 2007

Saturday, October 13, 2007 - Update

I’m happy to report that Olivia continues to do well. I was able to hold her for another 2 hours today. Yes, it was Ryan’s turn, but he graciously allowed me to hold her for the second day in a row. He felt it was what I needed and he was right. Don’t I have an amazing husband? She kept her eyes open for quite awhile when I first started holding her. We found that she loves to hold and squeeze daddy’s finger! I also noticed after awhile that she started licking me. . .it was so endearing. Finally, she drifted off to sleep and we just enjoyed being together.

Her feeding was increased to 8.1cc today. Dr Hsiao believes that the problem with her feeding last week may have stemmed from the formula and extra calories that were being added to my breastmilk. She didn’t tolerate it very well and much prefers plain milk. They are going to try to increase the amount of milk to obtain more calories instead of increasing the concentration. I may also start collecting only the hindmilk for her which has more calories. She is also getting closer and closer to CPAP!

Yes, I am getting the message that everyone thinks I need to write a book. I believe that Olivia might keep me too busy for that. I did previously write stories as a child, but looking back at them. . .they didn’t really have plots. I only described what everyone was wearing. In one of my stories, I had a kitten die at the end and it made me so sad that I had the kitten come back to life. I did, however, win an essay contest in the 5th grade and I was able to meet Betsy Byars. Then I started writing strictly poetry, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve stopped writing altogether. Life will do that to you, I guess.

I also wanted to thank all of the nurses who cared for Logan and those who continue to care for our precious Olivia. I appreciate all that you do. Your profession makes quite an impact on many people. Thanks to all the people who read this blog daily and who continue praying for Olivia. We have a long road ahead, but looking back. . .oh, how far we’ve come.

Isaiah 40:31
"But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength;they shall mount up with wings as EAGLES they shall run, and not be weary;and they shall walk, and not faint"


Anonymous said...

Would you explain again what is CPAP?


Don said...

I'm Jodi's Dad. Jodi mentioned "How far we've come" was exactly six months ago that she and Ryan came to our house unexpectedly and handed us a poem that she wrote. So, we read revealed to us that she was indeed "very, very pregnant!" What a terrific moment for the four of us! How far we've come........

Jodi's Mom and I went to see Olivia today. What a BEAUTY she is! I was quite taken by her skin color. It can best be described as kind of a skin tone....or fleshy PINK!! That's it! What a beautiful shade of BABY PINK! My new favorite color.

Also, Jodi explained that Olivia's ear cartilage has grown into the correct shape. That's good! I was beginning to think that my beautiful Granddaughter had these weird, floppy skin flaps that would flutter in the Kansas wind.

It was so great to observe Jodi laughing and smiling so much. For the four of us to be looking at Olivia together was wonderful. How far we've come...indeed. We praise God daily for Olivia.....Grandpa and Grandma Sailing pray for Ryan, Jodi, and Sweet Olivia every day.