Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - Look How Far I've Come!

This is when I was still in mommy’s tummy. I only got to stay there for 23 weeks and 1 day.

This is right after I was born. I only weighed 1 lb 1.5 oz and was 11.5 inches long.

My eyes were fused. My skin was almost transparent.
My head was only about the size of a lemon.

My legs were only about the size of an adult finger.

But, I knew Mom and Dad were there every day.

I was on the ventilator for over 2 months.

Some people don’t consider a baby born as early as me even viable.

But, my mom and dad put their trust in God and gave me a chance.

I couldn’t wait to get off the ventilator. But, little did I know that meant
I had to go onto CPAP. I didn’t like that one bit.

Finally, I was put on nasal cannula. I didn’t mind it so much.

Here I am practicing my karate. . .because, I’ve heard everyone say that I can kick butt.

I finally was able to be wrapped up like a baby.

And, I found out about pacifiers!

I had to learn how to take a bottle before I could come home.

I’m now learning all about what home is and I’m loving it.


Anonymous said...

Olivia, you sure have come a long way! We are so happy for all of you! (And aren't we glad to say that even though some people don't consider 23 wk babies viable, you proved them WRONG!)
Congratulations! We will be praying for all of you as you make the transition back home!
PS- I have to say I love the picture of Jodi standing with Olivia next to the elevators! Every one of us who had a baby in the NICU understands what it's like to go up and down those everyday without your baby and I'm so glad you finally got to make the trip WITH Olivia!

Cora said...

Congrats on the big homecoming! Olivia just looks fabulous in her big girl bed. I bet she is making Logan so very proud. Thinking of you in this wonderful, yet sometimes scary time!

Anonymous said...

I have a co-worker who follows this blog everyday. I was home today and couldn't help but look this blog up for myself!! Congrats on everything. Keep the faith, and remember "All things work togethter for the good of those who love the Lord." Praying for and with you. You have a very, very special baby.

Anonymous said...

Wow -- seeing those pictures from beginning to now are amazing. Only God... so glad for you guys!
a friend of a friend of a friend shared your blog with me and I have been blessed by watching olivia grow and your amazing display of faith.

Sarah Furlough said...

Wow, what a testament she is to your faith and dedication. I look forward to watching her grow!

Jenn E said...

I'm crying I'm so happy for you all!!!

We do indeed serve an awesome God!!


Anonymous said...

The day Olivia went home is a day we are thankful for and one we will always celebrate(something better than another B-day for Chris.)Our tears are about all we can say right now.

Love & prayers,
Chris & Jean

Granny D said...

It is such a great Christmas miracle to know that you are home with Olivia. Enjoy!

Judith and Jason said...

Congrats on making it home! YEAH!

Anonymous said...

I love the compilation of pictures showing the beginning and progress towards home! We'll all be looking forward to the next 25 years of progress reports!!

God is so good. Hugs...Shelly K.

Anonymous said...

Wow! She looks so amazing! Jodi, I love that picture of you standing in front of the elevators. I am so glad that Livi got to go home! We didn't have school yesterday, thank you Lord, so I couldn't check, and I had been wondering and thinking about you driving home with all the ice. But I'm easily put back at ease knowing that she is home, safe in the arms of love.
Love you all,
Stay Strong,

Anonymous said...

We are so happy that Olivia is home! :) This is a day that we have all been praying for!! I can't wait to get to see her and snuggle her! :)
Love Mandy & Amie at Dopps :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this update. It's awesome to see how far she's come. It hardly seems possible, but Olivia is living proof that it is.


Anonymous said...

i have been watching your blog for it seems along time. Iam so happy that you and your precious Olivia are finally home. She is such a fighter. What a beautiful little girl you have. I got your blog through Shannon Woolley who is my great niece.
You have such a gift for expressing your feelings. You should be writing books.
May God watch over your family as you make the transition of being home. Praise the Lord!!!
Keep up the blog.

Laura said...

Yay, Yay!!I am so happy for both of you and so excited for Olivia. My co-workers and I have been checking this blog everyday since Olivia and Logan were born. Reading this blog has shown me faith and strength that I have never seen before, thank you for sharing Olivia with us all. Congratulations Mom and Dad, best wishes and God bless.
Laura Besse (Northrop) Johnson

Anonymous said...

THAT will make a grown man cry! (and a grown woman!)

So, so awesome!!!!