Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Charlotte ~ 40 days


She has now doubled her weight at 4 pounds 6 ounces. It's amazing what 2 pounds 3 ounces can add to her tiny body.

I really wish all of you could see the transformation!
God is truly amazing! We are in awe of His handiwork as we have watched her grow these last 40 days.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Update July 25th

Guess who is weighing in at over 4 pounds? 

Charlotte Hope! 

At 36 days old Charlotte is 4 pound & 2.7 ounces. She's doing great holding her temperature And she's still having some apnea/bradycardia events. She's taking about 30% of her feedings herself and the rest they are still tubing. 
With everything going well Her feedings seem to be the biggest thing she needs to get down now. She is just 35 weeks gestation age, so it's still early for her to be doing all of this herself! Charlotte is amazing to be fighting so hard and God is amazing to have formed us in this way!

Please keep praying that Charlotte will continue to grow strong and healthy. That she will continue to do great and increase her feeds. 

On Monday, it will be 7 weeks I've been here in OKC... And I cannot wait to be home with my whole family all together. ...Before I was transferred here I was really enjoying my Bible study of Gideon... I knew he was in the Bible but I honesty didn't know his story. :)
I remember reading the study the first two weeks and being excited to read the Bible and learn what God was going to do through his life. 
One point that stood out to me as I reflected on my own life was that I rather enjoyed my comfortable life. I am a home body and enjoy my family being all together. We do things intentionally to make this a priority.
I asked God to show me how He could use me by taking me out of my comfort zone. Last weekend while talking with my friend (or rather while I was complaining about how I'm just not comfortable here and that I just want to be home.) it hit me... God has answered my prayers and instead of taking it as a gift I was in a hurry to get out of here. 
With Charlotte we are waiting while we watch her grow... It's really in His hands.
So this past week I have tried to be more intentional about others around me. 
I pray God is glorified in and through my broken life. And I am grateful for the mercy He has so graciously given us to sustain us during this time. 

P.s. Although I've changed my perspective I pray every day that they tell us a date we can go home! :) 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Update... 35 weeks or 1 month old. :)

Charlotte is now weighing 3 lb 13.7 oz. she will be at 4 pounds, the minimum goal weight for going home, soon!
She's looking really cute in her outfits and pretty blankets. :)

A few other "milestones" she must meet before going home and we would love prayer for are that she must take all her feedings herself, not through a tube.
Right now she is allowed to try every other feeding time but has been doing a little more than half through the bottle then they tube the rest. It's a lot of work for her and she gets worn out. She has taken the full feed for me 2x of the last several days.

Also she is still having apnea/bradycardia spells. They are becoming less but she still gets them. I am not totally sure when they will be okay with her going home while still having these.

So those are two things we would love prayer for.

As you have prayed specifically in the past, God has answered.
Thank you for joining us in praying for these things as well!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Charlotte had an eye exam...

Eye exam went well.
It looked scary but Charlotte was very brave. 

They do not see any signs at this time of ROP eye disease. Praise God. 

... but her eye vessels are still maturing, as they would be at 34 weeks gestation. So they she will have an eye exam every 2 weeks until she is full term. 

Thanks for the continued prayers!

Kissing baby sister's nose...

...  It's Lila's "thing".  

She thinks it's so silly to kiss your nose... she finally got to hold her and kiss her nose!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Charlotte is totally rocking the weight!

She's at 3 pounds 2.8 ounces!
Just over a whole pound up from her birth weight.

Today she would've been 34 weeks so she's still having her apnea/ bradycardia spells.
They make me nervous but the nurses and doctors say it's normal for a preemie and are keeping an eye out for her.

This week I was getting weary. Not because anything bad happened... But because this is hard. I know it's not as hard as others have it and we have a LOT to be thankful for... But it's still hard.
I was pouring my heart out to God (and later again to Michael)... that as great as she is doing that there is still no talk about going home. On one hand, I do understand that. And I know she's not ready yet. But I'm someone who likes a plan... The plan can change, I just need a plan.
And as of right now all they keep saying is "expect your due date." Which is 8/25. That's 6 weeks from today! I've already been here for a month. I'm a home body who loves having my family close. I have never been away from Lila or Michael this long and I can't stand to leave Charlotte either. I'm SOOO ready for our whole family to be together again. I'm tired and weary...

Then we walked into a local church on Sunday and they were singing ...
"I know Who goes before me
I know Who stands behind
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side
The One who reigns forever
He is a Friend of mine
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

My strength is in Your name
For You alone can save
You will deliver me
Yours is the victory

Whom shall I fear?
Whom shall I fear?

And nothing formed against me shall stand
You hold the whole world in your hands
I'm holding onto Your promises
You are faithful
You are faithful

I know Who goes before me
I know Who stands behind
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side"

And then I was encouraged further by the sermon on John 14:16 where Jesus encourages the disciples by saying He will send the Holy Spirit to be with them. I needed that same encouragement that the disciples needed that day. Thank you Lord.

The Holy Spirit is with me and my girls have an army of angels by their side and we are not alone. I know Who goes before me!

This weekend we were together for the most part (can't always be at the hospital all day), but it was one of the hardest times to say goodbye to Michael and Lila.
I am sooooo grateful my mom and Michael's mom are still here helping out in a tremendous way (always with a smile too!)
I'm not sure where we would be without them! (Also thankful for Papa and Grandpa who sacrificed to have them come!)

Charlotte decided to thank us all too by letting us hold her in blankets!
This is a BIG deal y'all!
1. only Mama and Daddy could hold her skin to skin before now. (Which is also awesome)
2. I finally got to hold her and LOOK at her. Be amazed by all her little tiny parts and stand in awe of God's masterpiece!
3. The big sister and grandmas got to hold her for the very first time at almost 1 month old!

 Big Sister holding Baby Sister for the first time!
Sunday, July 13,2014

Grandma and Loulou Lovin!


Please continue to pray for her to gain strength and grow! Each ounce is a day closer to us going home and being all together.

Please also pray for strength for us to carry on as God has already proven faithful.

Also, I would love for you to pray for the other babies in the NICU many are not doing as well as our sweet Charlotte and I cannot imagine what the families are going through in these difficult times.

THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Update: Mama gets a "thumbs up" from Charlotte and doctors!

I apologize I haven't updated lately! I have just been enjoying snuggling with my baby girl and taking care of all the things new moms take care of. :)

Monday, July 7, 2014

Saturday, July 5, 2014

July 4th Update

Official Results are in!

Her PDA is small and has shown some healing!

So, they plan to let it close on it's own as the doctors don't believe it is really causing her any problems.

She's weighing in at 2 pounds 9 ounces! And got to wear a hat handed down from her cousins today... It was a lil big but I think she made it work. :) 

Maybe soon we will get to put clothes on her? :)

THANK YOU for your continued prayers! God is faithful! 

Watching fireworks from Charlotte's room in the NICU! Amazing!

Friday, July 4, 2014

❤️ Always & Forever

Daddy, Big Sister, & Baby Sister ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

Update: Unofficial results ... 7/3/14

Unofficial results ... show a small improvement in Charlotte's PDA. 
Also, nurses have not heard her heart murmur the last two days!
For right now we believe this means that they will just keep watching it. 

Praise The Lord for His many blessings!

We were unable to get the official results today because there were many critical babies today. Please keep all the babies and families of the NICU in your prayers. 

Thank you! 
And thank you for your continued prayers for Charlotte and our family. 

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalm 139:14

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July 1st... 12 days old


Seems to be doing great other than the PDA. She has passed her birth weight and starting to fill out. She is cute as ever! And she is now 15 3/4" ... She must get her "height" from her grandpa!
All the nurses call her feisty and she lets you know she doesn't like being messed with when she is sleeping. :)
She wants to suck her thumb but gets frustrated with the feeding tube in, but she does enjoy the paci. It's so cute to watch her suck it. You can tell it soothes her.
• PLEASE PRAY that the results from the heart ultrasound today are favorable for letting the PDA heal on it's own.
She has several apnea/ bradycardia spells daily. It needs to close so she doesn't have to go back on oxygen and be treated with medicines that could pose other risks to her tiny body.

Laura: I'm still healing from the csection, bp, preeclampsia & HELLP, and the allergic reactions.
However, After several doses of Benadryl the hives have started to go away. Praise God.
• Please continue to pray for my healing.
• Every day I feel better. Praise God.

Thank you for continuing to lift our family in your prayers. It's hard to be separated during this time but we look forward to the weekends all the more.

Thank you also to all who gave blood and plan to!

He is my strength.
in Him I put my trust!