Happy Long Weekend!: 874g

Hi everyone!

Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend. After a rainy day yesterday it cleared up in the evening and today it’s warm and sunny!

Everyone is doing great here. Theresa is feeling better and better. Soon her stomach will be healed, or at least comfortable.

Jade is doing great too! We went in on Friday night and couldn’t figure where she was. She had been moved to Level II! We get to hold her everyday now for at least 30 minutes but usually closer to 45 or 60min. Both Theresa and I have been able to hold her. It’s been really nice.

Jades breathing has been good. Not too many Apneas and she’s been correcting herself most of the time when she forgets to breath. She’s eating 18ml of breast milk (through a tube to her stomach) every 3 hours now. Theresa is trying her best to keep up. It’s pretty amazing how well she’s been doing. Every nurse remarks on how strong she seems to be and how healthy she is. She’s a lot more active now when she’s awake. She moves her hands and arms a little and squeeks and opens her eyes and seems to try to look around.

She has blue eyes. At least for now. You can just barely make out the color.

I think that’s about all. We’ve been having a nice weekend. Saw some friends and my Dad and Step-mom are coming to visit tonight and tomorrow.

Enjoy the new pictures and the rest of your weekend!


A little Blood never hurt anyone

So yesterday I got a bit of a scare. Theresa phoned around lunch time, in tears, to tell me that they were going to give Jade a blood transfution because her Red Blood Cell count was low. Poor girl, she was really upset about it. They phoned her so that they could get her consent of course but she didn’t react too well to the news. I wish I could have been home with her.

So I got home from work and we went to the hospital after having some dinner. The nurse told us that the transfusion went well and that there was nothing to worry about. That made Theresa feel much better. Like T said… the Pediatrician actually told us when Jade was born that she would likely need to be given blood at some point, so it wasn’t a surprise, it was just a little bit of a shock to the system because Jade had been doing so well and this seemed like the first “serious” problem.

Luckily, though, it wasn’t… just one of those things that they do. The nurses and doctors are all amazing and we’re lucky to have Jade in their care.

Jade was doing well again last night… she was fussing quite a bit while the nurse changed her and cleaned her and changed her blankets. I had never seen her squirm so much before. There were arms and legs flying everywhere! She was also very awake, as in her eyes were WIDE open.. well, relatively speaking anyway, they were much wider than T and I had seen them before. We tried to get as close up to her as possible so that maybe she could recognize her parents but who knows if she can even focus at all.

Other than that.. not too much new. Jade never missed a beat for her transfusion, so we’re trying to keep up by bringing in new bottles of milk everyday. She grew another 4g I believe yesterda. So that should put her around 854g.



Growing Stronger: 850g

Well, Mom is out of the hospital, so there isn’t much to say about her anymore and I’m sure she’s happy about that. 🙂

Jade is continuing to do really well. I just put up the latest pictures and movies so be sure to check them out there are some real treasures.

Jade is now a whopping 850g (908g is 2lbs). She’s growing fast.. but luckily not too fast (which would mean her kidneys aren’t keeping up with the feeding). So all is quite well. They took away her IV yesterday! She still has the needle in her arm just in case she needs it again but as of last night her only supply of food was her moms’ milk! YAY

On that note, Mom is working hard to keep up with Jades’ feeding needs. She went from needing 3ml/3hrs to 10ml/3hrs in just a few days! So Mom has her work cut out for her. We stocked up on a million little bottles… we’ll have to dedicated a whole cupboard to them I think. We’re going to get a little mini deep-freeze I think as well so that there is space to store all the milk.

It’s all quite exciting. Theresa and I are still really enjoying her finally being home. It’s sure nice to have her home. Heidi missed her too.

Actually, I should take a moment to tell you a little story about the cat too. I thought we lost her a couple days ago when she didn’t come down to greet me in the morning like she normally does. It turned out that she somehow managed to squeeze her little body into our shed outside and then couldn’t get back out! So she spent the night and morning outside… silly kitty. Theresa only noticed her when her mom went by the door and a little paw came out as if waving for help.

Well, not much else to report really… as they say, no news is good news… tonight I’ll hopefully be able to hold Jade. I’m nervous and excited… but mostly nervous. I’m sure I’ll get used to it though. I just have to remember not to look at all the beeping/blinking monitors!

Oh… and I’ve set up Theresa here so that she can post updates as well. She’s not as much of a writer as me though, so who knows what you’ll squeeze out of her. 🙂

Talk to you soon!