Thursday, July 1, 2010

Livi Update

Just wanted to give a quick update on our little Livi. We are going on almost 3 weeks in the NICU but she has done great the entire time. The biggest struggle with a baby as small and young as her is they can't quite get the suck-swallow-breath motions down together and eat enough on their own. Just this past week it has all come together though and she is on the fast track out of that place! She's up to 5lb 2oz and taking all her feedings without a tube!!

If all goes according to plan we should be able to bring her home Saturday morning! A few last feeding tests and then she will be all ours. Simultaneous "Yay" and "Yikes". Life as we think it would be has been on hold the past 3 weeks and we are anxious to have her home so we can get on with it. Things might even be less hectic then! We can only hope.

Ari is doing amazing. Makes everybody sick when they see how good she looks after just having a baby. Driving to and from the hospital dozens and dozens of times for feedings hasn't weakened her a bit. She has stayed so strong despite how much is being asked of her.

Mo continues to be enamored with his "Baby Sis" and is giddy each time we take him to see her. Just this past weekend they let him hold her for the first time and it was hilarious to watch how much he kissed her and would rub the top of her head saying that he was "petting her mane" -horse obsession reference there.

While it has been hard for all of us these past weeks we recognize how blessed we truly are. The support from everybody has been essential to us making it through each day. We have learned new levels of patience and love.

So that's the deal. Hopefully when Livi is home we can free her of a few of the tubes and wires she is hooked up to and get some better pictures. I always say she is too pretty to have the oxygen and feeding tubes taped to her face, but oh well its for her own good and for only a little while longer.


Megan said...

bless your hearts. the nicu is quite the rollercoaster. It seemed like everytime I went there it was either heartbreaking and depressing (they still can't come home! they still don't know how to breathe or eat on their own!) or totally thrilling (yay! they're doing so much better! hopefully they'll come home soon.) and the constant driving back and forth was really hard for me. i totally know what you're going through and here's hoping you get your adorable livi home soon!!!

Mick and Weez said...

So glad you are all doing well! You are troopers, and so is little livi. You have all been in our prayers. Can't wait to come see livi at home and meet her without the tubes. Good luck! We are pulling for you.

LeChem Fam said...

How fun for Mo to finally hold her! Thanks for always keeping us posted on the updates! We are glad she is doing so good and can't wait to meet her.

Leslie said...

jason and ari,
we are so happy baby Livi is home! She is beautiful, and from the sounds of things, a strong little one! Congrats again, and know that we are thinking of you!
Nick & Leslie McCleery

Ambo said...

truly happy for you guys that she is such a strong little girl! Ari is amazing, I hope I can have the same strength as her when it comes to Abigail going in to surgary in august. So happy for the arrival home of your little girl for you guys.