But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him and his righteousness with their children's children . . . Psalm 103:17

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Feisty little Seth

Not much to report tonight regarding test results, except that Seth's carbon dioxide blood level is a point lower than yesterday's (heading the right direction, but still high), his pH is slightly higher (so he's slightly less acidic, a good thing!), and his x-ray may have been slightly better than yesterday's. It was hard for the nurse practitioner to discern much difference between the two days, but the important thing is that his lungs are so very much less inflamed than Sunday. There's still a little bit of haziness in his right upper lobe, I think. Thank you for your continued prayers!

The encouraging subject of this post refers to Seth's continued "war" with his oscillator. Instead of just lying there limp, he keeps trying to over-breathe the machine or flail about, so they've actually had to give him meds to calm him down! Both the nurse and nurse practitioner said that's a good thing, seeing him so feisty and fighting like that. He's down to 35% oxygen still tonight, SO much better than needing the 60% he needed on Sunday! The oscillator pressure is also lower than previously, so he's heading in the right direction. I pray (and know so many of you will, too) he continues to do so and doesn't relapse as he is weaned off the steroid. He didn't grow the past two days, but hasn't lost much ground either and is still 10 grams ahead of taller David. :) Please pray his little brain continues to develop well and he continues to be free of infections! Thank God that has not been an issue yet.

Precious tiny Gracie is doing great, on only low oxygen (mid-20%'s). I can't wait to hold these little ones. Marcie too, who is unholdable as long as she has the Broviac. (She has so much hair! It's so light and usually covered by a cap, so I didn't really notice until today.)

I got to hold both David and Will today! I felt SO rich! They are too precious and perfect for words, just like their siblings. It was weird to know I was only holding a third of my children in my arms . . .

Lengths at birth: David 15 and 3/8th inches, Will 15 and 1/8th inches, Seth 14 and 3/8th inches, Marcie 14 and 1/8th inches, and Gracie at only 12 and 5/8th inches. Grace is tiny but no thinner than Marcie for length, looks like. Right now our babies are "big" at 2 lb 3 oz up to 3 lbs 2 oz. :)

Seth, Marmi, Papa, and Isaac

Marmi, Papa and Gracie

David and Will
Marcie's head of hair (couldn't see her from the front very well)

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

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