Monday, April 11, 2011

Harper Lynn: Days 4-6

Sorry for the absence. We've had a hectic few days and I've tried to blog, but it just hasn't happened.

Friday was rough. We just won't talk about it because I'd have to admit that I sobbed uncontrollably most of the day in anticipation of being released from the hospital and then when I finally left...well, it was ugly. Moving out of the hospital was one of my hardest days with Eli and Landon too. There is just something about living just one floor away that is SO comforting. I was able to come down to the NICU many times in the middle of the night and I was never that far from Harper.

We moved into the Ronald McDonald house here in Lubbock, so we are only about 5 minutes from the hospital. The Ronald McDonald house is just incredible. It has already been such a blessing for us. I'll have to write more about it later, but I almost tear up just thinking about how wonderful it is to have a "home away from home" here so close to Harper. Come to think of it, almost everything makes me cry these days...can you say hormonal?

Dustin had gone home Thursday night to try and get a day of work in, so he brought the boys up Friday evening and they all spent the weekend here in Lubbock. Eli and Landon are SO good for the heart. I was really needing to see them and it was so nice to be together for a few days.

Now on to Harper...

It is really amazing to me just how well Harper is doing. I never imagined things could be going this well. She is off of the warmer, which means she can keep her own body temperature up. It also means that we get to dress her in all of her precious clothes. You can probably imagine how much that excites me. She now weighs 5 pounds, 6.8 ounces! She only lost weight one day and then she started gaining. She is already almost 4 ounces higher than her birth weight. She still hasn't shown any symptoms that she's in any kind of distress, so the doctors have said that as soon as she can take all of her feedings by mouth for 24-48 hours, we can go home. HOME! can you believe it?

But...the eating part isn't going so well. It might take her a little while to get the stamina she needs to do all of that eating on her own. She gets better every day, but she still has quite a ways to go.

I have SO much more to write about, but that is basically how we're doing right now. We are so thankful for the cards, flowers, visits, calls, texts, emails, and just the general love that has been shown for our family. And, of course, the prayers. Thank you so much.

It wouldn't be worth reading all of that if you didn't get to see this precious little girl, right? Here are some pictures of my girl and her daddy that is totally smitten with her:


Crystal said...

Oh Amy, She is beautiful. I know what it was like to be discharged and not get to take my babies home. I refused to leave my hospital room. The hospital finally started renting the room to me like a hotel room so I could stay. I boo hooed anyway. I boo hooed when Heath was released without Hunter, too. Oh! The emotional, hormonal, days! Glad to hear that she is doing well. Praying she gets the eating thing down soon so you can all be together as a family.

Bethany said...

so precious!!! Harper's eyes speak so much...they're beautiful! You're a blessed mommy, Amy, and I'm so happy for you! :)

Kathryn said...

Dads are proud of their sons, but there is NOTHING like the sweetness of a daddy with his baby girl!

Jacki said...

Prayers prayers and more prayers going out to you and your sweet family!! Baby Harper has been blessed with such a great family and 2 adorable little brothers!! I hope you guys get to bring that baby girl home soon!!!
Lots of prayers,
Miss Jacki!!!

D'Ann said...

Harper just gets more beautiful every time you post pictures. Ya know the eating situation will get better too because God and Harper make a great team!!! Look how they are showing their power:) Love to all of ya.

Amy Holifield said...

I can't wait to get my hands on that beautiful baby! I love her dark hair!

Elizabeth said...

She just looks so sweet! God IS good...what a blessing and such good news. Praying ya'll will get to go home soon.

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