Snuffly Quotes

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Last night, after Lydia was all tucked into bed, I heard her crying, “I don’t want to be snuffly. I don’t want to be snuffly!”. This morning she assured me that she was no longer “snuffly” because she was only snuffly when she was sleeping.

In case you don’t speak “Lydia”, allow me to translate. We’re sick. Snuffly-gooby-runny-nose-sick. So, rather than write an Abby update today, I’ll postpone that for when she’s looking a little less…snuffly. But in the meantime, I’ll share some encouraging and though-provoking quotes that I’ve read lately on the topic of difficult circumstances.

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”
Helen Keller

“If we cannot believe God when circumstances seem to be against us, we do not believe Him at all.”
Charles Spurgeon

“God’s ways of answering His people’s prayers is not by removing the pressure, but by increasing their strength to bear it.”
DL Moody

“O Lord, by all thy dealings with us, whether of joy or pain, of light or darkness, let us be brought to thee. Let us value no treatment of thy grace simply because it makes us happy or because it makes us sad, because it gives us or denies us what we want; but may all that thou sendest us bring us to thee, that, knowing thy perfectness, we may be sure in every disappointment that thou art still loving us, and in every darkness that thou are still enlightening us, and in every enforced idleness that thou art still using us; yea, in every death that thou art still giving us life, as in his death thou didst give life to thy Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.”
Phillip Brooks

Abby Update: 51 Days Old

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Gestation: 35 weeks, 6 days
Weight: 4 pounds, 12 ounces
Feedings: 42 milliliters every 3 hours by gravity or bottle

The roller coaster continues. Yesterday our nurse was pleased to tell us that Abby took all of her feedings by bottle overnight. At rounds the doctor said she may come home next week.

Last night we found out that Abby stopped stooling again. And she’s been back to having residuals. I was surprised, though, when she nursed 20 ml and then took a few more from a bottle. Still, it’s hard not to wonder if we’re going to have a repeat situation with the residuals and no dirty diapers. The nurse ended up giving her a suppository, which helped her to go.

This morning Lydia started throwing up. Dan and I have tried to be very careful about staying away from anyone who is sick because of the strict NICU rules about not allowing sick people in. NICU rules are that no one is allowed in if they’ve had any signs of illness within the past 48 hours. Dan stayed home with Lydia while I went in to nurse and hold Abby this morning.

Abby didn’t want to nurse. She took all but the last 6 ml from her bottle. Then, as I was burping her, she had a big spit up. All over me. All over herself. The nurse put her back in her crib to change her clothes and she started spitting up more and just didn’t stop for a while. She even spit up out of her nose and pushed her feeding tube out. Everything was a mess and we had to call the doctor to report it all. The doctor put in orders for Abby to get an abdominal x-ray to find out what’s going on down there. I had to leave before they came to do the x-ray, so I guess you’ll all just remain in suspense until Monday. Hopefully it’s good news.

It’s possible that Abigail could have come down with whatever Lydia has. However, by this afternoon, Lydia appeared to be better. She’s eaten two meals without any problems. And she’s been energetic and cheerful. Now, she’s down for a nap (she was a little sleepier than her normal healthy self).

Praise the Lord
We are thanking God for:
-Abby’s progress on bottles (64% yesterday)
-the possibility of going home as early as next week (depending on recent developments)
-that Lydia appears to be improving already

Please Pray:
-that we would be able to figure out what is causing Abby’s residuals and spit ups, if anything of concern
-that Abby would not get sick (that goes for Dan and I too!)
-that Lydia would get better soon
-that Abby would eat more