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Wednesday, January 7, 2009


Gracelyn and Ellie are both doing really well. Gracelyn is now taking all her feedings from a bottle. The dr. is changing the number of calories that are being added to her milk. Everytime a change in their feeding is made they have to be monitored for 24 hours. So, she is getting close to being ready to come home, but she isn't quite there yet. Ellie is getting close to taking all her feedings from a bottle. Yesterday she was getting 2 out of 3 bottle feedings so I am guessing that she will be bumped up to all today, but we haven't heard from the dr. so not sure on that. They did another echo a couple of days ago and the PDA hasn't changed, but she is still asymptomatic. As long as it isn't bothering her they will send her home with it and we will follow up with a cardiologist. Both girls are now in open cribs and are maintaining their body temp well.

I just talked to the doctor and he said that Gracelyn is staying with the same feeding as yesterday so if she continues to gain weight today there is a good chance we will room in with her tomorrow and then bring her home over the weekend. Sooooo exciting! Ellie is taking a while with her bottle feedings so he did not change her's, either. She will stay at 2 out of 3 for another couple of days. He mentioned that it is hard to know if she is slower because she is small or if it has something to do with the PDA. They will continue to watch and decide if something needs to be done. He did mention that Ellie really is acting her age. She isn't really behind where she should be based on her age. (Remember, I should still be 34 weeks pregnant.) It is more that Gracelyn is just advancing very well.

We have gotten to hold the girls together the last few days. It is really neat having them in the same room right next to each other. This first picture is from Saturday. I got to hold both girls for the first time.

Gracelyn has on the pink hat and Ellie has on the red one. Mommy looks a little tired, don't ya think?!?!

Dave holding both girls. He is such a great dad already. Why doesn't he look as tired as me???

Ellie (pink) and Gracelyn (hearts) showing their love holding hands. They have to be the most precious babies EVER!!!

God has blessed us beyond anything we could have ever imagined and we can't wait to share these little blessings with all of you. Keep those prayers coming! We see them being answered every day!!!


Jill said...

Oh my, seeing them holding hands sure does tug at the heart strings! Thank God for the progress...I am so happy for the girls and you and Dave. Love ya!

Kara Sheets said...

love the picture of them holding hands. they are precious! glad things are improving- hopefully you will be able to start next week off with a baby at home!

Julie P. said...

they are so beautiful, just angelic! So excited for you and praying for your girls!

Haegelin Family said...

oh i'm SO happy for this update. they look so pretty, pink and healthy. and you and dave look like naturals! you are in my prayers! can't wait until you get to have them both at home with you.

The Dodson Family said...

I have been hoping to hear some news from your blog, So glad to hear the news and see the amazing gifts God has blessed you two with. They are simply amazing.

Jamie said...

Hi...I am one of Jill's friends from ACU...your girls are too precious! I have twin girl cousins and they love eachother so much they pray for their own twins daily so that their children can have what they did...what a blessing they have in each other, I love the holding hand pic! congrats! praying for your family!

Matthew and Jes said...

Love the updates and the pictures...and you look GREAT girl! Don't you even worry about Dave looking all awake and perky! You have been through the ringer the past few months and your body has a lot going on right now! We can't wait to meet your girls and to see you guys! The holding hands thing brought tears to my eyes as well as the feeding tubes. That has got to be a killer on you to see them taped up...but I know it helping them! I can't wait for them to be all yours with no help from tubes! Love you guys...Jessica

Amy L. Jackson said...

Julia--They are precious! Good to talk to you last night, and we'll be praying for you all. Try and rest, if you can!


Suzanne said...

the girls are BEEEEAUTIFUL! and so is their mommy! ;) great update! i'm so excited for you guys!

aggiejenn@ReflectingHim said...

They are so precious! I hope they'll both be home with you before too long. Get as much rest as you can now! I'm so glad you are all doing GREAT!!

The Davis Daily said...

They are so sweet and tiny! I will definitely keep the girls in my prayers that you will have them both home soon!