Samuel at 31 Weeks: “A Womb with a View” and a King-Sized Bed

Dan Watching DanielAs their friend Matt Hoffman pointed out:
Hey look … Sammie’s got a womb with a view!” Samuel hard at work As you might guess from my ability to enjoy a good joke, as hope rises, humor returns.Preemie on his tummyThe doctors predicted that weeks 2-3 would be hard, but that if Baby Samuel is to survive, he’d most likely make a turn for the better in the fourth week. Preemie in isoletteTo say he’s doing just fine would be a  gross overstatement, but his pneumonia seems to be gone, and he’s even been off the ventilator for 3 days now!   🙂 Preemie on a SiPAPThankfully, they’ve been able to replace the ventilator with a SiPAP machine, which is less invasive but still not anything close to comfortable! Baby holding ear There’s always something going on, poor fellow.   😦Preemie struggling to breathe He’s getting plenty of oxygen into his lungs but has tiny lungs have trouble pushing the air back out, so there’s a problem with CO2 building up.  We are praying that his lungs mature enough to handle exhausting the CO2 without needing to go back on the ventilator.So much fussing with a preemie!Another really significant step this week is that Baby Samuel graduated from needing IV feeding and has been gettingPreemie with SiPAP  fortified breast milk directly through a tube into his stomach.  Mom holding preemieSamuel’s also well enough to enjoy a little cuddle time with his mom again.Shared by Sarah J.Thank you, dear ones, for being with us! Samuel has a long way to go before he’s in the clear, but we are praising God for each answered prayer along this difficult journey, and we’re so thankful for your prayers and support. 12.14.14 King Size Bed In just a few days, it will be Christmas, and Samuel will be one month old, Lord willing. I am reminded of Jesus, whose birth and life we will be celebrating. He didn’t have the privilege of being born in a hospital or having a womb with a view. Still, He was born in a king-sized bed (the smallest in the world), Father watching over preemie and He had a father who watched over him with love more tender than that of the most loving human father. Preemie sleeping in isolette It is my prayer that not only Samuel—but each of us—will sleep in heavenly peace, resting safely under the mighty hand of God. Father and Son hands“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust” (Psalm 91:1-2). Preemie holding mother's finger“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time” (1 Peter 5:6).

4 responses to “Samuel at 31 Weeks: “A Womb with a View” and a King-Sized Bed

  1. Still praying. What a beautiful baby! And what a beautiful update.

  2. Still praying like mad. May God have mercy on this little child and bless him and his parents! Just read about the blood transfusion and the complications after that. This little fellow is really fighting for his life! May God continue to help him and care for him.

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