Alan and I just celebrated our 42nd anniversary, and it was especially happy and special for us because our anniversary was the due date for little Samuel, although—as you probably know—he was born 13 weeks early, back in November after Brianna had an emergency C-section due to a dangerous pre-eclampsia. Here Samuel is on Thanksgiving Day, and I was thinking about just how much has happened in the past 13 weeks, and how much he’s changed. Here he is on November 30, after Brianna had recovered enough to love him up. By December 1, he was allowed to go from a ventilator to a C-PAP, although the next week he developed pneumonia. Poor Baby Samuel was hooked up and wired every which way! 😦 By Christmas Day he was beginning to recover, but life was still really tough. By New Year’s Day, we were all beginning to feel very hopeful that he’d survive. However, then Sammy started developing eye problems, and eventually it was decided that he needed to be transferred from his NICU to a more specialized children’s hospital in case he needed eye surgery. Thankfully, his eyes have been improving (although they’re still at risk), but now he has inguinal hernias that will need to be surgically repaired before he can go home. If all goes well, they’re hoping to be able to operate by the end of next week. If Samuel had been born at 40 weeks, he might weigh over 8 pounds today, the way his daddy did when he was born, but with all his extra struggles, we’re just delighted that he’s passed the 5# mark!
(Dan and Sam are starting to relax and have some fun together!)Last Saturday, Brianna’s sisters threw a wonderful baby shower for her. We had tons of fun, and Brianna got tons of presents, toys, clothing, and stuff one needs to take care of a baby, so now all Sammy has to do is grow enough to fit into his new clothes! Well, I guess he will also have to endure and recover from his hernia repairs, learn to eat and breathe well enough…so lots of challenges yet.But, the doctors are encouraging us that if all goes well, he’ll be able to go home in 2+ weeks. We’re not crossing our fingers, but we’re all praying it will be soon!
By the way, if you’re willing, there’s now a new baby in the NICU: “Elin Faith Gillis was born on 2/12/15 at 12:13pm after a placental abruption and rupture of membranes. She was 24 weeks and 2 days. She is being treated at the Helen Devos Children’s hospital in Grand Rapids. She is 15oz. Her due date was June 2nd.” Thank you!
“But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.” (Malachi 4:2)