Isabella Danielle, born at 24 weeks and 1 day, 1lb 11oz, 12.5in

Zachary Michael, born at 36 weeks, 5lb 13oz, 18.5in

Alexander Charles, FULL TERM, 7lb 1oz, 20in

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Baby Bella Day 19

We spent the night up here outside the NICU and thankfully it was uneventful. Isabella has been reacting as they expect; her belly, chest and head are swollen. Her heart rate has slowly come down, but is still higher than a few days ago. Her blood pressure is a little low and they are giving her Dopamine to help bring up the pressure. Dr. McGahren came by and told us that the bowel looks good and the swelling is an expected amount. He is checking up on Isabella daily. Then we were around during rounds and got to hear them go over her condition. We had heard most of it already because Ellen, her nurse practioner, and Sarah, her nurse, have done an outstanding job of informing us of everything that is happening. They also do a good job of telling us what to expect and what the daily plan of action is for Bella today. Machel and I are tired, but we are very thankful for all of the wonderful care that she is receiving here at UVA. We are very blessed for all of the support and prayers that our family and friends are providing. Please continue to keep Isabella and all of the other babies in your prayers this Christmas Eve. Also, please pray for our friend Chris, we went to dinner with them a few nights ago and we found out that last night he had a heart attack. His family is so wonderful, Amy his wife and Chaysen his son are amazing and we are praying for them.

Here are some pictures of our little girl. The first one was right after she got back from the OR. The second is of mommy looking at our little angel (look in the background, nurse Jen is working so fast to get Bella stablized that she came out blurry). The last picture was taken today and she is quite puffy.

Thanks to my dad for sending me an email that pointed me to the following.....Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man


lauren said...

We just got back from mass - where we prayed our hearts out for your sweet, beautiful Bella!!

Amber said...

I have continued to pray for Isabella daily and know that God is watching over her. God is the great healer and he will continue to make baby Bella better each day. We are thinking of you guys this holiday season and also Aubrey wants to wish Bella a Merry Christmas. Stay strong she will do amazing and continue to grow and before long she will be back home with you guys. We wish you guys peace and love always.


stephanie said...

Wishing you a peaceful night in the NICU this Christmas Eve.

Mark and Rebecca said...

Machel and Chris,

We just want you to know that you are doing such a great job for Isabella, and that she is such a fortunate child to have such loving parents. As we celebrate on the night before our Saviors birth we know for certain that Bella and you are firmly in his hand. May he strenghten you each and every day for the challenges ahead, may he grant you peace and rest the Christmas.

Much love and a Merry Christmas from the Hale's

Parker's mom said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS BELLA!!!! and family...;) You look great! Glad to hear all is good with your belly. What another wonderful Christmas present for Mommy and Daddy. We are praying for you and as Bella has prooved already, prayer is a powerful thing! Have a wonderful Christmas.
Mere, Parker and family

kelly summers said...

Your & your family are in my prayers each day. Enjoy your first Christmas with your baby girl...