Isabella had a nice day! I got to hold her for almost two hours this afternoon. Bella zonked out on my chest in such a relaxed mode. Then Daddy and I did all of her care at 9pm. She was wide awake for the care and had a great time interacting with us. She did get a little over stimulated at the tail end and let us know by pitching a tiny bit of a fit. Right now Bella is doing well on her feeds, digesting the fortifier nicely. She is up to 1460g (3lb 3oz) and 39cm (13.75 in). They have her on L-carnatine for muscle tone, hordisol for jaundice, and caffeine to stimulate breathing. Looks like the normal preemie track from what we can tell; the apnea and bradycardia is slowly working itself out. Hopefully she will be able to push toward breathing on cannula some time next week.
Our Bella has been doing well, but today was a very difficult day in the NICU. You become very attached to other families, other babies in the NICU. You go through very similar difficulties, you talk to other parents, we are each others support through the difficult times and we share the joys in the good times. Unfortunately, Bella's neighbor for her first 6 weeks Cherish passed away today. It is so difficult to not see her when we pass by her old bed spot. Her parents were very kind hearted people who spent a lot of time at Cherish's side. We have prayed for her many times and tonight we prayed for the Lord to accept this little angel into Heaven and to comfort her family in their time of need. Shortly after Cherish passed away, another baby who was breifly our neighbor last week, also passed away after emergency surgery. Machel and I couldn't believe it. We have been here 7 weeks now and to be honest it is something that we try to block out and not think about. We try to focus on the positive and continue to look to the future, all of us parents in the NICU do that, it helps us cope with the situation. But now we are faced with the somber reality that the Lord sometimes calls these babies up to Heaven early and we have to trust in him. I ask that each of you pray for Baby Cherish and Baby Mohammed and their families. Remember to enjoy every moment of your life and tell your family and friends every chance you get that you love them. So thank you all for all of the prayers and love. We love you all very much.
But your dead will live;
their bodies will rise.
You who dwell in the dust,
wake up and shout for joy.
Your dew is like the dew of the morning;
the earth will give birth to her dead.