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

Sunday, April 19, 2009

All the Expressions

Here is our week in pictures! The princess continues to be photogenic as well as her parents being camera happy. Of course, it is a little harder to snap constant photos these days, but we still capture as many moments as we can.

Bella is doing well. Growing and becoming more expressive, and we know this is only the beginning. All the faces she makes are just so darn cute. She seems to be tracking a little better each day and responding to interaction more fluidly. We continue to ogle at how pretty she is and be thankful to hold her in our arms. Even when she potties on us or keeps us up all night, we still count our blessings and tell her thank you for those things (it might be a bad habit, but it is just so hard not to). And we are so guilty about letting her sleep in our bed with us. She just seems to like it so much more than that uncomfortable bassinet...good justification, right!?!

We have started mixing formula into her daily eating schedule. The breast milk supply has greatly dwindled with her massive appetite. Bella seems to really like the formula too. Maybe this is a good sign that she is going to have mommy and daddy's appetite and not be a picky eater (we just love food).

Her skin and eyes are carrying a much lower yellow tint. She has a GI appointment this week. So we are crossing our fingers that the CBili level is way down compared to when we left VA. We also hope to get some insight to her hernias. The one on her right side seems to have gotten slightly bigger.

Early Childhood Intervention came last week to do a basic assessment. They are the group that looks over a child's development during infancy. With additional observation they will determine whether Bella qualifies for physical therapy, vision teaching, speech therapy, etc. We just filled out paper work and hope to get the actual initial exams out of the way in the next few weeks. Based on the fact that she was so premature, she already qualifies for certain risk factors.

We will give you another medical update after her GI and eye appointments this next week.

Romans 8:31-32
...If God is with us, no one can defeat us. He did not spare his own Son but gave him for us all. So with Jesus, God will surely give us all things.

Peace & God Bless


lauren said...


Candice said...

Hi guys! Definitely sign up for ECI even if you don't plan to use it in the beginning, or at all. It is a great service to have in case you need it and Bella should qualify because of her gestation at birth I would imagine. We have opted to put Rhys in private PT just because it is more frequent than ECI, but later when we feel he's where he needs to be we might switch him over. Glad to hear all is well.

CAnderson said...

It's so nice to read your update and see the great pics. She grows more adorable each week! Obviously she's taking after her Mommy! :)

Anonymous said...

She is just adorable! If you ever need any information on different assistance(s) that should might qualify for, let me know. I deal with most of these types of things at my school for the 3-5 year olds. From birth to 3 children can be helped through Easter Seals. Give Bella kisses - what a cutie!

Kim, Jeff, and Mallory

amyoutlaw said...

Awesome pics. What a great Easter for ya'll to celebrate this year.


Miracles said...

She's beautiful!!

langhofflove said...

Hello Delange Family! I am new to your blog and have fallen in love with your sweet little princess already and her amazing story that you tell so sweetly. I also noticed, in past posts, a little burnt orange and would just like to say she will have none of that :-D Gig 'em Aggies! Ya'll are in my prayers as this wonderful time in life progresses with struggles and triumphs.

langhofflove said...

P.S. I also noticed ya'll are from Midland - my fiancé grew up there and his family still lives there - what a small world!