Wednesday, March 7, 2007

March 7, 2007

"You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body, and knit them together in my mother's womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous-and how well I know it. You were there while I was being formed in utter seclusion! You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your Book! How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! I can't even count how many times a day your thoughts turn towards me. And when I waken in the morning, you are still thinking of me!" Psalms 139: 13-18 Living Bible

My Aunt Karen left this verse on the comments section of the blog and I just love it. Kyle truly is a precious gift knit together by God! Thank you, Lord Jesus.

Kyle has a little fluid in his lungs. The doctors became suspicious of this last night and ordered an XRAY for this morning which confirmed their suspicions. They began him on a course of medicine he will take for three days, something that is very similar to a diuretic. Another XRAY was done this evening and the fluid is already beginning to dissipate. Kyle is doing great on his feedings, and the amount of milk he receives was increased to 3 cc's (a little over 1/2 a teaspoon) every three hours. As long as he continues to digest it properly, they will increase his feedings by 1 cc every 12 hours. Hopefully this will assist some in his gaining weight...his weight this evening was 1 lb. 3 oz.

I was allowed to cuddle with Kyle via Kangaroo Care for 3 1/2 hours this afternoon. I also was able to change his diaper twice, read him a book (The Pokey Little Puppy) and do two of his feedings. What a good day!

Several people have asked us the following questions. First, is Kyle able to open his eyes, since all of the pictures I have posted show him with his eyes closed. The answer is yes. When he was born, his left eye was still fused shut, however, it opened about a week ago. The average full-term baby sleeps 22 out of 24 hours a day, while Kyle, being almost 4 months early, sleeps considerably more that. This is something that is encouraged in the NICU...they would rather the babies rest to aid in their growth. Anyways, he is able to open his eyes, it is just that he is almost always sleeping. The other question I have been asked is whether we can hear him cry. When he is on the ventilator, he is not able to make any sound due to the tube that is down his throat. There have been two days when he was off the ventilator, and we were able to hear him cry then. When he cried, it was a very soft, tiny sound, almost more of a whimper. His lungs are about the size of a lima bean...not big enough to make big sounds yet. If you ever have questions, or are curious about something, feel free to leave your questions on the comments section and I'll do my best to answer them.

Thank you for your continued prayers for our family.

Much Love,

Jennifer, Joe, Madison and Kyle


Aunt Karen said...

Jennifer, Joe, Madison & Kyle,
I love the New International Version of that scripture also because it refers to being "fearfully and wonderfully made".

Psalms 139:
13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you.

The first thing I do each morning and the last thing I do each night is check your blog site for updates. You are doing such a wonderful job of keeping us informed so we'll know how to pray each day for all of you. Our friends who have never laid eyes on you feel like they know you because they are checking your blog each day, and we are all bound together in prayer. Everyone holds you in the highest regard as they see your faith and wonderful hearts as parents. We will go through "withdrawal" waiting for Jen to get back to Florida with the latest news. But we are also thankful that you will have time at home together. Hope Madison is feeling better by now and that you have a safe and fun trip.
Love and hugs,
Aunt Karen

Anonymous said...

Dear Jenny and family
So glad to hear that baby kyle is doing so good and starting to take more formula, he will be gaining weight in no time now. He looks so presious in all those pictures.

I am so glad your going to get to go to Ohio to see Madison, that will mean so very much to her. My granddaughter is also 8 years old and plays basketball and I know how she feel when you miss her games.

I hope you have a great trip home. I know you will miss baby Kyle, but it will be even better when you get to come back amd see him and how he has grown in those couple days.Those nurses will spoil him to death while your gone I'm sure.

You have a good trip and will miss your updates while your gone, but you can catch us all up as soon as you return.

Tell Dawn & Bob hi for me. Have a good trip and will be praying for all of you and baby Kyle of cource to. God Bless you all.

Aunt Sandra in Tn.

cat said...

Hello Family, I'm not sure if you know this but you news has spead to us here over in Australia. Dad and Aunt dotti have kept us informed and we have now discovered this blog. We are sending love and positive vibes every day and not a day goes by Elenor, Mum (Rose) and i (Cathryn) think and talk about Kyle. Love you all

Lynn said...

Hi Joe, Jen, Madison, and Kyle,

So glad to have the updates. Your faithfulness in giving us continual reports have eased our minds. We know that Kyle is getting stronger by the day, and are grateful to God for all the positive test results. Your family loves you deeply and you remain constantly in our prayers. Have a safe trip home and back again.

Love and Prayers,

Aunt Lynn and Uncle Bob