Saturday, February 28, 2009

It's been almost a week since we have updated the blog. We have moved to a room with a window. You know you've been in the NICU long enough when you start scoping out which "neighborhood" you want to move to. It's a very difficult desicion, especially when you have to consider loud neighbors, the quality of the schools, property values and taxes, etc. Hee Hee. The nurses and doctors continue to look out for the best care for Jacob. Several have fallen in love with him.

Here's the latest updates on Jacob's care:
Jacob is getting 5 ounces of milk a day, which by comparison is a small amount, but is part of the process to wake up his stomach and intestines. He is still on a conventional ventilator, but his settings are minimal and the doctors seem pleased. Our next steps are to increase feedings so that his body gets stronger and he can be on less IV fluids for nutrition. We also are going to decrease the amount of nitric Jacob gets in his air, which will allow us to make more improvements with ventilation. It would be one less thing Jacob is dependent on.

There are so many of you praying for us and for Jacob's progress. Here are some specific things that we can petition to God on Jacob's behalf.

1)Please pray that Jacob can get off the ventilator and onto "Vapotherm." This would mean that Jacob is taking control of his own breathing and will not have a tube down his throat.

2) Please pray that Jacob's body will tolerate more milk and that he will get stronger.

3) Please pray for the nurses and doctors that make decisions about Jacob's care; that God will be their hands throughout this journey.

Being here has opened our eyes. There are multiple families in the NICU that are going through similar trials. It is heartbreaking knowing that there are couples just down the hall that are fighting for their child's health, as we are. Sometimes the news is not positive and we are reminded of what God has brought Jacob through and of the miracles that are performed here on a daily basis.


  1. Thanks for the update. Sounds like he is making good progress. Slow and steady wins the race! Thanks for the specifics to pray for. I will keep praying and pass them along. Love and prayers.

  2. I am praying for Jacob and your family! I think of you all often. It sounds like great blessings are happening!
    God Bless.

    ~Theresa Luciano

  3. thanks for updating! still thinking of jacob often and keeping you in my prayers. sounds like good progress!

  4. Jeff & Julie,
    So happy to hear your miracle baby is making progess! We pray for you and think of you daily!
    Miss you in Sonseekers and I am sure your students miss you too!
    Hugs! Darci and Jimmy

  5. Julie and Jeff,

    We are praying for you three throughout each day and are so blessed to be a part of your lives through your blog updates. We love you three and are happy with Jacob's progress.

    Ryan & Jeremy

  6. Julie,
    I think of you, Jeff and Jacob all of the time and am still praying for little Jacob TuTu's progress. :) As I have always known from the time you shared your news with us,he is in God's hands and EVERYTHING is going to be allright. I love you and can't wait to see you guys. The fourth grade team misses you. Call us when you can.


  7. Congratulations on your "MOVE!" A move in the NICU is usually an indicator of "good news". I am truly amazed at Jacob's progress. Divine intervention has been so evident in his little life! I feel so blessed to be a part of and witness to this modern day miracle. My prayers, along with sooooooo many others have been heard and answered by our most gracious Father. Although Jacob and both of you have a long road ahead, it is most comforting to know that the Lord is on your side. Love & blessings to all three.
    Lovingly, Lynette

  8. My wife and I are praying for you daily. The miracle of God's hand on Jacob is a testimony I love to share.

  9. Jeff, Julie & Jacob,

    We are continuing to pray for you all and baby Jacob as he continues to fight and heal from all he has gone through. We will be specific about your requests. Thank you again for sharing your story...Jacob's fight and God's healing has really touched my heart!
    Jessica Cook

  10. prayers continue - specific prayers that you have asked for - prayers of thanksgiving that God has given you this time as a family - prayers of thankfulness to God that Jacob has you two as his parents - Gary and Judi

  11. The Williams Family- We are praying steady and thank you for updating us on what to pray for. Kalyn says hi-She is in Mrs. Buchanan's class, but she still doesn't know the details. We love you!

  12. Thanks for the update and for your spicific needs. Your little JET has already prooven he's a fighter so we're praying that he keeps it up. We will also be praying you and jeff as well.

    With Love in Christ,