Sunday, March 8, 2009

Go, Jacob Go!

As of Friday morning at 10:00, Jacob has been breathing without a ventilator! What an exciting moment for us to witness. What a blessing to be a part of a miracle. Truly, God has smiled on us and been gracious to us!
Jacob has never been as responsible for his life as he will be from this point on. His diapragm has to contract more and his muscles have to lift his chest more. He has to work harder than he has ever had to work before. This is a BIG hump/hurdle on this journey with Jacob. He still has some support through a nasal canula from a machine called Vapotherm. It provides oxygen and pressure so that when Jacob takes breaths, it keeps his lungs inflated and gives them the support they still need. But, if we can make it through the next few days, then we have made great progress.
Here are some pictures for you to enjoy!
Jeff with Jacob before they take out the tube.

Jacob, after taking out the big breathing tube.
He still has a tape mustache from the feeding tubes, the yellow and orange tubes, but his throat is finally FREE!

Removing the ventilator...yay!


Jacob on his tummy. They say it's easier on the muscles that help him breathe because it gives him some support. The big white pad on his arm is also gone now and his left arm is free too.


Jacob and mommy spending some time together.


Thank you for your constant prayers for Jacob. He is SO strong; our God has breathed his breath into him and given him a fighting spirit. We are all witnessing the glorious impossible. What a way to share how God is still actively working among us! Please continue to bring Jacob before our God and ask that he continue to breathe and not become too tired from having to work so hard. Please also pray that his feeds can continue to increase and that Jacob will begin to move the milk more quickly through his system. This is a long process, thanks for hanging in there with us and continuing to pray. It may be a couple more months worth of praying, but Lord willing, it will be worth it!

23 comments:

  1. What a little fighter.We have such an awesome God. I hope that this will be another week full of miracles for you,Jeff and Jacob. We will continue to pray for your sweet and beautiful family.

    Love,
    Sheri & kids

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  2. Way to go Jacob! Thank you God for yet another miracle! Our prayers will continue. What wonderful news to read first thing this morning! Once again thanks for the pictures.

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  3. This is suc wonderful amazing news! Thank you so much for keeping all your loyal prayer warriors posted on his amazing progress! You and your precious Jacob are still in our constant prayers!!

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  4. YEAH Jacob! He is doing so well. I will keep praying that he continues to improve daily with breathing and eating. Thanks for keeping the blog updated. I am glad you are getting to hold him. I love that picture of you holding him.

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  5. Oh, my goodness!! Praise God!!! Amen!!! What a wonderful gift. As always, you'r in our prayers!!!

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  6. Wow, Great news! Wonderful photos! Beautiful Family! Awesome God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. YAY JACOB!!! You're such a strong little boy!! My little guy Liam (15 mos) just looked at your pictures and is soo excited "Baby Baby" How exciting you're doing sooo well! I'll be praying you continue to be strong and get better soon so you can be home with Mommy and Daddy!! Always thinking of you all!!!
    ~Heather

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  8. Whoo hoo! Way to go Jacob! He is such a testimony! We'll keep praying! :)

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  9. Carrie texted me this news yesterday and I was so excited!!! Jacob is the strongest little boy and I have faith that God will continue to give him more strength in the coming days

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  10. Praise God for strong little boys. We will continue praying for your sweet little family.

    Trav and Meg

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  11. Such good news! He looks so happy to have the vent off of him! We will keep praying that he becomes more and more independent from the machines. Praise God for this huge leap!

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  12. Jeff & Julie,
    How awesome our God is!!! Yeah!!! I am so glad and excited to see that Jacob is now off the ventilator. What a blessing to see how God is present in our lives and always in the miracles he continues to reveal. Jacob is such a strong boy! It is such a treasure to be able to witness your story and to be blessed by knowing and praying for what the 3 of you are going through! Thank you! We will certainly continue to pray for more strength and endurance for Jacob.
    Because of Him,
    Jessica Cook (Woodmont)
    P.S. He is a gorgeous boy and the pictures of you all holding him bring tears to my eyes! What a blessing!!!

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  13. Glory to GOD! Jacob is such a trooper! Julie, you look wonderful holding him. We love the pictures! Thank you for sharing all of the updates! xoxoxoxoxo
    -Cousin Shellie, John, Emma and Ella :)

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  14. We are grateful for the blessings that God has given Jacob and pray that he continues to show us His glory through your beautiful son. We are so happy for his progress and pray he continues to renew your strength and heal Jacob.

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  15. This is inspiring news! Lord,thank you! We will continue to pray as you requested and for you two as parents. May blessings continue on you!
    Holly, Angie's mom

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  16. Keep doing what you do best, Jacob...bringing love and awe towards your God. Our beautiful angel baby Jonathan is right next you to everyday and you are wrapped in prayer from us.

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  17. Praise God! I am so happy for you guys and will continue to lift up your little one in prayer.

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  18. Isn't it wonderful to see what a tender-hearted Lord we have. Just look at how much He loves little Jacob, how silly of us to forget that He loves us all that much. We continue to pray and praise God for all He has done.

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  19. I love your smile as you hold your little blessing in your arms!! He is so blessed to be loved by so many! The Lord is truly using his little life to show he is still in control!! Thanks be to our God!!! We will continue to pray for him and you all!! What a beautiful little miracle your Jacob is!

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  20. I have to let you know that I ahve tears in my eyes after reading your post! God is so unbelievable!! Jacob is so unbelievable!! Praise God for this little miracle! I will definitely keep praying!

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  21. How exciting to read this post. What a beautiful little boy you have!! Still praying for you all...

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  22. God be praised. You have so many prayer warriors in this battle. I am just blessed to be a part of it. Sending my prayers and love your way!
    Emilee

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  23. i can never read an update without crying! that is amazing news and i am thrilled for you guys. god is doing amazing things with your sweet little boy. he is a fighter :) we will continue to keep jacob in our prayers--thanks for the updates. i know he has to be glad to be rid of that big tube--and now you can see more of his sweet little smile!

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