Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Updates and BATH TIME

First of all, Jacob would like to say
Happy St. Patrick's Day
to all of you!

Since the last update, Jacob has been progressively getting better. With the help of some antibiotics, Jacob is fighting off some infections. He had cultures done of his blood and trachea. Most of the infections are gone, but we have a couple more days worth of antibiotics to make sure they are completely gone. He is still on the ventilator, but his settings are minimal, and he is doing all the breathing on his own, the vent just provides the air and pressure. That is a good thing! Jacob is still having some feeding issues, and has been spitting up alot more lately. The doctors say that most CDH babies have problems with digestion because their digestive organs have been altered after surgery. We are hopeful that Jacob will make progress with his feeding very soon! The doctors are saying that the progress we are making are steps that will lead us closer to HOME. It's just taking time.

Jacob says, "Yay for progress!"

On Sunday night Jacob got a good BATH. It's not like a normal bath, it's more like a sponge/gauze bath, but we got to use some baby soap and lotion to make him nice and clean and smelling like a baby. It was so much fun for us. Jacob liked it most of the time. Here's some photos of the occasion.

We had to scrub his head really good. He liked that part alot.

I think this was his favorite part though, he liked the massage!

And once he was done, he got to put a big boy shirt on and he rested SO SO SO well.

I am beginning to love looking at these!

What precious moments we've had lately; despite having to go back on the vent and fight infections. We are so hopeful that Jacob will continue to fight with God's strength! Keep praying for us, that we can come off the vent again and that Jacob will tolerate his feedings better and move milk through his system.


  1. Happy St. Patrick's day to Jacob!! I am glad that he is making progress. You all are still in my prayers and on the prayer list at my church. Someone in my Sunday School class is always asking about him. You look great. I am glad you are having good days with him. Hang in there and hopefully you will be home before you know it. Love and prayers.

  2. Happy St. Patrick's Day Jeff * Julie and Jacob! Julie....he looks so big in your arms! What a precious baby! The prayers are still on here in Sonoma County. We love you guys and we are looking forward to meeting Jacob some day!

    "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you." declares the Lord. Jeremiah 29:11-14

    You are the little man Jacob!

    All my love * Cynthia

  3. what a great st. patrick's day! the bath pictures are so cute. i am glad he is making such great progress. i am so happy for you all and am praying that jacob will get to go home soon.

  4. What a beautiful baby boy! Thanks so much for the update - loved seeing the pics and hearing about his continued fight! We are still cheering!!!

    the Brednichs

  5. Continued prayers for Jacob and his mom and dad. God is working a miracle through Jacob, and it's been amazing to follow this journey.

    Blog Friend,

  6. Love the St. Patty's Day pic of Jacob in Green! How cute!! I'm so glad he's continuing to get stronger and stronger every day! I can't believe how big he's getting already! What a tough little cookie you have! I am continuing to pray that this progress continues and the word HOME gets used more and more frequently!! What a GREAT feeling it must have been to hear that!

  7. Thank you for taking the time to update all of us and share some of the fun "life" things Jacob is doing! We're continuing to believe that Jacob's lungs will grow strong and mature and that the next time he comes off the vent it will be for good! Glory to God for all He has done, and for all that is coming!

    Grace and strength to Mom and Dad too, Jacob is so loved and prayed for because you have been so brave to share. Thank you for that!

    David and Jennifer

  8. We love you guys and we continue to think, pray, and hope for you and Jacob!

  9. precious, precious!
    praying for your sweet family.

  10. He is absolutely adorable!! We are still praying for your family. I still can't believe how big he's gotten.

  11. Sweet Jacob! He is getting so big - and how fun to get to pamper him with a nice bath! :) Still praying for you and your tough little guy!

  12. Love the St. Patrick's day photos, and I see Mom got herself a haircut! Too cute! Hugs to u all, we still pray for you daily.