Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A Boy and his Dog...

The doctors are telling us 3 WEEKS AND JACOB WILL BE COMING HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We don't have an official "target" date, but they are beginning to get our discharge information ready. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Praise God that we get to bring him home! We will be ready (as ready as we can be) and Jackson will be waiting...





See...even Jackson says he is ready for Jacob to come home!



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Jacob doesn't know it yet, but there's a bigger version of that puppy dog waiting for him at home. Jacob will just stare at his "Jackson" and smile. He sometimes tries to reach out and touch him too. His "Jackson" watches over him just like the real one at home will soon.





On another note, Jacob is doing well without oxygen and nasal cannula. His breathing is still fast, but its normal for him and that will slow down as he grows more lung and gets older. His oxygen saturation (the amount of oxygen getting to the brain and body) is always in the 90's. (Normal ranges are 92-100%) The doctors told me that we need his sats to remain above 92 all the time. If he dips below that they will want him to go home on oxygen. Just the thought that we get to bring him home is wonderful, but it would be miraculous if he could come home without oxygen. We're praying that in the next couple of weeks Jacob will continue to sat above 92, so that we can bring him home without respiratory support. That would be God at work!!!


Have a blessed day today!

34 comments:

  1. This is awesome news!!! We love you!

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  2. This post has put a smile on my face and I love hearing how well Jacob is doing. Will continue praying for Jacob and those sats to come up, up!! Praise God for all he has done for little Jacob. I am so happy for you all!! God Bless!

    Sissy

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  3. This is the most wonderful news and the most adorable pictures. We are praising the Lord continually for answered prayer. There is power in the Name of Jesus! Thank you Jesus! Great is Thy Faithfulness!
    We love you Jeff, Julie and Jacob.
    Uncle Steve and Aunt Vicki

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  4. What wonderful news!!!! I am so excited for all of you. I know you will be extremely happy to be home with sweet Jacob. We will keep praying!!!

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  5. That is absolutely fabulous news! I look for updates every couple days, and it was such a great moment to see the post today. I pray for you all often.
    Denise Bratton (Arlington Church of Christ)

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  6. WOW! those pictures and that news are incredibly wonderful.

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  7. :-) what wonderful news!!!I am so glad to hear Jacob will be coming home. I have a gift for you guys. Hopefully we can meet briefly sometime for me to give it to you all!
    Ashley

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  8. I am typing this with tears rolling down my cheeks, even though I have never met you. Your words from a previous post: "It is our prayer that you have become closer to God through this journey (YES!!!), that you have seen God at work (ABSOLUTELY!!!!), and that your relationship with the Almighty will only become stronger." IT HAS FOR ME! Words cannot express how much my faith has been impacted by your faith, how much my view of prayer has changed. I am in awe of what God is doing in your son's life and I just know that God has great plans for him and for you all! Thank YOU for inspiring ME.
    And I will continue to pray for you all.

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  9. I am so excited for you all! I pray continually for Jacob! Thank you for sharing your story of faith. :)
    PS Give that adorable baby boy a kiss for me.
    -Carah Barbarick

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  10. What Awesome news!! We are so excited for ya'll!
    God truly has worked his miracles!
    Love you all from Texas, Brandon, Anissa, Trace and Macey

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  11. that is so exciting. our God surely knows how to show off. and i'm so glad for you that He does!!

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  12. yeaaaa!!! i'm so glad that jacob will finally get to go home soon! (even though i know we will all miss him and you guys in the nicu) it's so wonderful to see God help him grow and breathe all on his own!!!

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  13. I actually live on your street and being a bad neighbor I haven't met you guys yet. One of the other neighbors told me what was going on and about the blog. It is amazing to see how good Jacob is doing! God is SO GOOD! I will continue to pray for you guys!

    Tasha (925 Fallview)

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  14. How amazing! What wonderful news! Chad told me yesterday, but I didn't know if it was okay to share! :) God is so good and I'm glad Jacob will be coming HOME!

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  15. A real live miracle! You guys have really been through the ups and downs. And you've kept faith. Now you have your gift, the beautiful life of Jacob. Love to you all!

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  16. THANK YOU LORD!!! What a BLESSING!! I am soo excited to hear these words!! HOME! Jacob you're such a tough cookie!! Keep up the good work and you'll be out and on the "go" before we know it! Thank You Lord for this miracle!! Continued prayers for the rest of Jacob's short stay in the hospital!!! I'll be thinking of you all!! I'm sooo excited for you!!!

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  17. You do not know me (I am Megan Goldstien's friend), but I have been following your story since right before Jacob's birth. I have been so touched by your fortitude and faith throughout this journey with your dear son. As a mother of two boys, I am so, so happy for you. The love we feel for our children permeates every fiber of our being. I will continue to pray for Jacob and for your family.

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  18. Congratulations on such awesome news! Love that the family dog is elated too. That was very cute! Jacob looks so good in his pictures! He is a miracle. We will continue to pray for him and that he is able to breathe without respiratory support at home!!! How AWESOME is OUR God!!!!
    Love,
    Jessica Cook (Woodmont)

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  19. What wonderful news! He is adorable! We'll keep praying!

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  20. Praise God! The pictures are beautiful! We continue to pray for you all.
    John and Melinda Knott

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  21. I LOVE it that GOD is using Jacob to prove who is really in control and to show the doctors that HE IS, the only great physician. GOD continue to bless you all. Praying always, Naomi S & Patty O

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  22. Jeff, Julie, and Jacob,
    Our whole family has been following your journey and we are so very happy for all of you. I'm sure there are a host of witnesses like us who follow and pray but have never written. Know we're out here and loving you all.
    Eddie & Susan

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  23. Wow! I can't believe how big he has gotten and how alert he is! He is such a sweetheart! :)

    Theresa

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  24. Jeff and Julie, PTL! That is so wonderful! The pictures are wonderful too!!! We continue to pray for Jacob! God is SO good! Thank you for sharing! xoxoxoxo
    Love,
    Cousin Shellie

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  25. Your precious Jacob is truly a testimony to God's healing power!!! We will continue to pray for your family. Your faith and strength are amazing.

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  26. Prior to service one Sunday morning Bob had tears in his eyes and I knew something was not right. He gave us the news about Jacob and was very upset. I new in my heart that Jacob was going to be well and come home and live a normal life. There was a peace God gave me and I told this to Bob. We have been praying for Jacob and all of you. Great news indeed.

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  27. Praise God!! I am so happy for you. Austin and I both cried our hearts breaking for you when we first read your story after you sent out an email asking people to pray and asked God to work a miracle for you. God is awesome
    Harmony

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  28. I continue to pray and be encouraged by your story. What an inspiration.

    Jennifer Hicks

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  29. Hart and Stephanie Knight (Fellow NICUers)May 5, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Jeff and Julie:

    My name is Hart Knight. My wife gave birth to our miracle baby, Mary Margaret Knight at Vandy on the 30th. Mary Margaret was born with an Omphalocele, an abdominal wall defect, which was surgically corrected yesterday after MANY ups and downs while she was in utero. We are currently in Pod D of the NICU. To make a long story short, we have some mutual friends, probably more than we know. As a result, I have been praying for your family for a very long time. Either leave your email address with your nurse or come by and say hello. We saw you a few days ago, but did not want to bother you. Maybe Mary Margaret and Jacob can be NICU buddies.

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  30. Amy Burgess FoustMay 5, 2009 at 5:06 PM

    Jeff and Julie - WOW!!! What a miracle from God! I want you to know that I prayed for you every single night! To this day I rock my little girl to sleep and pray for baby Jacob. What a blessing! I am SO happy for the two of you! Reading your blog brought tears to my eyes! The power of prayer is so obvious to me!!! Thank you for having this blog and for sharing all of your precious pictures. He is a DOLL!!! :)

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  31. Mother's day is coming. But I dare say you have already experienced the ultimate mother's day, the day Jacob arrived and took those first breaths. Your journey has inspired hundreds and will continue to do so. For that blessing we give God the glory. I think of you so often - and especially will be thinking of you Sunday. John Mark will be preaching in Memphis and we won't be at Woodmont. Like Mary you are a blessed mother. "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is Good. His Love Endures Forever."
    Jennifer Hicks

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  33. No words....wow...we are praying everyday for God to breathe precious air into Jacob's lungs - and we are praying to our angel, Jonathan - Jacob's guardian angel - to help God breathe precious air into Jacob's lungs as well as to breathe the love of God deep deep deep into little Jacob's heart.

    No words...wow...

    "Our God is an awesome God, He reigns from Heaven above...."

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