Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

What a blessing today has been for us. We attended church this morning, and while it was very hard to be away from Jacob, it was a much needed "recharge" for us. God has undoubtedly given us an amazing gift and we can't stop thanking God for honoring us with Jacob's life. He's such a MIRACLE...we could not list the number of miracles that have had to take place in Jacob's life for us to be where we are today. They are countless!

Jacob says, "Happy Easter!" He was all smiles today at the hospital and we were able to catch a good picture. Yay!

On Saturday night we gave Jacob a nice bath and got him dressed in his Easter outfit. He even has blankets to match. He conked out within minutes of getting cleaned up. At least we know how to get him to sleep!


We are up to full feeds...AWESOME! Jacob is getting 82ccs of milk every three hours, and loves every drop! Hopefully this will help his lung to grow the alveoli that he needs to come off the Vapotherm. We are currently on 4 liters of flow (down from 6) and 24% oxygen (room air is 21%). The doctors seem to think that coming off the Vapotherm will be our biggest challenge and may take a couple of months. But, when we come off Vapotherm, we're that much closer to taking Jacob HOME! Please pray that Jacob's lungs will grow beyond the doctors' expectations and that he will be able to come off Vapotherm sooner than expected. It would be one more miracle we can add to the list.

And last, but not least, a video of Jacob. On the first take, Jacob was right on cue. How often does that happen? The first few seconds are not that exciting, but keep watching!

May God bless you, as you have blessed us! Happy Easter!

15 comments:

  1. Yay, Jacob! We are so proud of our sweet little nephew! Notice which hand he used...could he be a lefty like his mommy? We'll have to wait and see :) Thanks for sharing the video! We love you!
    Love,
    Jon and Jenny (AKA: Uncle Buh and Aunt Benny)

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  2. He is just so sweet. It's amazing how much he looks like to both of you. Too cute. Glad to hear he is making those baby steps in the right direction!

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  3. Awww..how sweet! Love the video! I'm glad he's progressing more and more! What a cutie!! I just LOVE his little Easter Outfit!! What a handsome boy :) Happy Easter to you all!! I'll continue praying that Jacob progresses more and more every day! What a HAM!! :)

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  4. Adorable! I love the video. Sorry we missed you guys at church. Hope it wasn't too overwhelming for ya'll. Hope you guys had a great Easter!

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  5. look at him go! he sure does love that mobile!!!

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  6. WOW. These last few rounds of pics, and the VIDEO!!! Thank you for taking the time to share Jacob's life with us! We are thrilled that his progress is still moving in the right direction and are praying that his lung will continue to develop and exceed the doctor's expectations-

    "Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory" Eph 3:20-21

    Love you guys,
    D&J

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  7. What a special Easter Blessing you have!! You have a awesome little boy!! Prayers still coming your way!! So happy he is doing so well on the feedings.

    Sissy

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  8. It is so exciting to hear of his progress. We'll continue to pray for him! The feedings being at a normal rate is awesome! We pray that he will amaze the doctors & nurses by how fast he weans off the vapotherm!!! He is absolutely adorable! What a precious gift from God!
    In Him,
    Jessica Cook (Woodmont)

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  9. happy easter to your precious family!

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  10. Julie, this is great news. I am praying for Jacob's recovery!

    -Kelli Isaac

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  11. My goodness! What a big boy Jacob is becoming!!!!! He looks so strong and healthy. He is one handsome lil' boy! I can't help but smile each time I look at one of his pictures....."Miracles" do that to me. They make me smile :)
    Love,
    Gramma Dieder (Brady's gramma)

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  12. Jacob is growing stronger each day and to see the new pictures and video. He is so cute and alert! Ok who has the biggest smile, mom, dad or Jacob. I love you all and you are in my constant prayers. Thank you for keeping us updated. Keep the pictures coming. Love, Liz

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  13. happy easter! that is great news about the feedings and the video is precious!

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  14. What a blessing to see him so happy and doing well. We'll continue to pray for his lungs and hope that he'll be breathing totally on his own soon.

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  15. That is AWESOME ... PRAISE GOD! Thank you for sharing ... we're praying for his lungs.

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