Thursday, March 13, 2008

Here's some new pics of Bela. She is now 13 days old and weighing in at 6 lbs. 10 ox!! It's amazing to look back at pictures right after her surgery just 6 short days ago and see the progress that she has made...
We got to try another bottle feed today and had a much better experience!! She took 10 whole cc's and spit up just a tiny bit..no major throwing up today. We couldn't have asked for anything better than that. Her docs and nurses were very pleased with that. It was sooo fun to feed her and see her little mouth suck and swallow...
She has been awake so much more latley, but everytime I take a picture she shuts her eyes with the flash. Soon I'll catch her little eyes. SHe is sooo cute!







How bout that hair?
Other than the bottle feeding news, there's really not too much to report. She's staying strong and still pulling great numbers. She got her IV out of her neck because it was starting to leak and when they took it off it looked really bad, and they thought it might've gotten infected so they are watching it closely for that. She's completley off all her medications and is now just receiving her feeds. She's getting more and more of my milk each day and tolerating it great. She is one special little girl who definatley has a purpose to fulfill here.
Her voice is still pretty hoarse, but it's coming back a little each day. She makes the funniest little noises and I love them. She has definatley taken to her binkey just like her big brother. Maybe with her we'll get her weaned a little sooner though...:)
Both grandma's got to hold Bela today..she's getting so much easier to hold now with less things coming out of her. It was a nice little reward for them for ALL that they've been doing lately to help us. We couldn't do this without them.
We wanted to quickly say thanks again to SO many people who are reaching out to serve, help, and support us through this. Every little thing that is done or prayer that is offered means so much to us.
Hope you enjoy the pictures, and I'll post again soon..

16 comments:

La said...

she is so beautiful! and i love her hair.

AL and ALI said...

you guys, she is precious. what a great day!! she is such a champ, taking a bottle, no meds! such a little love.

Krista said...

Pretty lil thing!

Sally said...

Oh my goodness...so cute. Her little bow and all. She looks nothing like Bens...I'm glad my kids aren't the only ones. I am so excited to get back and see you guys again. Can I bring dinner sometime next week? or watch Bens? Keep it up little Bela!

mandy said...

She is so beautiful! I love the pics of Benson with her-priceless. You look wonderful as well, despite your long stressful days. Put me on the list as well for dinner or ANYTHING!

Dana said...

Avery-

Thanks for the comment you left on my blog - I have wanted to call you but knew you were very busy - so when you get a free moment I'd love to talk to you. Bela is absolutely beautiful and she definitely has some work to do here on earth!!! She is so lucky to have you and Tanner as her parents. And those photos of Benson with her are adorable - Jordan saw those and got so excited to see his buddy Benson!!! We miss you guys!!

Love you!

camillian said...

I love seeing that you can actually hold Bela more and give her a bottle! She looks great, considering the situation. She is so pretty I love her coloring!

AL and ALI said...

and I love the little flower in her hair!

Jennifer Gardner said...

It is amazing to see the pics you posted on Monday and the pics from today...She has made such progress in just a few short days...What to go, Bela! The Mom looks fabulous as well...Hang in there!

Rich and Miriam said...

What a beautiful little girl! We have enjoyed reading about her progress. We would love to help in whatever way we can.

Carrie said...

Bela is such a pretty baby and doing so good! It was fun to see you at the park yesterday!! I love your little family you guys are so special!

Matt and Jennae Porter said...

You are such a fantastic mom Avery. Bela is so lucky to have you. She looks absolutely wonderful!!

Erin said...

She is definitely a keeper! She is a very cute little peanut and the hair is great...especially the little bow on top. She has come a long way. How great you get to hold her now and love all over her! Keep up the good work!

Lindsay Brummer said...

You BOTH look so beautiful!

Derek said...

She looks great. Oh, I am so happy she's doing so well! It's exciting that she's taking your milk, too. I've wanted to call you so many times, but don't want to disturb you...I know how busy and stressed you must be. I don't want to get in the way, but I want you to know that Derek and I care and think about you guys daily. Maybe I'll call you this weekend, but don't worry if you can't answer or talk long. Hope you have another great day tomorrow!!!

Derek said...

Apparently I'm signed in with Derek's account...Sorry!

Wendy