Monday, November 10, 2008

Small and Simple Things


Daddy taking her temperature





Opening her eyes when she heard her daddy's voice


Sunbathing for her jaundice -- posing for us like a model


I thought that the last few months taught me to be grateful for the little things -- the miscarriages of my friends and I, family illnesses and death... but I must not have learned enough....

The smallest things will be so HUGE for Abby now. We were very excited today because she pooped for the very first time, and I got to change her. The nurse wasn't concerned about it because she has not eaten anything to make her poop. She was showing me how to do my first diaper changing -- and we were all surprised and excited when we opened up the diaper and found it.

We will be up to see her again today, but we got to spend some quality time with her today. They let us help with her stat checks. John got to take her temperature, and I got to change her diaper. They also taught us how to "contain" her when she is getting distressed or over-stimulated (like after a stat check, but they have to be done). We put our hands on her feet and head and kind of hold her body close. It helps her feel like she is in the womb, and it is almost like holding her. I LOVED IT!!

She was sunbathing for jaundice when I first got up there, but we eventually got to see her whole face. She opened her eyes while her daddy was talking to her. It was so precious. John is already being such an amazing daddy!!.... It was so cute... when the cover was off her eyes, John was talking to her and she started opening her eyes the more he talked to her -- talk about wanting to cry from precious.

I still get emotional when I try talking to her when I am by myself, and I have random break downs over her -- but I am so grateful for the time we have had with her today.

12 comments:

Rick said...

Kimmy, So I guess I haven't been keeping close enough watch on what is going on with your baby - so I feel foolish, but I'll ask anyways - she's obviously jaundice, but was she premature too? Is she okay? When will you get to take her home? We love you and hope all is well - Rick

Rachel Hanchett said...

I'm so glad to hear thing are going so well for you guys! Your babies first poop is very exciting, don't let anyone tell you any different! I'll bet you get emotional you made me emotional just reading you blog! We love you guys and please let us know if there is anything you need!

Tanya, Coy, & Kids said...

Oh, how sweet and precious she is. I'm so happy you are able to have these precious moments with her, and document them too. You're a trooper! Don't worry about the random breakdowns, you're doing awesome! Thanks for the pictures and the updates (I'll be frequenting your blog now :)

Love and Prayers!

Kerrie said...

Wow, what a story. I'm glad you are ok and that she is doing well right now. I'll check back for updates. My neighbor is on bedrest at 27 weeks because she was already going into labor. Crazy! You poor girls. I'm so grateful for the miracles of technology today. That they can keep babies like your sweetie alive and well even when they are less than 2 lbs and so new.

Stephanie Bodine said...

Kim_

Wow! She is so beautiful! Our thoughts and prayers and continually with you and your family!

Brent and Terina Maldonado said...

You are amazing! I think it's healthy to have random break downs! Helps us process our emotions! I'm glad to hear things are going well so far! You will remain in our prayers! Thanks for keeping us updated!

Ali said...

we're all here for you!!! Lots of love and be sure to call for anything!!!!

Elizabeth said...

Thank you for setting up this blog! We've all been thinking and worrying about your family out here in Colorado. It's so nice to see the pictures and to see how good little Abby is looking. I know we can't do much for you from here, but please do let us know if there's anything we can help you with. -- Liz

shelly said...

Kim she is so beautiful!! Your family is in are prayers and we hope that little Abby continues to keep progressing as she should. Your blog made me cry are little ones are so precious and wonderful!! Thank you for your good example of faith.

Marilyn said...

What sweet pictures of her, and I love that you titled your blog rootbeer floats. She is amazing and a true fighter. Please let me know if there is anything you need. We love you and here to help!

Jenni said...

She's so CUTE Kim!

Tasha said...

What a sweetie. And like Tanya said, don't worry about having breakdowns. You definitely have a lot to be emotional about. And even though you can't play the "pregnant card" any more when you burst into tears, the "post-partum card" is even more powerful. Just get used to the idea of not being yourself for at least another 3 months. And don't forget to play the card. :)