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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Happy 1 Month Ella!


Ella is 1 month old! It's hard to believe that a month has gone by already. At times the days crawl by and other times they are flying. Ella has had a big month and we are so proud of how far she has come. She is so sweet and we are so thankful that she is our little girl!
We talked to the surgeon last night and the news is that she is not going to have surgery at this time. He thinks that her tummy is healing well and will continue to come together on it's own. If he were to go back in now he would have to disrupt some of the work that has already been done and he doesn't see a benefit in doing that so he is going to leave it alone for now. Time will tell how everything all comes together. In a couple of years it's highly possible Ella will have another surgery once they can see how this has grown with her but for now they are going to let her grow and heal on her own. We are happy with this decision and a little relieved. Her wound is about half the size it was a month ago so it is making good progress. We were there yesterday when the wound care team changed her dressing so Rick and I got to see what it really looks like and it looks good. She still has a significant opening but you can see where new skin tissue is growing and coming together so that is exciting. I think the plan now is to keep her on the wound vac for another week or so and then re-evaluate whether to keep her on the wound vac or change to a different type of dressing.

So the big challenge now is her feedings. If anything is going to keep us in the hospital it's going to be this so PLEASE pray for her to start feeding better with her bottles. She still weighs a little over 5 pounds. They are still alternating her feedings through the bottle and her feeding tube and trying to increase the amount. It is just a battle at times to get her to take an ounce through her bottle and she needs to be getting more. I know it is going to take time and feedings are always a big challenge for babies like Ella so we are really praying that in the next week or so she will really step it up. We would appreciate all of your prayers on this.

Love, Rick, Amy, Eva and Ella

12 comments:

Matteo & Heather said...

Tanti Aguri Ella! Happy One Month Ella! So glad to hear all is going so well. Love and miss you all and will continue to pray for Ella's healing. A presto- talk to you again soon- Heather

DCVol said...

Happy one month birthday, sweet girl! You have come so far and we will be praying that you get those feedings down soon so you can go home SOON. Hang in there guys~ we love you! Kelly, Trav & Bennett

Jodi said...

Definitely praying for that little cutie! Happy One Month! :) Yay for good surgery news... looking forward to more great news as well! Love~ David, Jodi, & Reagan

Brooks Inc. said...

We are praying over those feedings...

Happy One month Ella! She gets cuter and cuter with every picture posted! I cannot wait to meet her face to face, I have fallen in love with those precious little eyes!

We love you guys and ceck in here daily as we lift Ella and family up!

T, B, p,b and e

Mere Ware said...

I can't believe it has already been one month! I love her beautiful big eyes! They are so expressive!

We can't wait to meet sweet Ella, so we are praying hard for her to start liking that bottle a little more. Love you guys!

Crystal said...

Hi Rick and Amy, Just wanted to let you know we are in touch with your blog and will begin praying for sweet Ella.Congratulations on your new family of 4! What a blessing.

Amanda Pittman said...

Happy 1 month, sweet Ella! I can't believe it's already been a month! We are praying...She's so precious. Love to you all - Amanda, David and "Easy E".

Nancy Giurlanda said...

Happy One Month precious Ella !!! What a sweet baby doll she is, she is so beautiful. We are praying hard for her to start loving her bottle and to keep her feedings down so she can come home. I hope you are all getting your rest. Give Eva and Ella a big hug and a kiss for me. I love you all.
Nancy

Julia said...

Its so hard to believe she's already a month old! So precious - we can't wait to get to hold her one of these days. Praising God for one less surgery for baby Ella & we'll be praying for her feeding. Love you guys!

Summer and Jason said...

can't believe it's already been a month! she is so precious and we can't wait to meet her in person! i know she'll get the hang of the bottle soon but not soon enough for you guys...i know you want her home with you.

LYN said...

I can hardly stop praying to take time to read your blog, but when I do, I'm so blessed. But then I go right back to my knees to continue praying for Ella's healing. LYN

Shelly said...

How is she one month old?? We'll be praying that she starts tolerating those feedings so she can COME HOME!!! Praying for mommy, daddy and big sister too---and grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. : ) Love you guys!!