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Posted (Josh) in All Posts on December-11-2007


Ella had a pretty uneventful day. This is a good thing. We want her to keep taking these steps forward with minimal “events”.

The Bun has been eating pretty steady too and they’ve upped her feeds from 60ccs to 64ccs. She’s being fed over an hour period at three hour intervals. Our girl is putting on some more chub as well. She’s now weighing in at 9lbs 7oz.

Her CPAP pressure is currently at 3, which Will (a respiratory therapist) commented on being the lowest he’d ever documented. Ella looks good though, and this gives us hope in her taking the next step to the regular nose cannulas (hopefully Thursday).

We had one of the NICU graduates come visit us today! Baby Evan and his mom Tamara stopped by to see us to drop off some early Christmas presents. Evan looked FANTASTIC! He was so engaging and bright eyed. It’s so encouraging to see these other CDH babies doing so well. What a true blessing.

When we arrived at the hospital tonight, Liz and Rusty were both with Par. It’s nice to be next to our friends in NICU 2, plus it’s comforting to know that Liz probably has at least one eyeball on Ella most of the time.

Tina and I did get a chance to talk to Jasmine and Chris tonight. Please continue to pray for baby Jonathan. He is still in a critical place. We ask that the Lord’s peace be upon his parents during this time.

We know that many of you have followed us on this journey in spirit, but have not posted a comment. Just know that we appreciate your thoughts and prayers that are lifted up for these precious children even though they are not done so in a public manner.

God Bless all of you.

Psalm 9:10
Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.



Char Snyder Jordan on December 11th, 2007 at 10:32 pm #

Boy she sure looks alot bigger. LOL Char and Jim

Chambers Family on December 11th, 2007 at 10:41 pm #

LOVE the Chunk!!!!

Charlotte Rehrig on December 12th, 2007 at 3:41 am #

She is sooo sweet.

The Brittain Family on December 12th, 2007 at 4:44 am #

We praise God for Ella’s great progress and growth. He is so good. It’s so wonderful to see her out of NICU3! May He continue to give you patience and trust as you make plans for the future. Don’t forget….He is there! We pray for Ella and her friends.
Love, Ella’s Philly Fan Club : )

Dottie Hubbell (from Saudi Arabia) on December 12th, 2007 at 5:53 am #

Ella is looking better! What a sweetheart she is! Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift in Ella! Praying continously for the whole family! HUGS from Saudi Arabia!

Lizotte Family on December 12th, 2007 at 6:22 am #

Ella is such a big girl! It’s nice to know she is doing well. Always praying for you.

Gloria & Red Jacobsen on December 12th, 2007 at 7:20 am #

Wow! She’s getting bigger and stronger all the time! Praise God! I tis amazing to watch how God is blessing the efforts of Dr, Kays and his staff! But we’re still keeping up the wave of prayers for Ella and her roommates and for the parents. God bless you all! Gloria & Red

Joan and Steve Odell on December 12th, 2007 at 7:39 am #

What a special blessin Ella is – to you and to all of us. She is adorable. Love the cheeks!!Prayers for the Lord’s peace, love and touch for Jasmine and Chris and healing for Jonathan. Hugs and Lord Bless, Steve and Joan

Williamsburg on December 12th, 2007 at 8:33 am #

Wow. Too bad none of the Wests are good-lookin’ or anything. Looks like Ella is loving life in the NICU 2 – praise God for that milestone and for her steady growth and progress; I know that has got to be improving Mom and Dad’s lives, too. Please know that we continue to lift up Jonathan and family in prayer while we praise God for the oppty to pray and for having placed you in their lives. Enjoy FL while you can – we got another 6″ yesterday and the roads were abominable. Sunny and beautiful today, tho. Love and miss you. XOXOXO

John *& Estela on December 12th, 2007 at 8:49 am #

Been checking, but not writing… sorry. Think of you guys daily.. miss you much. Ella looks awesome, praise the Lord. Wonderful to hear that she is eating and gaining weight… this is great for babies. Love you guys!

Melissa on December 12th, 2007 at 9:41 am #

Oh my gosh…. she is toooooo cute!! Ella you are looking amazing. You are getting so big and strong. Look at you sitting up (with help of course) but it wasn’t long ago when you were flat on your back and it was really hard to switch positions.
Soon you will be sitting up all on your own. You are growing and getting stronger day by day.
I’m so glad that you are improving and reaching milestones. Just continue putting one foot in front of the other.
We continue to pray for you, Par, Jonathan and your new friends. May you each gain strength and continue to heal. We praise God for where he has brought each of you. May His will be done in your lives. What a blessing you and your families are.
God, we pray that you would continue to guide and direct each family on the path that you have set them on. Give them comfort, strength and peace.
AMEN!!
Have another awesome day.
Love, Melissa

Avery Kronz on December 12th, 2007 at 9:56 am #

She is so cute!love,Avery

Eve Sheridan on December 12th, 2007 at 1:22 pm #

Love the family photo! So glad to hear Ella had a good day and is doing well with the feedings and low CPAP level. Wishing you and the other NICU families a happy holiday season.

Eli Brown on December 12th, 2007 at 3:18 pm #

She’s actually just over the weight that my son was when he was born, 9lbs. =) I am glad to see her looking plump, but don’t tell Ella I said that.

Joel Snyder on December 12th, 2007 at 3:27 pm #

Ella, What great news that you are doing well. It looks like Mom and Dad are doing fine. I will be praying for all of you babies tonight. A special one for Jonathan. I will check on you later. Love Grandpa!!!!!!!!!

Tracy on December 13th, 2007 at 7:58 am #

She’s looking great! Still praying for great strides for Jonathan and Par.

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