Posted (jooosh) in All Posts on September-4-2007

Not that I had any doubt about Ella being Tina’s daughter (you don’t see many “maternity” tests beyond what I’ve witnessed), but I’m not the one who sleeps with his mouth open ;-). I’ve teased Tina about watching a spider spin a web in her mouth, catch a few flies, and close up shop before she wakes up. They’re both real cute when they do it though.

So…how is Ella doing?

Ella looks AWESOME! THANK YOU LORD! She has been rockin’ stable on the standard vent. Her absolute cuteness has maintained as well =). We’re both on a three day high of good Ella progress. We’d be happy if the rest of our days here continued in the same vein, but we have to expect some more challenges.

Tina helped nurse Michelle with the 8:00pm “hands on” by changing Ella’s diaper, weighing her, and switching out her bed blankets. Ella tolerated it well without any major fussing. Once the needle came out for Ella’s shot, I suddenly became very thirsty and wandered over to the drinking fountain in the other room. After getting the “all clear”, I came back and Ella was sleeping again.

She was very active today. She was up for a few hours early this morning, and again most of the afternoon. I think that’s why she was so zonked out while we were there tonight.

Tina’s co-worker, Ani, came to visit us and see how our baby girl was doing. She picked a good day to see her. She looked for a monkey to bring Ella, but opted for a bear instead. I decided to name the bear Ina (eee-nuh). Do you see how I creatively flipped Ani’s name around? Yeah…I got’s me some talent. We really enjoyed our time with Ani.

Even though our baby girl is making good progress, she still has a long road ahead. Please continue to think of us in your prayers, they make a huge difference. We thank you for continuing to endure this marathon with us. God Bless you all.

Matthew 18:19-20
19 “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”

P.S. Something else to note…a minor crime has been committed in the NICU. If you remember our friends from Atlanta brought us a University of Georgia Mascot to join Ella’s Zoo. Well, I thought something like this might happen but…Uga the dog is missing!!!! I think a gator may have gotten a hold of him, but we’ll have to see. To be continued…=)

Keith and Liz on September 5th, 2007 at 12:48 am #

We are so happy to see her progress,the Lord is holding her in His arms and He hears all our prayers for Ella.
Perhaps we should send a Ralphie to protect her animals!

Joel Snyder on September 5th, 2007 at 1:54 am #

J&T, Thanks for the great update. I couldn’t respond at home tonight. My two babies and I were running late for work.I am praying for more steady progress and another good night. Ella you keep up the good work. I Love You All!!!!!!!!!Grandpa

Brendan on September 5th, 2007 at 2:39 am #

Glad to see Ella doing so well. Praise God. We’ve been praying for her. You two are an inspiration to all of us for your strength.

In re: Uga…I didn’t think that a Gator fan could stoop so low to take a stuffed animal from an infant in a NICU. So surely it wasn’t a Gator fan, or was it? I guess we’ll just have to back down and bring Sweet Baby Ella another one?!

Williamsburg on September 5th, 2007 at 7:23 am #

It’s so wonderful when the Lord sends a stream of water in the desert to refresh our thirsty spirits – so glad Ella has been doing so well, and continuing to grow and develop as all babies do even in the midst of her challenges. 6 weeks – wow. We join with you in praising God for Ella’s progress and allowing us to be with you to some degree during this amazing time. May all of us be always this dependent upon Him. XOXOXO

Char Snyder Jordan on September 5th, 2007 at 8:44 am #

She looks good. Hope the forward progress stuns you all. Go Ella Go!!!
lol AUNT Char and JIM

Daphne Hollowbush on September 5th, 2007 at 2:43 pm #

Dear Tina & Josh, We were away for a long weekend so I didn’t get an opportunity to check the website. I am so happy to hear how well Ella is doing. There is no doubt the Lord is at work here. We pray that Ella continues to improve and that God continues to strengthen you. Ron & Daphne

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