Posted (jooosh) in All Posts on December-5-2007

Ella had another good day.

Her CPAP pressure was weaned down to 4 this morning, and our girl seems to be tolerating it well. Her oxygen saturation is totally pegging 100%, and her heart rate and breaths per minute look comfortable too.

I arrived before shift change this evening and found the Bun fast asleep. I guess she’d been that way for about an hour. The nurse said she seemed overly tired in the afternoon, but was fighting going to sleep. She finally got Ella to go down and it looked like she was out.

She fidgeted around a bit while I was there, and lost her binky a couple times. I was there to put it in its proper place though, and she swiftly fell back to sleep.

I left to grab a quick bite during shift change, and came back to my girl sleeping. She was still sleeping when I left at 9:15 tonight. She barely even fussed when they took her blood pressure, and only stirred a couple times otherwise.

I’m glad to see her resting well because I know the sleep is helping her body heal. I just don’t want to her think that all this sleep is going to make her any cuter, because that’s just impossible. 100% cuteness = 100% cuteness. You can’t do 120% cuteness. Well, I guess if there’s a way, I’m sure the Bun will figure it out.

Tina flew out to California today on business and will be back on Saturday. It’s just me and the cats at the apartment. We’re thinking about cracking open a can of tuna, opening a bag of catnip, and calling it a party. We’ll see how things go though.

Baby Par is progressing along and is continuing to work on the feeding concept. We pray that he continues on the forward path and figures out how to swallow. Asking for patience, patience, and more patience for Liz and Rusty.

Please pray earnestly for Jonathan. He’s not been doing well the last couple days. It was hoped that after surgery he would progress forward, and there were some small signs, but now he’s taking some steps back. It doesn’t look like ECMO is helping as much as it should be. In fact he had another surgery this morning to remove more blood in his chest, a slide effect of the heparin that’s thinning his blood.

There’s a good chance Dr. Kays will be taking him off ECMO in the coming days to see if this helps this issue, but we just don’t know.

I was able to talk with Jasmine tonight, and share what the Lord put on my heart. Please pray for peace to wash over her, and her husband Chris.

Father God, we lift up baby Jonathan in prayer. We trust in your healing power, and have complete faith in your sovereignty. We know that you are in complete control. We don’t always understand your ways, and in fact, we know it’s this way for a purpose. All we can do is completely surrender and trust in you.

Lord, we pray that Jasmine and Chris can find peace in your Word during this time. We pray that your Spirit will cleanse them of any lies that the enemy plants in their heads. We pray for Jonathan’s liver and kidneys to function, and for the bleeding to stop so that he can grow strong. We ask that when he comes off ECMO, that his lungs will begin to recover and do the job you created them to do.

Lord Jesus, we ask that you heal Jonathan, so that he may be a living testimony of your love and power. We praise you Lord for the blessing these children are, and we know they are all in your hands.

It is in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, that we pray. Amen.

Gloria & Red Jacobsen on December 5th, 2007 at 9:44 pm #

It’s very true baby Ella can not get any cuter! It sounds like she is getting on even keel now. But no letting up on this end in prayers for Ella and you & Tina also Par,Jonathan and Jasmine and their parents, As always in prayer, Gloria & Red

Kristen on December 5th, 2007 at 9:48 pm #

How can you love a child you have never met? I love that Bun! She is my sweet little sister in Christ. And I have been deeply honored to pray for her along this journey. You are right, to be any cuter would be impossible! She is breathtakingly beautiful . . . from the inside out!

And . . Yes Lord Jesus, please continue to heal and protect Jonathan as we believe your plans are always good and yet they are often a mystery. Would you use the people his parents interact with, along with your Holy Spirit to encourage them, to build them up in faith, and give them a hope for the future? Lord we trust you because you are trustworthy. Amen

Melissa on December 5th, 2007 at 9:55 pm #

Look at that face… she is too cute!!
I am so,so,so glad to hear and see that Ella is doing much better. She just looks great.
It sounds like mommy and daddy are doing better too.
Have a safe trip, Tina and come back fast. Soon you will all be traveling together on your trip home.
I pray that Ella would continue on her road to complete healing.
Prayers also go out for Par and Jonathan. Thank you so much for keeping us posted on all of the babies. What a blessing they all are.
Have a great night and sleep well.

Love, Melissa

Eusey Family on December 5th, 2007 at 9:57 pm #

Cute pic of everyone’s sweet Ella. Our prayers are with baby Jonathan.

God bless-

Laura Arneson (Adrienne' friend) on December 6th, 2007 at 1:09 am #

Why is it that chubby thighs look so cute on a baby? Blessing sent your way through the night Ella, we are praying for you. Laura

Roxie (Adrienne's friend) on December 6th, 2007 at 1:46 am #

Josh and Tina, I know that our Father in Heaven is nodding and His head and marveling at the faithfulness you guys have show the world. He holds you dear to His heart as you lift your baby girl up to Him in thanksgiving and for healing. As you walk in His light others are being blessed and encouraged. Your family have certianly left foot prints on our hearts that will never fade away. I will continue to lift you all up to our Father in prayer and will continue to check on your as often as I am able… I am about to begin some traveling and not able to “see” you as often as I would like over the next several months. Computer access will not be as easy as it is now. Know that I am praying for Baby Bun, Par & Jonathan and of course you parents. Josh and Tina even though we have never been face to face, I feel as if I know you. I love you and think of you like my own kids.
Your sister in Christ, Roxie

Drew Marich on December 6th, 2007 at 5:42 am #

Happy holidays to the three of you. It’s been awhile since I’ve been to the site and got an update. It warms my heart to see the progress that Ella has made. All the best. Drew

Joel Snyder on December 6th, 2007 at 6:11 am #

Ella, My little “Gator Girl” you look terrific sleeping and getting the rest you need. Keep up the progress and say hello to your Daddy for me. I am praying for you and your friends Par and in particular Jonathan. Also a prayer for your Great Grandma. I will check on you later today. Love, Grandpa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joan and Steve Odell on December 6th, 2007 at 7:34 am #

Checking in on the West family, Par and Jonathan and their families. Josh and Tina I know you have so much so share with these families – both by how you live and the steps you’ve taken in faith. We pray they will also become faithful in our Lord and their faith strengthens each day. Ella Doll – you are just amazing – continue to rest and heal as you make your way to ‘going home to CO’. Continued prayers and hugs – Steve and Joan.

Lizotte Family on December 6th, 2007 at 12:20 pm #

She is your darling Cherub! How beautiful she is. We pray for you everday

Char Snyder Jordan on December 6th, 2007 at 10:01 pm #

We are so pleased to see Ella moving forward at her own pace. We hope you can have a reasonable time without your better half. She will be back soon. We continue to pray for the babies at the hospital and know that their parents need prayer for peace. Be aware that we are there for them too. Have a good night Josh. Love, JIm and Char

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