Posted (Tina) in All Posts on February-13-2008

Today was a better day for Ella, although she did not sleep well last night. Her and I played the dance from 1am till 7am. It seemed every 15-30 minutes, something was bothering her and she would fuss. That made for a night that did not include lots of beauty sleep.

The positive was that Ella did better today with her feedings. We went back to 35ccs over an hour, 9 times today with a continuous feed overnight for 8 hours. It seemed that she handled it better when she was laying down on her back or if I was holding her in a football position. If I tried leaning her in an upright position, it would place too much pressure on her tummy and she would start to cough and retch. I tried venting her more often and it didn’t seem like she had a bunch of air or gas in her belly so it didn’t gain us much, but it was worth trying.

We were supposed to visit the pediatrician today, but the appointment was rescheduled for tomorrow afternoon. Ella needs her synagis shot and the office was not expecting to receive it in time for the original appointment time today. Since we want to minimize the visits we need to make, it was better to reschedule. Also, Ella will be getting her 2nd round of immunizations. The last time she received these shots in late December in the NICU, she got feverish and did not feel great. I’m expecting much of the same response this time around.

Without much on the schedule today, Ella caught up on her zzzzzzs. Now, Mom and Dad just need to do the same. Josh has been up till 4am the past 2 nights, making sure that his deadlines are work were met. And for myself, I have been up a lot with Ella the past couple of nights and have not been able to take advantage of naps throughout the day.

Please pray that our appointment with the pediatrician goes well. Also, that Ella continues to get stronger and stronger each day.

Kristen on February 13th, 2008 at 10:11 pm #

She is the sweetest Valentine ever! Enjoy covering her with kisses.

Joel Snyder on February 13th, 2008 at 10:15 pm #

Ella, I am praying that you will have a good day at the doctors office. Happy Valentines day I hope that your Mom and Dad get the rest they need. I will catch up with you later. Love,Grandpa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Char and Jim Jordan on February 13th, 2008 at 10:22 pm #

I am so happy to see that things may settle down and the key to the mystery may not always be solved but clues are happening all around. She may just grow out of all this feeding stuff and it may be tough until she does. Sometimes it is like that. We love you. When Marc was being fed around the clock every two hours and I had him at work and all night long and was getting my Masters I used to cry to your Grandmother “MOM” When do I get to sleep? Marc never slept through the night until he was 3 years old. It was the only real problem that your Grandmother and I
never resolved. I regret that. It was a pleasant surprise to see that Ella Grin again. LOVE, Aunt Char and Jim

tamara tessmer on February 14th, 2008 at 3:45 am #

Just wanted to let you know that you do have the option of breaking up Ellas shots. 4 shots at once is alot for anyone! You could do two one month and then two the next. I know that when I do that my children very rarely run a fever. Just a thought. Anyway, she looks very happy. I am glad you are out of the hospital and things are getting back to “normal” (if there is such a thing) I have to tell you something about the feeds that I experianced, but I will call you instead of going into detail here. Talk to you soon


Auntie Shannon on February 14th, 2008 at 7:19 am #

I do the same thing with shots as Tamara. Seems to ease the pain a bit. More of a hassle, but easier on the their little bodies. Dr’s may tell you a little differently, but I have read a bunch of books on the subject that all indicate it is not a bad idea for babies. Glad to hear she is doing better with the feeding. Hopefully you got some sleep last night. Happy Valentines Day to you and Josh (Ella of course too). Celebrate your wonderful marriage – you two are awesome.



The Weir Family on February 14th, 2008 at 7:47 am #

Happy Valentine’s Day sweet Ella. We are praying for you to grow stronger and stronger every day.

the Lizotte family on February 14th, 2008 at 7:58 am #

AWWW she has her mommy’s smile!!! I’ll pray for your Ella to get stronger, and to work out a sleep pattern that’s more nocturnal!!!
Big Hugs!!!

Elizabeth Norman on February 14th, 2008 at 8:00 am #

I pray that you have a good day today and that your mommy and daddy can have a nice nap also.
We’re taking two of our grandsons (15 &16) to Mammoth today for a long ski weekend, so we’ll be celebrating Valentine’s Day with them.

Williamsburg on February 14th, 2008 at 9:32 am #

From where I sit, sleep is one of the most major prices we pay to be parents – nothing was more challenging for me. We have not, of course, walked down your road, but I found I could handle illnesses, shots, disobedience – everything that came our way if I’d had decent sleep and it was SO much harder when I hadn’t. Your stamina and faith thru this entire journey has been so incredible; we will continue to pray that the Lord grants you the restorative sleep that you need to keep moving forward for both your sakes and Ella’s. We’re in awe of His special love for all of us today. XOXOXO

Laura Marold on February 14th, 2008 at 1:48 pm #


River on February 14th, 2008 at 7:51 pm #

Happy Valentine’s Day, Ella! God has blessed you with such a great Mom and Dad. They are blessed to know such a little sweetie like you. And I am blessed to enjoy His love every time I come to see how you are doing. 🙂

God is great.

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