Posted (Tina) in All Posts on February-18-2008

Yeah, Ella didn’t really realize the significance of this day, although the PBS channel was on in the background and was discussing various historical figures. Maybe one day she will look back on Lincoln and realize that he looks familiar.

Actually, Ella did not feel great today. She slept a lot and was extra fussy.

It seems like it all might be related to teething. She has no fever, but is drooling and picking at her face a lot. We have tried the remedies that have worked for most and none have seemed to satisfy. We tried the washcloth in the freezer trick today and she only seemed happy for a few minutes.

So tonight, we made a trip to the drugstore for Baby Orajel. We are hoping this does the trick for quick relief when needed.

Her feedings went fine today. Once again, we bolus fed with 45ccs at a time and 55ccs once when she was asleep. We really had no problems. Praise God – – thank you for the prayers related to this specific issue. It is SO NICE to not be hooked up to a food machine all the time.

Over this week, we will try and increase the bolus feeds slightly so we can work back to where we were before this all started – – 70ccs 5 times per day and the continuous feeds at night.

We hope to schedule occupational therapy this week, so that we can start with oral feedings.

Again, Ella did not have a great day, but we are hoping that it is just the teething and nothing else. I think we are always extra cautious that it might be something more with her. As she is sleeping right now, she is saturating 100 and her heart rate is between 112-125, which is great.

Thank God for Josh – – an involved Daddy who is in love with his little girl. He gave me a break today while I did taxes (is that really a break?). Also, I was able to sneak in a nap mid-day which really helped since Ella was up a lot of last night.

Please say an extra prayer for Daddy. When his little one is not feeling great, his anxious nature tends to get the best of him. Also, this Mommy transition has been a bit rough the past few weeks. I need His strength and endurance to get me through each day. Finally, that Ella will continue to grow in strength and that the teething blues will pass quickly.

1 Thessalonians 5:18
give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Joel Snyder on February 18th, 2008 at 11:09 pm #

Ella, Sorry that you teething seems to be a problem. I am hoping that this will be like the other challanges for you and the baby steps forward will prevail. Tina and Josh she looks great and I hope both of you can continue to adjust and settle in with a more real schedule. May God Bless both of you for a wonderful job of parenting. I will check on all three of you later. Love, Grandpa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Matt, Abby, Austin & Caed on February 19th, 2008 at 5:38 am #

I just wanted you two to know that you were on my heart this morning driving in to work. I prayed for all three of you for healing, for rest, for wisdom, for peace and for the glory of God to fill your home. (I had this picture in my mind of light spilling out of the windows…) Abby and I are here for you, for whatever you need and we continue to lift you three up to God in prayer. You’ll never know what an inspiration and affirmation of faith you are to others. I’m very, very glad we got to meet you. Call us if you need us for anything at all.

You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you.
Psalm 86:5

Kristen on February 19th, 2008 at 5:52 am #

How can it be there there is so much “rest” built into these days with a little one. . . and yet so much exhaustion. A great mystery. I am praying for you guys! Love the pictures!

Chambers Family on February 19th, 2008 at 7:18 am #

Teething is awful for your little one… I am surprised she didn’t like the wash cloth more. Is it top or bottom front coming in first?

I know Ella is different from most babies but at 6 months we were able to switch from baby tylenol to baby motrin. Motrin is such a better pain reliever – maybe that would relieve some of her discomfort. Rest whenever you can find it! Glad you aren’t having to feed 24/7. PS. Showers about every three days in normal. =)

The Brittain Family on February 19th, 2008 at 7:51 am #

It must be hard to figure out what’s “normal” fussy baby issues and what is a red flag in terms of a possible crisis. It is hard and exhausting in many ways–you made me laugh when you say that doing taxes was a break! Sounds so familiar : } Don’t know what the weather and circumstances are like there but walks or even just sitting on the front steps make a huge difference for sanity and if you’re ever able to sneak outside–do it! Here’s a verse that helps me sleep and give my anxious thoughts to Him: “In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8 He gives you strength and wisdom to care for her but Baby Ella has not left the palm of His hands! So glad the feedings are going much better.

Julie Kirk -Saudi Arabia on February 19th, 2008 at 11:08 am #

I was going to give you the wet washcloth in the freezer advice to try…Hopefully the orajel will do the trick.
Ella is such a precious gift to all of us who have been following her progress. You are both such awesome parents and mates.
God Bless Your little family.
Continued prayer

Char and Jim Jordan on February 19th, 2008 at 2:23 pm #

Hi, everyone. I sure hope this is the teething issue. Perhaps we are experiencing that which is “normal” whatever that is. We can be grateful and understand that others have issues with their babies too. Some feeding and teething problems seem to go one forever and mostly in the night. You are so versatile by now. Very educated in the concerns of a special child. We are so proud of you. LOL aunt Char and Jim

Michelle L on February 19th, 2008 at 2:33 pm #

I miss you guys so much! I remember when Michael went through teething; it certainly wasn’t an enjoyable time for anyone. I’d still love to stop by though…maybe this Thursday?

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