Posted (Tina) in All Posts on March-3-2008

The Bun has been drooling so much from teething that it actually formed a mustache. I wish it was from the frothy foam of drinking too much formula, but maybe that will come some day.

Ella slept solid for a handful of hours last night, but was on/off from 3am forward. I gave up at 5am and called it a new day. Boy, this has been tough to finish up work with such little sleep. It is a good thing that moving forward, she will be my only focus while we are enduring the sleepless nights.

I think that Ella is fighting allergies or a cold. She seems more snarfy and congested. Throughout the day, she is coughing and retching from her own secretions. Today that simply led to a fussy Bun. It is hard to blame her when she is not feeling well.

The Dr. Brown bottles did work the best for Ella – – that became evident today. She took 120ccs via bottle throughout the day!!! Since the gas was so much less, I was able to bottle feed until Ella was tired (typically 20ccs at a time), then pause and vent via her g-tube. (In prior days, we had to vent simultaneously because there was so much air in her belly). So, we are making progress.

Also regarding bolus feeds, we have worked our way back up to 70ccs each feed, for 5 feeds per day. It worked yesterday and today. Starting today, I took the entire amount of 70ccs and bottle fed until she was worn out. Then, vented her g-tube and gave her the rest via g-tube.

We are hoping that Ella can stick with this schedule. She maintained 70ccs per feed for so long in the NICU, but then had such a problem since the last week of January. At this point, I am not sure we ever found a clear answer, but at least we are going the right direction.

When we go to see Dr. Kays tomorrow, we are looking forward to seeing the Brantleys. The last time they were in Gainesville on November 6, 2007, we had lunch with them. Jordan, their baby girl, was one of Ella’s roommates that was born 1 week after Ella on August 1, 2007. It will be exciting to see how big Jordan has become and for them to see Ella. It will be the first time that they will have seen Ella outside the hospital.

One highlight today was taking a bath. Although we take them frequently, Ella decided that she was going to have fun today. Plus afterwards, I left her in her robe and she had a great time just hanging out with me and playing with her toys.

Today was the last day that Grandma Eusey could visit this trip. She will be heading back to San Diego tomorrow morning. But tomorrow night, we have Grandma West coming. Once again, good to have the Grandmas visiting the Bun and help out while I am concluding work. We need to pray for safety in travel for both Grandmas, since Florida is supposed to get heavy storms tomorrow.

This picture below is just so sweet. She feel asleep in Grandma’s arms with no concerns…just relaxed. I think I am already learning lessons from my little girl.

John & Estela Williams on March 3rd, 2008 at 7:23 pm #

What a sweet picture… I just love reading and viewing your web. It is great to hear that Ella’s is taking the bottle and doing so well… praise God. Love you guys!

Williamsburg on March 3rd, 2008 at 7:29 pm #

I’ve always loved the precious contrast of babies’ eyelashes sweeping down over those adorable sweet cheeks – so evocative of that blessed, restful sleep. We’ve been praying for you daily, Tina, in the midst of your major transition and with so little sleep – hard to believe you’ll ever feel rested again, sometimes. We’re so grateful that God continues to bless your darling bun and make the strain and effort worthwhile. Love you all so much always. XOXOXO

The Lizotte Family on March 3rd, 2008 at 8:04 pm #

It’s great seeing your little growin up and now growing teeth. She will start looking like a baby WITH teeth. 😀 Big hugs… 1 down 19 to go!

Char and Jim Jordan on March 3rd, 2008 at 9:02 pm #

The little person that Ella seems to be comes right through those pictures so skillfully taken. She is such a treasure. Good Luck with Dr. Kays tomorrow. LOL Jim and Char

Kristen on March 3rd, 2008 at 9:39 pm #

Praying for another stretch of restful hours tonight.

Joel Snyder on March 3rd, 2008 at 9:42 pm #

Ella, You are doing really great at the feeding issue. Say good bye to Grandma for me. And say hello to your other Grandma tommorrow. I am praying that you will have a great visit with Dr.Kays and that all goes well. Keep those teeth coming. I will check you later. Love,Grandpa!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gloria & Red Jacobsen on March 4th, 2008 at 7:15 am #

Gosh she is so darling! I love her smiles. Ella,should be on the cover of Baby magazine! Praying you all get some beauty sleep! Ella does’nt need the beauty part of sleep but maybe Mom & Dad do!! All the best! Gloria & Red

Joan and Steve Odell on March 4th, 2008 at 7:57 am #

What a precious little doll!! She looks so good and is continuig forward steps. You both are adjusting and enjoying her so very much – isn’t life awesome!!! Lord Bless and hugs – prayers continue always, Steve and Joan

Matt, Abby, Austin & Caed on March 4th, 2008 at 8:35 am #

Every day is a blessing isn’t it…

We’re glad she’s doing so well, and we continue to pray for peace, rest, healing and joy for all three of you. Our boy slept a couple of hours until he figured out that nobody was holding him then he proceeded to get mad enough to make himself spit up several times (I stopped counting at 5). But it’s still great…a year ago I thought he wasn’t even a possibility and now here he is keeping me up at night. God is so good!

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