Posted (Tina) in All Posts on March-28-2008

Ella was fussy a lot of the day, but I think it was because she had trouble napping. For some reason, she couldn’t get comfy. Once she finally took one in the afternoon, she woke up very happy and ready to face the world. My favorite part was when Pumps decided to come and see what was causing all the noise!

We had the OT come visit us today and he recommended giving her the next stage of nipple for the Dr. Brown’s bottle (Stage Two). You could definitely see a difference. The flow was quicker because Ella was having to do more work to keep up with the flow. When she was sucking on the bottle, you could see her nostrils flare more frequently. Several times she had to stop simply to catch her breath. Remember that the coordination of sucking, swallowing and breathing is all new to her.

The great news is that she took 120ccs total via bottle today, with another session at 45ccs. Although it feels slow, I can easily look back and see how much progress she is making since we started this in mid-February.

A nice surprise tonight: a local friend came by to see us and brought a pizza and garlic rolls to share! Sara, the leasing agent from our prior apartment community, has been tracking Ella’s progress for months now and is in love! She wanted to come and visit her.

I was so thankful that Ella had that much-needed nap earlier. She was in a great mood for Sara. Since Ella has been having stranger anxiety, we wanted to take things slow. We know it will not be the last time that Sara visits, so hopefully Ella can get to know her better each time.

I’m so glad it is Friday. Although I do not have the stress of a work week anymore, it does mean that Dad might kick in to let me have some extra zzzzs. Plus, it is family time. All of us can hang out together during each day. Because of this, I love the weekends.

I hope that everyone out there has a great weekend too. Thanks for the support and for loving our baby girl.

Heidi Anderson on March 28th, 2008 at 8:47 pm #

Such precious pictures of your baby girl! She has come so far and you are all doing such a wonderful job!!!

Tara Hayes on March 29th, 2008 at 1:58 am #

fussy? sweet ella? never, she is always smiling 🙂
baby girl – are you trying to cut your first tooth? looks like you are gnawing yout tasty finger off!

Joel Snyder on March 29th, 2008 at 7:54 am #

Ella, You look great and it also looks like you are having alot of fun. I am impressed with your progress with the feeding issues. You have a great weekend with Mom and Dad. I will check on you later. Love,Grandpa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LoriAnn Kuhn on March 29th, 2008 at 8:58 am #

I love checking your site every morning; it just uplifts me so much and gets me ready for the day. The picture of Ella seeing your cat, the one with her mouth wide open, is priceless and even got a good laugh out of my hubby. Thanks for sharing your life and your baby with us all – even strangers – every day. God Bless and enjoy the weekend. It is snowing here, so enjoy that warm weather. LoriAnn

Jim and Char Jordan on March 29th, 2008 at 10:25 am #

We send our love, everyone is doing great. We love you, Aunt Char and Jim

aunt Marla on March 29th, 2008 at 10:34 am #

It looks and sounds like you all have made a lot of progress. I have been keeping up with all of your adventures. I am so sorry that I have not been keepin in touch, my life has been too busy lately. Hope you know that I still love you all and hope to see “my girl” very soon.

Amy Sabatino on March 29th, 2008 at 10:47 am #

Ella looks so happy in these pics. my daughter noele told me that she likes Ella because she looks like Roger; and she is a cute little girl. You guys are in my heart and I am glad you three are hanging in there. Dr. Brown’s bottles did wonders for Duncan’s colic. I hope they continue to help. amy

Lesli on March 29th, 2008 at 6:57 pm #

I’m glad to see she’s making baby steps forward. We are praying for her and you guys. Love, The Richards

Laura Marold on March 29th, 2008 at 7:09 pm #

I love the little “tired looking” smile. Ella seems to be making alot of progress. Happy weekend. Love, Laura M.

Tim and Tammy Dygert (Autumn's parents) on March 29th, 2008 at 8:17 pm #

After the March of Dimes Walk today and reconnecting with many of the NICU nurses, we thought of our other little friends from the NICU. Ella looks great. So glad to read about her progress. When the time is right, let us know and we’d love to visit with you.

Janiss Robles (Philippines) on March 30th, 2008 at 10:34 pm #

B- You’re so beautiful!
That picture of Ella yawning is so adorable it made me yawn too :O
Sending you our love and prayers,
Janiss and family

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