Posted (Tina) in All Posts on March-19-2009

Last night after Ella’s bath, I couldn’t help myself anymore. I asked Kelly to hold Ella, I grabbed the scissors and started cutting. I was a bit shy since I’m not known to be a hair fashionista. But if nothing else, the mullet is gone from the back of her head! Maybe I need to take this up and get more practice. It’s just hard because I can’t take her anywhere in public to get her hair cut and I can’t seem to find any stylists to come to the house. So for now, the princess gets Mom haircuts!

She was up about 8 times last night. There were 4 other times that her pulse oximeter just started alarming. I guess that is one benefit of having a NICU baby – the beeping alarm doesn’t even phase her! Of course, I wake up and listen to see if the alarm persists or if it is a fluke. At least I was able to doze off into little naps in-between her wake-up calls. It makes me feel better the next day and doesn’t require as much napping.

Another one of the teeth on the top row came in. So now we have 2 on the top and 2 on the bottom. Pretty soon, that smile is going to get very toothy!

Josh decided to take matters into his own hands this morning. He paged Dr. Abman, the pulmonologist. Although we have an appointment next Tuesday, he wanted to ask him about Captopril and what his thoughts are on discontinuing it. After some discussion, Dr. Abman agreed that the main reason we gave her the Captopril was to help the diuretic be more effective. Since we have been able to increase her fluids and she doesn’t seem to be having an issue, he is open to the idea. He asked how much Captopril she is currently taking. We let him know that she is getting 7.5ml, three times per day. Then, it was like the angels started singing. He said to go ahead and give her 1 dose of Captopril each day until our appointment on Tuesday and see how she does with the change. If all goes well, he will go ahead and discontinue it. Yippee!!! Aside from the impact it may have on Ella’s sleep (which is huge), any discussion of getting her off more medications is great.

So pray that she will do well with the lack of Captopril over the next several days. And of course, I would love to see the sleep improve!

Trust the Lord

Until I learned to trust the Lord,
I never learned to pray;
And never learned to fully trust,
Til sorrow came my way.

Until I felt my weakness,
His strength I never knew,
Nor dreamed, til I was stricken,
that He could see me through.

He who drinks deepest sorrow
Drinks deepest too of grace,
God sends the storm so He, himself,
Can be our resting place.

His heart, who seeks our deepest good,
Knows well when things annoy;
We would not yearn for Heaven
If earth held only joy!


Debbie Bennett on March 19th, 2009 at 6:42 pm #

I sure am praying that everything goes well. She is such a doll! I love the last pic. She looks like a chess player. Good night West family!

The Brittain Family on March 19th, 2009 at 7:25 pm #

go mom haircuts–we do the same here for the most part : )

Laura Marold on March 19th, 2009 at 7:35 pm #

Ella, You are so cute in your new “do”.
Those are some very cute pictures. Love, Laura M.

Grandma on March 19th, 2009 at 8:22 pm #

GOOD JOB MOM !!!!!! I knew you could do it . Her susie loo whoo look was driving me nuts also.
It will get easier and easier. I love the headband. She looks like she knows she is cute What a doll Love to you all Grandma West

kristin thompson on March 19th, 2009 at 10:12 pm #

girl you got “your hair did” and your momma did a great job! Your eyes just pop!!! I know you know all this but we love telling you how much you are loved sweet baby Ella!

The Laz Fam on March 19th, 2009 at 10:59 pm #

what do you mean, “not a hair fashionista” ?! Have you forgotten the cornrows?? 🙂
Hoping this medicine change is just what she needs. It’s just awesome to see you guys following your instinct for her! Praying for health, and sleep!

Loren L on March 20th, 2009 at 6:27 am #

Good job Tina amd Josh. Ella looks so Juicy. I will pray that your new regimen helps her get better soon.

Joan and Steve Odell on March 20th, 2009 at 7:39 am #

Great cut!!! She just grows more adorable and special. Prayers will continue and focus on the meds. Hugs and special thoughts – Steve and Joan

Marge (A Friend in Indiana) on March 20th, 2009 at 7:55 am #

Lovely ‘mom’ hairdo and the opening picture is so cute. Ella, I love your new do and that headband is so pretty. Praying that all goes well with the medication and that Ella continues to make forward progress. God Bless You All.

Jennifer Harris on March 20th, 2009 at 7:58 am #

Ella is such a beautiful child with those bright eyes and adorable cheeks. We love to view her photos and hear about her progress. We will continue to pray for her and know that HE will show us a miracle through her.

Fran Jarrett on March 20th, 2009 at 8:00 am #

Good job cutting mom! Good job getting her to be still for her cut Kelly! As always, the Princess is adorable! Pray that the medicine change is what is needed and she will begin to sleep better through the night.

Anne on March 20th, 2009 at 8:14 am #

my four girls grew up on Mom haircuts and all survived just fine without any major psychological issues. Only the youngest complained as she got to middle school years. By high school, they did get professional ones.

Joel Snyder on March 20th, 2009 at 2:11 pm #

Ella, I love the new haircut and what great news from the doctor. I am praying that you can discontinue the Captopril and maybe get some better sleep. You are making some steady progress and looking so great. I will check on you later. Love,Grandpa!!!!

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