Thursday, January 1, 2009

Esther might go home tomorrow!

She's doing great!  She's off everything, even her IV!  She's on all oral medications right now, and taking a bottle for some of her feedings.  She's about where she was before her troubles that started at the beginning of December, taking around 40 ccs by bottle, and then we give her another 60 ccs through her feeding tube.

The key to her going home is that she needs to be gaining weight, but not retaining fluids (making sure that taking her Lasix orally is working and that she is on the right dosage).  Tomorrow morning's weight will tell all.  This morning compared to yesterday afternoon was good, so that much is good.

We got her bed all set up with her new and old friends watching over her:

Oh and she's got her smile back - she doesn't give out a lot of them, but she;s definitely smiling again.

The only pain reliever she's on is tylenol, and if she didn't ever get hick-ups, she probably wouldn't even need that.

The challenge is picking up and holding her - we can't pick her up using her arm pits - she needs to be scooped up.

They said she could be laid on hertummy against your chest, but that would really depend on her level of comfort, and so far, she doesn't like it at all, so cuddling the way like to cuddle Esther will have to wait a little longer. But, right now I can pick her up and hold her all I want.

Esther even got a bath today! We couldn't let her incision get soaked, so it didn't have as much water as usual, but she definitely got a bath, and man did she ever need it - mostly from adhesives left from surgery.

She looked so cute after her bath:

And last but not least, Happy New Year everyone!


  1. She's a little miracle! I'm so happy to read that she is recovering so well, she looks terrific!

  2. Wow, this is amazing news. What a difference a "repair" job makes eh? This is just such wonderfully GOOD news.

  3. What a wonderful way to start out the new year. Esther looks great and so cute. How wonderful to be going home so soon. I love you....I have a doctor's appointment this afternoon. I will let you know what she tells me.
    Tell everyone "Hi" from me and that I send my love.
    Love you sis'~Lisa ♥

  4. What a great way to start the new year! A healthy baby...and maybe even one that goes home ad STAYS home! We are SO thankful this surgery is behind her(and you) and we hope her pain diminishes quickly so she can be cuddled and snuggled close. Thinking of you guys often..."I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight." Isaiah 45:2a

  5. Oh I am so happy for you guys! She looks soooo good! I think she even looks better than whne I saw her the day after surgery! I am just so thrilled that things are going so well for you guys. I will keep praying that they keep going well for you! I have a friend who is a minister of 2 churches in Nebraska also praying for you (as well as the rest of the church!). Every bit helps!


  6. This is the BEST news!!!That is a day sooner than Kaden went home!!!!Praise our awesome God!!We wont be seeing you Monday on our trip down there,so when you are home and settled in,I would love to pay you a visit!!!Bless you Ruth,love Cara