Abby Update: 9 Weeks Old

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Gestation: 37 weeks, 4 days
Weight: 4 pounds, 5 ounces
Feedings: However much she wants by bottle, every three hours

Right now, everyone is just waiting on Abby. On Monday she had lost 10 grams (1/3 of an ounce). Tuesday she stayed the same. Today, however, she gained 36 grams (1 ounce)!

Every feeding time has become a circus act of trying to feed, frequently burp, and hold Abby all while moving her as little as possible. I think it might be working, even though she still spits up at almost every feed. The nice part for us is that she eats like a champ, and frequently wants to eat more after spitting up. On Monday night Abby finally nursed again, and then spit up more than she took in. Then she followed up with a full bottle which she did manage to keep down. Other than that one feed Abby still won’t nurse. We’re trying not to focus on that right now and just try to get enough food in her however she will take it.

Edit: Abby did nurse again this morning and took in 42 milliliters, a full feed!

Abby’s blood and urine cultures came back looking good, which means she doesn’t have an infection. Still, we’re holding off on the hernia surgery until she is a little more stable, consistently gaining weight. It’s possible that she may have her surgery Monday morning.

Abby’s isolette temperature is set at 27.5 degrees Celsius. Every three hours, they take her temperature, and if it’s a little high, they’ll turn down the isolette by half a degree. When it gets down to 26, she can move to an open crib again.

Everyone was so excited at rounds today because of Abby’s big weight gain, that they jumped right to talking about discharge. No, she is not ready to go home yet. But now that she gained weight once, everyone is eager to send her home soon (babies always do better once they get home).

Dan and I are hanging in there. One night as we walked into the hospital, I was insisting that I can’t take any more. It’s one thing when you feel like you can’t take it. It’s another matter when your body starts having problems. Dan and I have been getting a lot of headaches, and mine threaten to become migraines that make me sick and keep me from being able to do much. Dan suggested that it must be possible to handle all of this without “freaking out” or completely “losing it”, because “Hudson Taylor could do it”. I pointed out that, while Hudson Taylor was able to handle trials, heartache, responsibility, and all other sorts of stress all while calmly and peacefully “resting in Jesus”, he did have two wives that both died. Well, in light of our stress and that conversation, we’ve been re-reading a favorite book of ours, Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret during our numerous car rides to and from the hospital. I think it might be helping.

Praise the Lord
We are thanking God for:
-that Abby gained weight!
-that it seems like Abby might be spitting up slightly less
-that Abby doesn’t have an infection
-a couple of successful nursing attempts in the past few days
-Hudson Taylor’s story and the encouragement it has given us

Please Pray:
-that Abby will continue to gain weight, spit up less, and keep her temperature up
-that our family will continue to “hang in there” until Abby comes home
-that Abby won’t have any more setbacks

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3 thoughts on “Abby Update: 9 Weeks Old

  1. Praise God for the list of “praises”, especially that Abby does not have an infection! For every improvement we thank god, and continue to pray the “good” things continue. And we all are praying for you and Dan, too….can’t imagine all you go through, but have faith that you WILL make it! Your faith shines through so brightly, and we are so thankful for the updates. Praying for all of you!

  2. Praying right along with you and so happy for the 1 oz weight gain. Also glad for the encouragement that can come from other people’s stories like Hudson Taylor. Be encouraged Justine and Dan because in time you’ll have your little girl home and today will just be a memory of when you trusted our faithful God. Think of the amazing stories you’ll have to tell Abby as she grows up. Love and prayers for all of you.

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