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Sunday, January 13, 2008

52 Weeks of Blessings - Week 2-- good health

This week I'm thankful for health. My health, my husband's health and the health of my children. On the 9th of Jan. my sister-in-law had her daughter, Emily Rose, at 32 weeks she had seriously slowed down in her growth due to low levels of amniotic fluid. At birth she was 1 lb 13 ozs {I'm not sure how long she is}. She is currently breathing on her own and got down 24 cc of breast milk. I think she's a trooper. This picture was taken on Sat. Her family will be staying at a Ronald McDonald House, as they live 1 1/2 hours from the hospital in Phoenix.
I'm thankful that I've never had to leave my baby at the hospital. I pray daily for her and her family. I wish that we lived closer, so that we could visit or help watch her older brother so her parents could be there more often. If I could I would be there to help in any way.

22 comments:

Are You Serious! said...

She is so tiny! I agree health is a great blessing!

SuperCoolMom said...

Oh sweet, tiny little girl! Is she at Phx Children's? Our #6 Bitty was 6 wks early 4 1/2 lbs and in the hosp for a month, but at 10 months she's doing great.

Crazymamaof6 said...

health is a wonderful thing. and it is so easily taken advantage of . good job recognizing it now! what a little sugar lump! so sweet!hope she continues doing well!

Andrea said...

Oh my goodness! She is itsy-bitsy and beautiful! Hope she gets stronger every day!

Candace E. Salima said...

What a sweet, sweet baby. My goodness, she is in my prayers and thoughts as are her parents.

carrie & troy keiser said...

Serious- yes and I SO wish I could go see her!
SuperCool- She is at Samaritan. good to know that your little one is doing great!
CrazyMama- Me too!
Andrea- Thanks, so do we!
Candace- Thanks she can use all the prayers she can get.
Everyone- I will post updatesas I get them.

Laura said...

My girls were born at 32 weeks and were much larger than that. They are healthy and wonderful now, as you know. They spent 29 days in the NICU. I volunteer in my NICU and you would be amazed at what I see. If you have any questions or I can do anything please let me know. I am an expert on pumping and I went through a lot to get my preemies to nurse. Sometimes its a tough road waiting for these babies to get bigger and healthier but she will get there. I have a friend who's daughter was about that weight (which is the weight of many 25-26 weekers) from similar problems (placenta not doing its job) and she is 8 and smart and healthy. (((HUGS))). It is VERY difficult to have your baby in the NICU which is one of the reasons I volunteer and try to help parents deal with all that trama. We are just not meant to do it.

carrie & troy keiser said...

Laura- Thanks. The other part of this equation is that my sister-in-law and her husband are a bit challenged. We, as a family, have tried to impress upon them the importance of bieng there daily with her. I think they are getting it. At first they were only going to visit Emily on her husbands days off, but now they are going to stay at the Ronald McDonald House. I don't think she is brest feeding, I think it donnor milk, as she didn't breastfeed their son {he's almost 2}. All the details are not clear as she can't always remember what's she's been told. My mother-in-law and I would love to take a road trip to help out, but who would take care of my crew while I ran away? I just pray that she grows and develops normally, as we're not sure how she would deal with a challenged child.

Cindy said...

Awe, such a sweet baby! I will pray for little Emily Rose. (I love that name.) Our youngest spent 17 days in the NICU and had 2 surgeries. Health is indeed a great blessing!! I marvel at what modern medicine can do!!

carrie & troy keiser said...

Cindy- Thank you for the prayers! Modern medicine is a wonder and a blessing.

angie said...

She's such a little peanut, but what a little miracle!

Jenifer said...

I hope she stays strong! Your sister-in-law is lucky to have you in her life. Best wishes to your family!

carrie & troy keiser said...

Angie-I've never seen anyone so small {haven't actually "seen" her}!
Jenifer-Thanks and so do we!

Aprilyn said...

Thanks for the post on my blog. Are you related to Ryan Keiser?
The baby in the NICU picture is all too familiar to me. My son was born at 33 weeks but was much bigger than that little one. I have seen many many babies that were that tiny. These little bodies sure can fight!

carrie & troy keiser said...

Aprilyn- Not that I'm aware of. I'm amazed by how many people have had babies in the NICU. I think she will grow and thrive. Positive thoughts and prayers!

Brooke said...

Always thankful for good health! What a tiny little baby! Hope she gets stronger every day!

carrie & troy keiser said...

Brooke- Thanks!

Laurie said...

Health is definitely something to be thankful for when we are well! Wishing all the best for your little neice.

natalielange said...

WOW! that she is here is a huge blessing as well! i hope all continues to go well for her and her family! can't wait to read updates of her progress. my sweet daughter was 4 1/2 lbs when she was born. in the hospital for a few weeks. the kicker....she's adopted and i couldn't be with her even though i already knew about her.
We send our prayers their way!!!

carrie & troy keiser said...

Thanks Laurie and Natalie for your concern and prayers.

Lori said...

What a sweet, tiny baby. I hope she continues to do well. We do take our healthy children for granted, and it's nice to be reminded of that blessing!

carrie & troy keiser said...

Lori- so thankful for healthy kids!