Juliana received her second dose of Indomethacin at 6AM. A follow-up echo of her heart a little later in the morning showed that her PDA is now “trivial”. We hope that the 3rd dose at 6PM will close it for good. This afternoon I got to hold her skin-to-skin for about an hour and a half. It is amazing how small and light she is. She snuggled in and was very comfortable. They turned down her oxygen several times because her saturation levels kept maxing out. I can’t really describe how great and natural it felt, words fail.

27 thoughts on “11/16/09

  1. Beautifully said, Jason. I am so happy you and Jennifer have had the opportunity to cuddle with Juliana. You are all benefiting. We love you.

  2. It’s amazing! It brings me to tears. It amazed me how it felt like air lifting my guys for changes or kangaroo care. Congrats, daddy!

  3. Praying the ductus will close without surgery. I was smiling ear to ear as I read about you holding your daughter, Jason. This is a day you will cherish always.
    Love and prayers ~

  4. Welcome to the Brotherhood of Daddyhood, Jason. You have earned the full complement of perks, and then some. One day Juliana will understand what this meant to you.

  5. How awesome Jason! I am so happy that both you and Jen have been able to hold precious Juliana. You are so right –
    there are no words to describe holding your precious baby. Keeping you all in our prayers!

  6. Awesome, awesome, awesome!!! Or in the words of a niece of mine that couldn’t quite say Alleluia – ABALUBA!!!

  7. Teary eyed as I read about you holding your precious baby girl for the first time. It’s amazing as a parent to just be so completely in love with your child, with absolutely no thought to their size! She will grow and thrive with all the cuddling and love from her mom and dad.:) Prayers go up several times a day for Juliana.

  8. Yea!!! I can’t imagine what a torture it’s been for you to have to wait this long to hold her. Praying hard, as always,


  9. What an exciting couple of days. God is good. What is her length now? The students keep asking me and I don’t know the answer.

  10. We am SO happy that both of you got to hold your precious baby! This is one of life’s greatest gifts. We will continue to pray for your family.

    Ophelia and Danny

  11. Hi Jen & Jason,
    I have been following your website every day and thinking of you so much. I am so thrilled with your news of Julianna’s developments and that you both got to hold her. I’ll continue to send all my positive thoughts your way from across the atlantic.


  12. Tears and more tears. I am so happy you’ve reached this milestone. May God reach down and close that little opening and may He hold all three of you in His arms today.

  13. I am so excited that you both were able to hold your beautiful girl. I can only imagine how happy you must be!

  14. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!!

    I am so incredibly happy that you’ve both had a chance to hold Juliana!

  15. Oh, my heart is happy; I cannot imagine your’s!

    Continuing to pray, and thanking God for continued daily miracles in Juliana’s little life.

  16. That is just so cool that her sats went up when you were holding her! You’re sounding like quite the medical professional these days, Jason–you’ve got all the lingo down. 🙂

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