01/04/10

Sorry that we haven’t updated in the last couple of days. I guess slow news days are good for us! Juliana had a follow-up eye exam today to see the results of last week’s surgery. Apparently her left eye is good, and the surgeon wants to reevaluate her right eye in another week. He couldn’t quite tell how well it was healing, so he’ll be checking again soon. So, we will continue to pray for complete healing for both eyes and no future complications.

Today Juliana weighs 3 lb, 9 oz. She is growing so rapidly! Tomorrow she will begin her compressed feeds, the next step on the way to breastfeeding. She has been receiving 10 ml/hr for 11 hours at a time, but the compressed feeds will begin to simulate the “bolus” that a baby receives when they eat for 15-30 minutes. So, the goal is to make sure that her stomach can tolerate the larger amounts of milk at a time. Once that goal is accomplished, they will work on her sucking and swallowing skills. Very exciting!

She has also been doing very well with her breathing. She’s been on nasal canula for 2 days now and tolerates it very well. When we get home again we’ll try to upload some photos of her in her little outfits. So cute! Also, I think she’s been smiling at me. Probably just a muscle twitch. 🙂

14 thoughts on “01/04/10

  1. Nah, has to be a smile! That’s so awesome! My students were thrilled to have an update today after 2 weeks of vacation.

  2. I was so glad to see an update today! I’m so excited with Juliana’s rapid growth! Yay! It’s awesome that she’s smiling! I can’t wait to see her beautiful little face in person! I’l be praying that everything goes well with her eyes!

  3. Oh, I can’t wait to see pictures of her in real baby girl clothes. We’re praying for her eyes and will continue to ask God to hold His healing hand over them. A smile for Mommy–let’s believe it’s real!

  4. Way to go Juliana! You are such a strong little girl. I’m praying for you and I can’t wait until you are big enough for me to hold!

  5. Wow!!! I’m SO completely excited about all her progress! That’s amazing she weighs 3lbs.9oz. We brought Hailey home at 4lbs. 2oz., so your little one is getting so big.;)
    We continue to pray for her. How many weeks is she now?

  6. Her progress is so good, in just a short time you will be posting a going home date! That will be one great day for celebration!

  7. Glad to hear about her rapid growth — so very exciting! Hope her little eyes heal…in our prayers!

  8. What wonderful news! Not a day goes by that Juliana is not in our thoughts and prayers.

    Cathy

  9. AHH!! The excitement! Juliana is getting so big so quickly! I won’t be able to make it this Wednesday because I had to reschedule my appointment 🙁 I’ll let you know when I’ll be in the area and hopefully it will be a good time to stop by again.
    Juliana-Keep up the good work baby girl! Keep smiling so that mommy and daddy can catch it on camera and show the rest of us 🙂
    can’t wait for pictures!!!
    lots of love, hugs and prayers

  10. Oh, my word! She’s gaining weight so FAST! Of course she smiles at you, Jen, you’re her Mommy! So happy about the good report on the eye surgery. Praying that the other eye is ok, too. Oh, she’s so precious!

  11. Jason & Jen,

    What wonderful news! So nice to hear that things are progressing so well for Juliana. We will keep her in prayers for healing from her eye surgery. I can’t wait to see her in the little girl outfits too. I’ll be checking back for sure to see those pics. Love and prayers for you all.

  12. Your update thrills my heart and I can see yet again that God answers prayer and He is faithful! What wonderful news on all accounts! She will be home before you know it. I pray that both eyes will be completely healed. God bless you all!

  13. Happy New Year! This post is so exciting. I am very happy to hear that she is getting bigger and stronger. She seems to be growing so fast. How awesome!! I pray for you guys each day and hope that soon, you can take her home!

    God Bless

    Katie Torchia

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