Sunday, April 12, 2009

Twice the Andrea

Well, she did it, at least for the moment. Andrea weighs 910 grams, or 2 pounds, .1 ounce. She has officially doubled her birth weight! On top of that, she broke the two pound mark, although just barely. It is not uncommon for Andrea to have a down day with her weight, especially after a big gain, so we have to see how long this lasts. She does seem to keep making two steps forward and one step back, so at least the losses are quickly regained.

We went to see Andrea for Easter, and she is still holding her own. She is having a difficult day today, with a lot of trouble maintaining appropriate oxygen saturation levels. While we were there, the nurse increased oxygen support more than once. Andrea is looking pale, and is not really herself. Her nurse commented that she is lethargic, and not her feisty self. Ken and I are predicting that she'll need a blood transfusion in the next day or so. Her blood is tested Monday mornings, so the nurse said they're trying to wait until then to make a decision. Then they won't have to stick her more than once. Of course, if her progress gets worse, they'll make a decision tonight.

There was very little we could bring Andrea for Easter. She can't wear clothes yet, and she lives on milk and vitamins. Even her hats need to be a certain type to protect her head and keep her warm. You can see her Easter present in the top right corner of the isolette - she has a little chick keeping her company. We also brought some bedding for her - a collection of blankets and some washcloths, which are used to position her head and body. The hospital issue ones are fine, but of very coarse fabric. Now she'll be a little spoiled.

I'm feeling a little drained today. Trying to pull off Easter for the boys on top of everything else was exhausting. Fortunately, the Easter Bunny arrived as expected, so no one was disappointed. Please continue to pray for Andrea. She is doing well, but days like today are scary, when we see how quickly she can start to struggle. She's still so small, especially when we consider that she is a 32 week baby now. She needs to continue to grow and get stronger, and the prayers do make a difference.

“When you have come to the edge Of all light that you know And are about to drop off into the darkness Of the unknown, Faith is knowing One of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on or You will be taught to fly”
Patrick Overton


  1. Always in my thoughts! May you and your family rise above it all and move forward to relaxing, cozy times together.
    Happy Easter.


  2. We are thinking of all of you, but especially sweet little Andrea on this Easter Sunday. Thank you for the updates, Victoria. Both you and your amazing daughter are unbelievably inspiring!
    Ann Marie and James

  3. Wishing you Easter blessings.:)
    Sharon, Darren and Dean