10.09.2008

My mind is crazy jumbled

Thank you everyone who started praying for Adleigh because we went to the pediatrician and she called to see if we could move her HIDA scan up and they said they would do her two tests back to back instead of having her wait for so long. She will still probably go 6 hours without anything to eat but that is better than 8! Please pray that these scans show that everything is normal and that she is just having issues with jaundice from being on the TPN for so long. Our ultrasound is at 10 and the HIDA scan is right after that.

The girls had a good exam at the pediatrician. They are gaining weight. Adleigh weighed 7 lbs 8 ozs and Liana weighed 7 lbs 1 oz. This is the closest in size they have been. Liana is trying to catch up with her sister.

Has anyone ever had a baby that immediately starts crying once they realize they are in their crib? We try and put Liana in her crib and she usually only lasts for 10 to 15 minutes and then screams. I am having a little more luck with one of our swings. Maybe it has to do with the motion because even if you are holding her she will sometimes cry until you stand up and bounce her.

Also, Wade and a whole lot of people from Elevation went to Catalyst (a conference in Altanta, GA) and our pastor got to speak there today. I heard he was absolutely amazing and I really wish I could have heard him! God has done mind blowing things through our church and I am so excited that Pastor Steven got an opportunity to share that with so many people. I miss all of you guys at the conference!

Finally, our good friends the Freemans had their daughter Kayleigh move to progressive care. In the NICU world, going to progressive care is like a dream come true. You are finally told your child isn't in critical condition and you get to go to a pimped out little suite. So I know that Kayleigh's parents are super excited and now the only step left is going home! We are still praying hard for you guys and just know once Kayleigh gets out we are going to plan some play dates! God has given you a wonderful gift and you have shown so many people that God is your strength during the toughest of times. We love you!

13 comments:

M&M said...

Hi! Okay, yes - about the crib - my son was not a fan of the crib... at first! One reason I think is it's too big - they don't feel supported in the crib, so try one of those newborn sleep support wedges, which is also a safety measure for keeping the baby from rolling onto her tummy. Both of my kids started out swaddled sleeping in a Moses basket, which I laid in the crib and then graduated on to the sleep wedge-thingy and then just sleeping in the crib. Also, a mobile is great! My firstborn always needed to be walked or held to go to sleep, so I was determined to teach my second born how to put herself to sleep... largely, by gazing at the mobile as she drifted off to sleep. I hope some of that was helpful! (:

M&M said...

Here's the link for the sleep positioner-thingy
http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2585661&cp=2256244
Totally worth every penny! (:

The Gotbeters said...

yes some babies just dont like the crib, its cold, its big, its not mom, its much bigger than the isolet, you can try several things, the wedge is a good one, throw a blanket in the dryer and then lay it down and then her, a snuggly or something for her to cuddle with, put her up against the side so she feels a little more supported etc..My boys both started out in the Mosses baskets also, more their size I think..

Jessi said...

Ferris, too much to write here but will you send me your email address if you get a chance: glory had the fussy reflux, then the puking, and sleep problems the whole time. I was exasperated and have a lot of little ideas that may help you! Shes seven months old nowand most of her problems are totally resolved, besides the puking - which we are used to now!
jessiconnolly@gmail.com
Still praying for yall! Jessi

Allyson said...

Hi Ferris and Wade! Praise the Lord for His faithfulness. We pray for your family all the time, especially our little girls, Hannah and Lauren. (We are the Ross' next door neighbors in Columbia). It is a blessing to check your blog and to rejoice with my girls over what the Lord is doing in your lives. They know at a young age that prayer makes such a difference - even their little 3 and 4 year old prayers. :)
It brought a smile to my face when you asked if anyone else has ever had a baby who didn't like the crib. All three of our kids fall in that category! They have all slept in their car seats swaddled in a blanket for the first 2-3 months after they come home. None of them have liked the crib... all three of them have loved the car seat. Plus, staying in the car seat helps with any reflux problems since they are not flat on their backs - that way they won't gag. Our #4 baby (little James) is due to arrive next month, and he will no doubt be in his car seat too for a while. :)
Enjoy your girls... they are truly a blessing/an inheritance from the LORD! (Psalm 27:1)
- Allyson

M&M said...

Oh and with the reflux too... you would probably want to opt for the baby-positioner that is on a slight incline (not the flat one.)Praying for y'all.

Baby Leino said...

One awesome resource for parenting babies is BabyWise. It handles your exact situation with babies crying as soon as you lay them down. We'll be praying for your sweet girl's appointments.

Anonymous said...

My baby had some reflux, and we tried the sleep positioner with the incline, but it didn't work as well as I had hoped. He kept sliding down. He did much better in the car seat.

Anonymous said...

Oh Yes I have been there!! With our 5th child we used the moses basket and it was awesome. The pediatrician would most likely agree with the car seat it works great with reflux. She will grow out of it, just snuggle her through it, and maybe try a sling to help get things done in the midst of it. I got a cool one for my fussy baby #5 on ebay, I sure wish I would have had one with the other children.

Emily Wallace said...

Jackson hated the crib as well and it seems mean but the only thing that would comfort him was swaddling him with his arms confined. I bought the swaddle blanket from Walmart...here is the link:
http://www.kiddopotamus.com/p_swad.php
I am just so grateful to see them home and doing so well!

The Shumards said...

Ferris, both of my children hated the crib...my Daughter at 17 months still does. I used the swing and the car seat for them to sleep. I checked with my pediatrician first and he said it was perfectly safe and fine for them to sleep there! As for when they are older, like my Emma I still am not sure what to do about that one!!

Lisa said...

Hey Ferris, I am just getting caught up on blogs. Samantha slept in her car seat that I put in her crib so she would be used to the surroundings. She did that for several weeks. Hey it worked and she ended up being our best sleeper. Then we gradually moved her to her crib and the mattress was slightly inclined.

mary said...

A sleep book I'd recommend is "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" by Marc Weissbluth. He encourages you to take it easy for the first 3 months, ESPECIALLY when it comes to preemies (using adjusted age from due date). If they prefer sleeping in a bouncy seat, swing, carseat, etc., do what works for the first 3 months. After that, they start to develop stronger habits and you probably want to move to a crib at some point. But for now, take it easy, do what works for your sweet girls, and don't worry about developing "bad habits." They are such tiny things! :-)