Wednesday, January 23, 2008

White Rose Blooming (2 Weeks)

Every Tuesday while you're in the hospital, we'll take a picture with your pug so that everyone can see how much you are growing!

At two weeks, you are exactly the same length (when you're all curled up) as your pug!

Your first two weeks have been most excellent. You are amazing your doctors and nurses with how well you are doing. It hasn't been perfect, but you really couldn't be doing much better. You're vent settings are as low as they can be, you've pooped, and you have a brain (without any bleeding). :)

In the next week, we're hoping that you will be moved to the CPAP machine and will do well enough so that the vent will become a distant memory. We're also hoping that you can begin "eating" more breast milk so that you will start to really grow and thrive!

And, everybody, including your doctors and nurses (in hushed tones so the other babies and mommies and daddies don't get jealous) tell me that you are the prettiest baby in the NICU!

We love you!




76 comments:

Julie said...

Can you even say anything other than "AWWWWWWWWWW" when you see her? How cute, she has a pug just like the one she'll meet when she goes home!
It still amazes me to watch the miracles in this situation as it unfolds before our eyes. We do serve a mighty King, don't we?

Mary said...

How cute is THAT!? And i'm finally one of the top 5 posts. Woohooo. Still lifting you guys and GIRLS up in prayer.

((HUGS)) from Florida!

Mary

Janet said...

Oh, Nathan. What a good idea. Now we can really watch her grow each week. So amazing to hear all the reports on how well she is doing. Must be her Mom's influence. Love you guys and still praying constantly for all three of you.

Anonymous said...

Sweet, Sweet, Sweet! Praying for continued improvement for both your girls! God is so AWESOME!!

mom2izzyandallen said...

I must be addict! I think I'm first :) Thanks for the photos - we are still praying.

The Dodges

shelly said...

she is lovely! happy 2 week birthday little rosebud!

The Adoption Of William said...

She is SO cute. I just cannot get over that beautiful blond hair!!


Blessings,

William's Mom

Laurie said...

She is just so precious and I am praying with you that the vent will be a distant memory to her soon, too.
I am amazed at this little angel. And I am amazed with Tricia too. I sure am praying they get to meet face to face and touch to touch really soon.
Continued prayers here for the three of you as God keeps doing what He does best, Miracles.

Laurie in Ca.

Anonymous said...

When everything calms down and you are all home and living a "normal" life...what will we ALL do? You better continue to update your blog so we, who are so emotionally invested in you, can keep praying and being blessed by the sweet answers......thanks for the precious pictures!....still praying!

Carol said...

Adorable...keep the pictures coming so those of us who aren't there can enjoy watching your rose bloom.
C

Anonymous said...

What an angel! My eyes are filling with tears at how beautiful she is and how loved she is.

God Bless you all.

Karen in TN

maggiemae and family said...

she is amazing!! thanks for the pics i was "needing" to see her so i could see how she is doing!!!! when in doubt of what to post for us just give us a glimpse of that sweet girl!

Christy said...

Precious baby girl. Oh, she's just precious. You can definately see changes in her, including her growth, each time that you post new pictures of her. God is taking such good care of that little miracle! How awesome!

Pauline said...

AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWwww those are some precious pictures!

TheBrantners said...

And how can people still say that God does not exist or defile His name?!?!

These pictures are just precious! So happy to hear of all the good updates! Praying Gwyneth will be able to eat milk soon!

Anonymous said...

How incredible!!! She is just amazing. Such a true testimony to the miracle of God's creation of every (little!) life! So happy to see her and hear that she is doing so well. What a MIRACLE!
love from Michigan

mamma_of_five said...

Look @ her as cute as a Pug is right , Its a beautiful thing to have memorys like these.Take care sending love all the way from British Columbia , Canada:)

Anonymous said...

She is PERFECT in every way. Glad to see it was a stuffed Pug and not MEKA! I haven't seen the other babiesin the NICU but there is no doubt in my mind she is the prettiest one!

Jane-Jane said...

I never thought I would be so ecstatic about poop!

And the vent setting....as low as it goes!!! YEAH GOD!!!

And Gwyneth, the c-pap will look interesting, so the boys in the NICU may not be that interested in dating at this point, but it is best for you! Anyways, you aren't allowed to date until you are 30, so don't worry about what you look like little girl. You are precious in all of our eyes, and especially God's eyes!

Still praying for you in SC!

josh and nicole said...

so precious! she looks very comfy! my 1 year old would love that snuggle pillow! still praying, praying.

Anonymous said...

We love the pictures of your beautiful Rose! Wait until the kids get home from school- They will be so excited to see Kyle's pug resting by Baby Rose! Kyle has the identical Webkinz pug (his absolute favorite stuffed animal which he snuggles closely each night) so now we will know EXACTLY how "big" your little Rose has gotten!
We are continuing to rejoice with you in all the wonderful reports, and we will keep sending prayers to our Awesome God!

Thanks also for giving us the oppotunity to pray with/for these other families. It is a privilege to lift each one of these precious lives up to the Lord.

Love and prayers,
The Edwards family

justinjasonsmom said...

She is so beautiful. I continue to lift you all up in prayer. When I look at those pics of your precious baby girl it reminds me that our GOD IS GREAT!
Thanks for posting all the time to keep us updated. Shhh... don't tell anyone, I think I am a little addicted to your blog. ;)

Fran

Katelyn said...

I love it - the pug is a great idea to chart how big she is getting. And the blond hair is gorgeous, even though I am a bit biased considering that's my hair color too. :) Such great news! We will keep praying!

Chelle' said...

How sweet are those pictures? I'm captivated by her!!!

Praying Tricia continues to thrive as well.

seekingserenity67 said...

She's just priceless!

Punchbugpug said...

Love your choice of a measuring tool! Hard to imagine just how tiny she is!!!!

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

Wow--I saw your link on Stephanie's page, and I had to click over, because I dated a guy for 2 years with CF.

Congrats on your baby.

Jessica Morris said...

how precious!!!

Anonymous said...

Has she been weighed again??? 2lbs yet?? Precious girl:)
Prayers and Love from Texas

candicesalazar said...

Look at that angel!!! You are glowing with pride Dad--and I can't even see you!!! Congratulations on all the miracles!! We'll keep the prayers coming out of NE!!
Candice & Co

walkingbyfaith said...

I just love Gwyneth and her pug! How precious! I love that you've found a way to show us her growth every week. Awesome idea!

She's beautiful, but I don't have to tell y'all that. :)

One Happy Family! said...

How cute it that!
Many prayers still being lifted up for your sweet girls and you!

Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

Oh just look at her little spine! So strong looking

Brianne said...

How insanely precious and adorable. Her little pug is too cute. Our daughter loves our dog to death, and I know Gwyneth Rose will love yours when she gets to meet her doggy sibling! She has had so many wonderful things happening, and it is so wonderful to see!!

Happy two week birthday, precious angel! You are kept in my prayers daily!!! I'm so glad you are getting stronger, you pooped, and that you are getting better by the day!! I can't wait to hear that you've been given some yummy milk to make you grow and thrive even more than what you have already! You are a true blessing, little one. God is great!

Love and Hugs from Virginia

Anonymous said...

She is the most beautiful baby ever!
We love wathcing your little rose bloom...thank you again for including all of us in the life of this fascinating, wonderful, adorable miracle!
Still praying for both of your beauties!
Love ~ Dana and Wil haupfear

Jen in Al said...

That is sooooo cute! thank you for posting those adorable pictures! So precious!! i also want to thank you for posting the prayer request for the Stanfields! there have been so many comments of people praying for them because they saw your post. it is amazing! Praying for you all! jen in al

♥PugPosse♥ said...

Oh My Gosh! is that Pug a WEBKINZ? my daughter has it if it is....truly amazing to see her in comparison to that Pug.
She looks so cozy resting all curled up on her Belly close to her Meka....
Great Idea Nate!

any luck with finding someone for Custom made Jewelry?

jenn said...

too stinkin' cute. :-)

TruePraise said...

I will add my "awwwwwww" to the choir now.....that is just beyond precious.....

Thoughts and Things said...

She is the prettiest flower ever. Her nurses make her look so comfortable! I am glad she is getting breastmilk! Hopefully mommy will get to breastfeed the next baby, but it is the milk that counts most and I'm happy to hear she is getting it!

Thanks for the update! Updates with pitures are my favorite! Your family has been part of my life since 1 or 2 days before your daughter was born, I check on you all (spoken like a true North Carolinian eh?-We're military, I'm really from Wisconsin) anyway, as I was saying, I check on your family everytime I sit down at my computer. I feel I am waiting, waiting for mommy to see her little girl, and the day you hold her I will be crying with joy.

Thank you again, for sharing!

Apryl in NC

Anonymous said...

Is that a Webkinz?? Cute cute cute!

Julie said...

Is that a webkins? Just trying to get perspective. She is just beautiful, wonderfully made, amazing! Still praying

rachael said...

What a great post - I love that you posted to Gwyneth, so incredibly sweet! Great idea with the pug too, it will really give a good perspective on how much she grows each week!

Anonymous said...

We are praying for you 3 here in Roanoke Rapids, NC. I received the links from a coworker praying for you in Kyle, Texas, and have shared them with prayer warriors here. We check on your progress all the time. Nate, take care of yourself - caregivers need rest and some time outs to rejuvenate! Hugs and love to T and G! Kimberly

Renee said...

So good to read how well everyone is doing! Tricia and Gwyneth look amazing. Continuing to pray for you all....

Anonymous said...

Another Awwww. Growing in units of pug! Just a tiny little bundle of adorable. She is truly beautiful!

Emily said...

That last picture just takes my breath away!!! :) I mean, they all do, but AWWW! You go, Gwyneth.

Anonymous said...

oh my way too cute! Love it!!!

Mandy said...

So sweet! She is a doll! I pray for you everyday.

Mandy
GA
www.madelinegracehopkins.blogspot.com

Deb said...

That is a great idea- I wish we had thought of that when ours was in the NICU.
Congrats on the poop! We'll pray that it keeps coming so she doesnt have to spend so much time under the bili-lights.
Both of your girls are looking fabulous!
www.xanga.com/pinkdebster

Anonymous said...

I have read this everyday since baby Gwen was born. You are so inspiring and uplifting to people all over this world even my little four year old can't wait to get home and ask for the laptop just to see Tricia and her new baby Gwen. Your life story has impacted so many people and I know that was in God's plan and it amazes me how you stand so strong in your faith. I look foward everyday to the updates as it has made me stronger in my faith. "To God Be The Glory"

goofy girl said...

awwwwwww, she's so cute and she has grown a lot since she was born. we're all still praying for all three of you. glad that everybody seems to have good news
:)

Momnnashville said...

So I am mushy -- and that made me cry.... Nate, your blog will be a big help for you in Gwyn's teenage years when she rolls her eyes at you and says you dont love me!

z1ta said...

Awwwwweee... that was the first word that came out of my mouth when I saw Rose with her pug. Glad everything is going well with her.

Anonymous said...

How cute! Is that her first Webkinz? The nurses and doctors don't lie. She is a beauty!!!

Anonymous said...

I have to agree, great idea posting this to Gwyneth, and the pictures are ADORABLE!! They make me want to kiss her on the head!! We're still praying for you all here at LU SOL. I also have some friends in Massachusetts and Ontario hooked now!! Or should I say YOU do, since the story is what grabs the heart and pulls it in!! Great video of Trish the other day too!! We'll keep praying!!

Kristi said...

Nate,
I have followed your story for a couple weeks now and cannot stay away from your blog. You are an amazing individual, to say the least. I am 28 years old and was diagnosed with breast cancer while being pregnant. Addison Hope was born on November 27th at 31weeks,3days. She spent 4 weeks in the NICU and came home on Christmas morning! She is a strong, miracle baby just like Gwyneth Rose. They take after their mommies! In many ways I can relate to your story and the difficult decisions you faced and continue to face. Tricia is one brave girl. Her courage is immeasurable. I asked my friends and family to pray for you all in my online journal today. You, Tricia and Gwyneth will always be in my daily thoughts and prayers. Take care of your girls!
http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/kristifrazier

Anonymous said...

From Deb in Colorado Springs. I work in a level III NICU and just want to tell you that your Gwyneth is doing AWESOME! It is great to see the pics and see how well she looks and she is just beautiful. I do love the idea of measuring her weekly with her pug that will be great for her to see when she is older. Glad to hear that all is going well and that things are looking positive for Tricia. We keep all of you and the other families that yu list in our prayers daily

Patty said...

Sniff... So sweet. Happy Two Weeks Baby Gwyneth!!!

Laura said...

i am so happy that you are doing this!
6 years later i look at my daniel's lion and i am so amazed that he ever truly was that small much less smaller than it was to begin with.
she looks great and from your reports she is making great progress.

weavermom said...

She is so beautiful!

TerryKM said...

I am glad that the pug came to good use. I was sad when I realized that Tricia couldn't have it with her in icu, but now she can see it with her baby! Say hi to Tricia for us!
Sarah

Rhea said...

I love the pug pictures. Hope that Meka doesn't get jealous ;-)

Proud DAD /Grandpop said...

Great Pictures.Frank and I are checking them out. We think it is Meka dressed up. I knew she could not wait to meet the new family member. Thanks again to all that have been praying so faithfully during this portion of N,T.G's journey.

Sarah said...

You will treasure those pictures - we called our little one TRex in utero (long story) and when she was born at 25w3d, we brought in a little stuffed dinosaur that we had as her NICU mascot. I still take pictures of her with Pickles at the very least every year on her birthday.

mommy mel said...

Simply amazingly miraculous!!!!!

The pictures with the pug are a wonderful way to watch your beautiful rose bloom & grow.

our family continues to pray for all of you!!!

OBX Rox said...

Nate and Tricia, when my nephew Cameron was born at 27 weeks (14 years ago) it was Beanie Babies that were just beginning to be the rage. His NICU nurse at CHKD gave him a purple platypus, and he has never been a day without it since then, although I think it lives in the drawer now, rather than next to him! :) Platypus served as our yardstick back then, too!

When he was 2 and someone would call it a duck, he was quick to correct them!
Love you,
Roxanne

Kim said...

I looked at that and said - wow, that's a big dog! Then I read that it's a webkinz, and realized that Gwyneth is just a tiny girl so far. I am praying she continues to grow and thrive. And YAY! for negative CF screening!!

Hilary said...

Little Gwen you are too cute sleeping next to your pug!!! Your Daddy does an awesome job keeping us updated on you and your Mommy!! We continue to say special prayers everyday for you and your family. Grow sweet girl grow!!!

Heather said...

I have never posted on a blog before, but considering I virtually ignored my family this entire night to read every one of your blogs in your "adventure" I figured I should send you a msg. I heard about your blog thru someone @ duke and I am so glad they shared it with me! You have had me moved to laughter and tears over the past hours and I want you to know that you will be in my prayers daily. Your family is amazing! You are surely giving your girls strength as you continue to share your commitment, faith and courage with them.

P.S. My 2 yr. old son has the same pug that you measure Gwyneth by and we call him Beau!

beth from haddon heights said...

My kids have the same webkin and were in awe at Gwyneth's size. We have seen the photos, but for the kids this put it all in perspective.
So precious!!!
We continue to pray she grows big, does more poops, and is healthy.
beth

Anonymous said...

Oh My Gosh, this is just too adorable. What a great picture idea. Still praying for all of you!
Hugs and Prayers from Maryland

Pam Doughty said...

What incredible perspective! My son has a Webkinz pug (named Roger), and to see your beautiful White Rose next to one is amazing. I look forward to watching Gwyneth dwarf her pug and eventually cradle it in her arms!
Blessings......

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Chris said...

Omigosh Nate, I never thought I would say this, but..."YAY FOR POOPIES!!!!" /em does the happy dance!

I swear her hair is growing along with her body - what a beautiful head of hair she's going to have!

My poor Meg was sparse even at 2 - I worried if she was ever going to get hair! Now it's thick, long, and luxurious -

I love the idea of taking her pix with her pug. I would set my kids up in the same chair in the living room and take their pictures every month. It was kind of neat looking at the progression!

I'll continue to keep you three in my prayers - it's great to see Trish hamming it up for the camera too :-) I am so thankful to our Lord for His many blessings and miracles!

Chris/Rhinna (from worshiptogether)

daralala said...

Her little spine is soooo cute!!!

::PRAYING FOR POOP::