Thursday, May 15, 2008

White Rose Blooming (18 Weeks)

This post is scheduled to automatically publish at 2pm today.

Every Tuesday while you've been in the hospital, we have taken a picture with your pug so that everyone can see how much you are growing! You will be coming home with us this week, so this will be the last post about you in the hospital!

You are now 16 inches long, and you weigh 4lbs 10oz!

Your eighteenth week was a great week! You have finally grown big enough to be able to eat everything from your bottle, which also means that you had your feeding tube removed! This was your last big step before being ready to come home, and you are scheduled to be discharged sometime later this week!

We are so excited to have you home with us, and we've been very busy getting everything ready so that you will be happy and safe. Grandma K. will be hanging out with us for a while to help you feel at home, and I'm sure that you'll have more family coming to see you after you feel like you've settled in!

In the next week, we are looking forward to bringing you home and getting to know you even more by spending as much time as we can with you!

We love you!





Compare our Blessed White Rose at:

2 Weeks
3 Weeks
4 Weeks
5 Weeks
6 Weeks
7 Weeks
8 Weeks
9 Weeks
10 Weeks
11 Weeks
12 Weeks
13 Weeks
14 Weeks
15 Weeks
16 Weeks
17 Weeks

48 comments:

UKNat said...

What a special time for all of you. Blessings to your sweet baby Gwyneth and you! Natalie

Vicki said...

I just love those pictures with her precious little hand over her face. I'm so excited for you all and pray that things will go smoothly. Thanks for continuing to share this miracle with us.

Vicki said...

I just love those pictures with her precious little hand over her face. I'm so excited for you all and pray that things will go smoothly. Thanks for continuing to share this miracle with us.

Paul and Christy said...

I am in awe at how Gwyneth is growing and filling out. It has already been a great journey. Thanks for letting me be part of it. Happy 18 week birthday!
Christy

Our Family said...

Yay again! She is so pretty....I suppose you might be busy during the coming weeks! :) I hope the transition is smooth for everyone!

mommy to two sweet potato bugs said...

I am so happy for your family. Enjoy!!

Apple said...

She's amazing. Thanks for letting us watch her grow.

I'm so excited for you to start experiencing the "normal" things that all new parents both cherish and lament, at the same time. Have fun!!

Angela R. said...

Simply Beautiful!! It is amazing how much Gwyneth has filled out and improved over these past weeks. God does great work and so do dedicated, strong parents, like you and Tricia. Hope you continue to keep us updated with pictures of your little angel when she goes home. Praying your journey only gets better from here!

God Bless!
-Angela

Emily said...

So precious! I love looking at these posts in particular!

The Smith Family said...

Amazing to see how bg she is now!!

Deb said...

Yay! I'm so excited for you guys!! She is only 3 ounces away from how big ours was when we brought her home. Enjoy your first night 'home' together!!!
We'll be praying that you get at least a little bit of sleep tonight!

Jen said...

Truly a reminder of how we are all blessed. Have a wonderful time today and always with your precious family. Congratulations from the Heartland!

Carol said...

Awe, she's so cute, and she's got the pug beat by a mile now! Hope you guys are enjoying finally being all together outside of the hospital!

starbee said...

Cuuuuute! I love she holds her hand over her face like, "Please, no paparazzi, I'm resting Dahling." Lol!

walkingbyfaith said...

It's hard to believe that next time we see an update like this it won't be from the hospital. :) How exciting. I'm praying everything goes well with Gwyneth's discharge and getting her settled at home.

Momnnashville said...

Truly an amazing story. I'd say God has some VERY big plans for Miss Gwyneth! Look out world. Praising God with you all this day. Let the people ALL say AMEN!

Chantal said...

You've come a long way, baby, and now you're going to the best place on earth - home! No matter what building you may live in, home will always be where you are safe in the arms of your mom and dad.

Crying happy tears for all three of you!

The Stevens said...

How exciting to be living together as a family again!! I love your blog! It's a constant reminder of His grace and mercy and most of all "LOVE"! Thank you for sharing your life with us even though some abuse the honor! God is using your lives to touch millions of people! As an advanced practice nurse and medical student, Its so nice to see these miracles unfold! Your always in my prayers!

Gotzfamily said...

I am happy for your family and glad that you are finally going to bring her home. When I think back to that day with my youngest (and he was only in a month) I can only imagine the excitment you and your wife must be feeling.

What a MIGHTY GOD we serve!

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations on the upcoming homecoming. Our son was also a preemie and we have the same puppy in his pictures from the NICU. It is a great way to measure the growth and to remember how tiny they were. We will continue to pray for you all that this week is uneventful and that you get your much anticipated homecoming.

Stacemoe said...

Yeah Gwyneth! You are so amazing. Glad to see how big you are getting. Can't wait to see your post next week when you are 19 weeks old OUT OF THE HOSPITAL!!!!!

Honea Household said...

The pictures are beautiful! You have a beautiful family Nate and Tricia looks great! I am so happy for all of you and so thankful to the Lord for all that He has done for you.

Love my boys! said...

I am so happy for all of you. I will pray for your mom, too. Your whole family is a bunch of fighters, so I'm sure she will do great with the anethesia :)

Praying as always in NY!

Two blessings from above said...

Gwyneth,
Happy 18 weeks! You are sure a miracle. Today you are leaving the hospital and joining your mom and dad at home.
So,18 weeks is extra special!
God Bless you, White Rose Blooming!

La Familia Garcia said...

woohoo..can't wait to hear about the home coming. Praying for a smooth transition for everyone!

"Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me." Mark 9:36

kjames106 said...

What a miracle. God is so amazing!

Em said...

Big girl, always with her hand on her eyes. PEEK-A-BOO.

mrsnan said...

Ha, look at that darling with her hand over her face. So dramatic for one so young!

You guys have such fun times ahead. I'm sure it's overwhelming to have the little one come home for good with Tricia still recovering, but I have SUCH confidence in you both. Be encouraged - you are ready, and you can do this. Blessings on your family,

Sarah T

Destini said...

Amazing!

Carol said...

This is going to be so special! Its almost incredible. Praying your beautiful family, and for your Mom, Nate. Wishing you all the very best.

Blessings From Above said...

I am so happy for you. She looks BIG compared to the pug, especially looking back at her first few pug pictures. Although she has grown a ton - she is still a little peanut at 4 lbs. 10 oz.. Very precious!

Thank you for sharing this miracle with us. You and your family have been such an inspiration to me.

Thoughts and Things said...

She's beautiful as always. It seems she really likes to sleep with her little hands by her face, I like it when babies have little habits like that, makes their personalities shine through!

Shann said...

Congrats on bringing Gwyneth home!!! I love the pictures of her with her hand on her face...I was looking back to post right before she was born and there was one with her hand on her face, just like the ones in this post. She must like it that way!!

I will be praying for you all as you settle in and get used to everything!!

God is amazing!!

Thank you for sharing with us.

Shann in Michigan

Rene said...

Congratulations on bringing home your beautiful daughter. This is a brand new life for all of you! She is a true miracle and your family is a true testament of what God can do.

I hope you're well rested, because he come the 2 a.m. feedings! And I know you will cherish every single sleepless night.

Rene

NC Krol Family said...

how very exciting!!! we'll pray for continued growth and germ-free mingling as gwyneth begins this new adventure!!!

Rebecca said...

As my friend Sarah put it, that pug surely is looking small! :)

She's beautiful!

Andrea said...

Congratulations Nate and Tricia. This beautiful day set apart for Gwenyth to come home. You are going to miss these moments so much! They go by so fast. It is so much fun to look at your baby and see who's nose, hair color, eye shape etc. etc. she has. God knew that Gwenyth could not have better parents than the two of you! Your journey has changed...WOW!

Fire Hunt said...

She is getting so big:) I also love the photos.

Auntie G said...

Welcome "Home" Gwyneth!!!
Gail in KS

Renee said...

It is so amazing ! She is bigger than the pug. She will adjust fine in Tricia and yours loving arms. Tricia looks beautiful and has a wonderful glow of life about her. You are the most blessed man in this world at this time. Have a wonderful first night good luck on the sleep. Renee in California

~j~ said...

Hey! the pug is shrinking! :) and that is a very good thing. Miss Gywneth is growing so beautifully... absolutely delightful to behold. God you are so good...

Janelle said...

yesterday, my family wasn't sure if i had floated away to another planet or not - but i had found your blog & could NOT stop reading. i think i read for over 2 hours. your story is incredible. it is a true testiment to God's FAITHFULNESS and that miracles DO happen. He has walked with you - and He also walked with you today, through the door of your house as you brought your beautiful White Rose home. I cannot stop smiling about that!! :)
the strength you have shown, in the midst of possibly losing the 2 more important people in your life, is incredible. what a testimony.
your family now has a big place in my heart...i will carry your story with me, and will realize that the tough times i have are very small compared to what you have been through.
My husband and i tried for 2 1/2 years before becoming pregnant with our daughter...and now as our arms ache for another baby, and we've been waiting another 2 1/2 years - stories like yours bring me hope, that God really is watching over us, He NEVER leaves us, and He hears our prayers, our screams, our questions, our praises, EVERYTHING.
ENJOY these first days at home with your girls. take it all in...and hopefully get some sleep!! :) :)
MANY BLESSINGS, and prayers...
- J.

Scott said...

Wow, what a cutie!

beautyofdaworld said...

you are an inspiration to a whole lot of people... and you have no idea how many people have you give energy to keep fighting on for :)

swahilimama said...

I'm thrilled for you that you're all home now. I love the way sweet Gwyneth puts her hand over her face when she sleeps. I think you might have a little drama queen. I can see it now. "If I must, I must." or "But Dad, I'll spoil my dress if I clean my room." lol God has blessed you tremendously. Praise His holy name.

Kathryn said...

Awesome!! Praise God for His wondrous works!!

SamuelnKari said...

wow what a big difference from 2 weeks. God has been so good to you. keep us posted on her home coming. i remember bringing our little Meg home last year from the NICU. what excitement and nervousness at the same time. continuing to pray for your family
Kari

The Wades said...

I know the pug pictures were for Tuesdays while Gwyneth was in hospital. Any chance they'll continue on every Tuesday?

So happy for your beautiful family! God Bless to all of you!