Hello again friends!
We are trying to be better about blogging about our sweet boys, Ford and Hayden because we really do love keeping you updated and talking about our little miracles. Unfortunately, we get so busy in the NICU day in and day out... we usually collapse from exhaustion when we get home.
On Wednesday, our doctor tried Ford off the ventilator and onto bubble C-PAP, which is basically pressure and oxygen from a bubbling aparatus that flows through prongs in his nose. It is what Hayden's been on for over a week now. Ford gave it his best, but had to go back on the ventilator. He just needs more pressure to keep his lungs inflated right now than the bubble c-pap can provide. He made it 18 hours on the bubble c-pap before he tired out and had to go back on the vent. The doctors said it was not a failure... he is just not ready and we needed to know that. At least he made it 18 hours so we now he can do it... he just needs more time to grow and get his lungs healther. I have to admit I was a sad... I had prayed so hard about it and firmly believed he would make it. But, I know this he WILL GET OFF THE VENT & COME HOME! Ford just needs more time to grow his lungs. That's what I am praying for and hope you will too. He really does look good. He smiles a lot, bats his handsome big blue eyes and laughs sometimes as well. We are so blessed.
Hayden is still plugging a long on the bubble c-pap. We are hoping next week we can get him on oxygen and feeding him by mouth instead of by tube all of the time. He too looks really good and he loves his pacifier, loves to eat and loves to be held by his mommy and daddy. They are both gaining weight nicely. They weigh about 4 1/2 pounds each now and finally don't look or feel so frail. I am loving that.
Tonight we were so blessed. We were talking to our new friends who have a 23-weaker who is getting close to coming home... when we ran across a couple who had 2 very cute toddlers. We came to find out their twins, a boy and a girl, were 26 weekers. They spent 3 months in the NICU... today their children are home with them after many hurdles. It's like we were meant to meet them... to renew our faith and hope that Ford and Hayden will make it through all of this. We need little reminders like that from time to time. The mom informed us that when she told the kids they were going to Cook Children's hospital today... the little boy started uttering Jesus' name over and over again. Coincidence? Of course not, we needed to hear their story!!!
Trey and I are so thankful for all of you--
Dana, Trey Hayden and Ford