Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Sofie is heading home soon!!!

Dr. Watts called and said to get the car seat ready...and I (Danyele) almost fell off the bed!  Being born a preemie and so growth restricted, the doctors orginally said Sofie would be in the NICU 2-3 weeks and maybe longer based on any set backs.  Well, we are on day 8 and Sofie is scheduled, if all goes well, to come home on Friday afternoon.  Ryan and I will be doing our overnight with her at the hospital on Thursday evening.  it gives us a chance to be alone in a room with her for the first time, but have hospital staff close by if we need them or have questions.  Parenting and caring for a preemie is so much different...and not just because she's 3lbs 9 oz.  Sleeping, eating, burping, talking,  and all that stuff is different.  So, the hope is we soak up all the info and we bring her home safely.  I have to admit, it's a bit scary.  We are ready for her to be home!!  We can't wait to be together as a family.  That has yet to happen since only one guest is allowed in NICU.  

So, we have still covet your prayers as there are many dangers of her just being outside of the sterile environment and being in our home.  Kids in school and the flu and RSV are all scary things...not to mention a dumb dog that barks at every stinking thing in the world that will simply scare Sofie out of her skin.  Also, two very, very helpful older sisters that will likely be a little "too helpful".  And, pray for us as a family as we settle into our new roles and expectations.


Some pictures for your enjoyment...

Mommy being discharged from the hospital...I had to stay.  So many tears...Mommy and Daddy didn't like coming home without their new baby.  It just didn't seem right.

And as soon as Mommy and Daddy said good bye, I threw them this kiss...


My one week birthday...out of the tent!!!  Yeah!


The first time big sister Brooke got to touch me....she was jacked up so high that I never thought we'd get her to sleep that night!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Danyele's thoughts for For Sofie's First Week Birthday...

I just love how the Good Lord always reminds me He's the one.  I set on Psalm 46:10 so many times because I get so busy with fear or what if's or anxiety, that I can't just be still and remember that He is God.  
Today, as if only to send me a loving reminder in all the hoopla of the past 2 months, I got this inspiration from the Walk in the Word ministries, which I love.  Pastor James Mac Donald just sent along a reminder of setting my eyes God, nothing else.  I pray that you too in your moments of 4:10's, whatever they may be (jobs, family, money, school, life, etc) that you too remember that you re so very precious and perfect to Him.
""Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? . . . But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 

Matthew 6: 25-27, 33

How often do you wake up in the middle of the night with burdens on your heart that keep you from going back to sleep?

It happened to me last night. The clock said, 4:10 a.m. and I was wide awake.

Baggage from yesterday and worries about tomorrow weighed heavily on my mind. What Jesus said in Matthew 6:34 is true. "Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."

Do you start the day thinking, "I don't have enough on my mind today. I'm going to borrow trouble from tomorrow and make up some new problems"? Yeah, me neither. The word trouble means adverse circumstances, problems, hardship. And for certain, each day has enough of its own.

Jesus says in effect, "Let's compartmentalize here. You can't carry the weight of the past-that's what forgiveness is for. You can't carry all the uncertainties of the future-that's what faith is for; you must focus on today. Let's deal with what we can."

We weren't made for anxiety. The manufacturer's specifications do not allow for worry. It's no different than if someone poured sugar in your gas tank or introduced a virus to your computer. Worry does that to the human spirit. When you gather up in your mind on a regular basis a list of all the unknowns of the future and repeatedly review and extrapolate, the uncertainties become so large that it will crush you. Everything gets sideways when you're on the anxiety program.

You were not fashioned for fear.

You were not wired for worry.

You were made to live today-"Sufficient for the day is its own trouble"-to focus on the things that you can affect, to work on the things that you can improve that are right in front of you.

You and I have limited capacity. We can't carry yesterday or our imagined tomorrow. We've got to trust the Lord today, from one day's 4 a.m. to the next."

Newer Pics of Sofie...

Sofie is gaining weight slowly but steadily, up to 3lbs 8oz. She moved from her 'tent' home tonight, which means we are closer yet to coming home. Still a number of days away, but making progress. Here are some newer pics from the last couple of days...

Either saluting or blessing the people (or both)...


A wrinkly little hand....

Holding hands with daddy....

Peaceful inside the tent.....

Enjoying each other....

This little piggy went to market...

just plain beautiful, like all my sisters...


Wednesday, January 16, 2008

More Sofie!

Well, it's been about a day and a half since Sofie was born, and she is doing very well!  She lost the nose tube and mouth tube so far, and she ate her first meal: One Teaspoon of formula.  But she used a bottle and drank it herself, so that is very good.  Mom's doing well (except for the pain from the c-section); she got to get up and see Sofie for the first time since the operating room, and was the first to hold her!  
Here are some more pics... (by the way...the softball is an 11 inch softball, not even a full size women's softball!)










Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Sofie is here!!!

Proving that an Easterhaus can do something early, Sofie has arrived at 34 weeks, 1 day!  I won't write much, because nobody is going to read it anyway...

Here she is...and she's crying!!!  And pretty too!


















Here she is just hanging out in the crib...about 1 minute after birth!
















Here's mom and dad and Sofie... 
















Here's D...she's ok, but a little pissed off at Eve. (And she's #1 as you can see)
















Sofie all hooked up...but it's not that bad!