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Saturday, May 24, 2008

A Mush-Pot Of Things

I have some exciting news to share! I'm pregnant! JUST KIDDING!!! I am crazy, but not that crazy! Actually, my exciting news is that Victoria nursed yesterday afternoon! I had called the lactation consultant to come in and help me just in case Victoria didn't catch on right away. She didn't need any help after all! She latched on and did wonderfully. I was so excited. That is, again, another answered prayer. Before Victoria's surgery, she had such a weak suck. It didn't matter if she was nursing or feeding from a bottle, her suck was weak. I had pretty much given up on nursing pre-surgery and stuck to feeding Victoria with a bottle so she would gain weight. I've been able to tell since her surgery that she is stronger and I thought I'd give nursing a try again. She did such a great job and I praise the Lord for, yet, another blessing.

Yesterday afternoon we were visited by Ronnie Nelson. This is the father of Kris Nelson, who we attend church with at North Mobile. Mr. Ronnie has visited us several times and has been such a huge blessing. At his visit yesterday, he let us borrow his computer camera and headset so we could make some video phone calls via Skype. I was so excited and knew exactly who I wanted to call first. Last night Mark and I used this great technology to call a great friend of mine who lives on the other side of the world. Her name is Donna Havard. It was so wonderful to be able to call her and let her see Victoria. Since she doesn't live here or get to come home often, she was able to get in on a little bit of the hospital action. Mark took a picture of me laughing with Donna. I needed those laughs! Thanks, Mr. Ronnie, for blessing us with your high-tech gear! We wish we would've remembered to take a picture of you for the blog entry today!

Victoria, Mark and I all had a good night last night. Mark actually slept all night on the hard fold-out-chair. He must've been really sleepy because he didn't stir all night. Victoria woke at 4am to feed and then went back to sleep for a few more hours. I slept in the hospital bed with my covers over my head to avoid the constant blow of air in my face from the vent above my head. I actually slept pretty good and just pretended that I was in a tent!

Victoria's last x-ray still shows a small area of collapse in her right lung, but they are watching it closely. We are anxiously awaiting the visit from the doctor today to see how he thinks she is progressing. We will send you an update soon on the report we receive.

We have felt so blessed during our recent adventures with Victoria. She has changed our lives for the better. We cannot imagine life without her and we are so excited for the day that we get to take her home to see her big sisters.


Anonymous said...

Heather -- What wonderful news! As a lactating mother myself, I know the ups and downs that come with breastfeeding. I'm so excited for you both...and what a special bond it brings.

I'm sitting here with Maddie in my lap. She always wants to see the latest pictures and videos of "the Baby Victoria." She just said when seeing the latest "Oh, what a sweetie!" She also said she wanted to write her a note. Well, I'm not going to let her type because who knows what will happen to my computer if I do. (She's always changing the settings on my cell phone and just about anything else she gets hold of, so I'm sure you understand! LOL!)

Victoria is BEAUTIFUL and I glad to see she's doing so well. We pray for you all every day. Steve and I have a special love for the North Mobile family, even though we have had to move our membership for geographical reasons. And having said that, we are burdened whenever someone there is burdened. It is our honor to be in prayer for you and your family, as well as the rest of the North Mobile family.

We look forward to your updates on Victoria's condition.

Steve and Jackie Parks

Anonymous said...

Hey Heather! Praise the LORD!!! Victoria nursed!!! I know that is something you have wanted her to be able to do for a long time!!! God is so good!!!

Love ya!

Anonymous said...

Hi Heather,

I can just feel your excitement as I read your blog each time. Glad Victoria is able to nurse now and is stronger where she can eat more. May God continue to bless her and her family. I know the happiest day will be when you are in the car with her headed South.

Shirley Woodruff

Karen said...

Heather and Mark - We're so happy to see Miss Victoria looking so bright eyed and alert! I just can't wait to love on her when we come to Alabama. You all are doing an AMAZING job as parents to your girls. I love the blog too. I check it several times a day to keep me in the know. Take care and kiss that baby for me!

Jan Scoper said...

Thank you for taking the time to write on your blog. It helps me keep up with Victoria, and praying for you all.
Love you, Jan

Anonymous said...

Hey Heather, Mark and Victoria. I am so happy things are going better for you all. Victoria has been a blessing each time I have seen her in the hospital. I am glad I could be a part of your ministry while you are in Birmingham in the hospital. I am glad to get to know you all. Kris has spoken very highly of you and he has been blessed by you many times. The camera and Mic are yours to keep. We love you all and hope Victoria gets to go home this week.

Ronnie Nelson