Friday, May 15, 2009

3 weeks old

Gaines is 3 weeks old today. Brittany and I visited him this morning and everything is about the same. His CO2 level in his blood is high again but his PH levels are compensating so the doctors are okay with the CO2 level. His oxygen is hanging around 28-30%. He did lose 35 grams last night which puts his weight at 3 pounds 9.5 ounces. The nurses actually had to take his little shirt off because he was too warm last night (he is doing a good job holding his own temperature). I think he is trying to get better because Reed is here (sibling rivalry).

Brittany and I just got back from taking Reed to lunch. It is interesting to me to think about how much we agonized over Reed staying here in DC with us. We knew we wanted him to stay, but we wanted to do what was best for him. At the last minute on Monday morning we decided to keep him here in DC (literally the last minute, my parents were on their way to pick him up to go to the airport). I cannot explain the change in Brittany and me since Reed has been here. God knew we needed him and he needed us. We are a family again and it has been wonderful. Reed hasn't been perfect the whole time he has been here, but it is amazing how much you can miss those temper tantrums.

Please continue to pray for Gaines health, specifically his lungs.



The Riedel Family said...

Always praying for baby Gaines and the rest of your family. You are so blessed to be able to have Reed there with you to help keep your spirits up. Happy 3 week birthday, Gaines! You are such a little fighter!

Ruthie said...

Happy Three Weeks Gaines! I'm sure having Reed there just makes life feel more normal, which I'm guessing is a blessing to feel when you have a baby in the NICU. It'll be special when the boys are older too, to be able to tell Reed he was there and a part of all of it. I'll be praying you all have a great weekend and that Gaines is able to gain more weight and keep all his levels where they should be.


Landon and Jen said...

Praying for Gaines, and so glad that Reed is bringing you so much joy in the midst of a tough time.