Joy was admitted into the hospital and remained there for 11 days because she got pneumonia due to two respiratory infections back to back at 11 months old. This video shows her when she finally felt better.
Joy’s two biggest brothers singing “Happy Birthday” to her on her three-month birthday, with Grandma in the background.
Our three-year old Shane singing to his little sister with Grandma in the background. Three Months Old today!
Joy’s first bottle was on July 25th. Joy’s nurse Kathy thought she was ready to try a bottle. Joy’s feeding tube was moved to her nose and we tried. She only drank 8 CCs, and the rest was put through her tube, but it was a start!
Baby sponge bath – on July 15th, Joy was now allowed a real sponge bath, instead of just using soapy wipes.
Joy finally began to cry. This was as she was getting the tape changed that held her cpap mask in place.
Joy was finally controlling her temperature enough so the temperature control in her isolette could be turned off . . . and she could now wear a onesie.
Joy’s nurse Colby was so amazing and made it seem like holding your baby on your chest, tucked into your shirt, with tubes and wires attached to her, and machines beeping like crazy, was natural.
This was one of the best days in the month since Joy’s birth. She is just over a month old and I got to hold her for the first time. It was short, but amazing.
When we look at Joy’s preemie hands, we remark about how much they’ve grown. Yet . . . they’re still so very tiny.