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Sunday, January 11, 2009

27 days old...

One of Connor's first smiles! - January 10, 2009

The last few days have been somewhat quiet for our little boy... which is a really good thing! Friday, we were able to be there during his latest surgical consult. His wound dressings were removed, and while it still looks horrific to his parents, Connor's wound has shown some dramatic improvement in healing - his nurses and doctors were very pleased. (They'll change his dressings and consult with the surgeon again tomorrow.)

Seems like his NEC has subsided, and if all remains "quiet" for Connor, they may resume some feedings this next week, and in 4-6 weeks he'll be scheduled for surgery to reconnect his intestines. His need for platelets transfusions also are subsiding... also a good sign that no major infections are still brewing.

On Friday, they noticed some blood in his urine. (Yep, nothing's sacred for this little guy.) After several attempts to collect a sample, they were finally able to determine that he has another UTI. Once again, he's back on antibiotics... a slightly different blend than before. This morning he had an ultrasound to examine his kidneys. The doctor thinks he saw some clouding, which might even indicate kidney stones (like father, like son?). At this point they aren't sure what to tell us, so more tests have been ordered to determine what's going on.

Generally, Connor's still pretty lethargic whenever we're there with him. Until his wound has closed up a bit more, he'll continue to be on morphine. We're not complaining - the most important thing is for him to rest and heal and continue to grow stronger. Every day he does have a few lucid moments while we're visiting, with good eye contact... which brings absolute joy to us as parents!

Connor's first teddy bear... about 3" tall - January 8, 2009

Connor's "nearly 3 pounds" milestone - January 9, 2009

Little splinted arm to hold his latest IV in place - January 10, 2009

Holding Daddy's finger - January 10, 2009

Starting to "fill out" a bit - January 11, 2009

Holding Mommy's hand - January 11, 2009

Just 27 days old, and he already has more hair than Daddy! - January 11, 2009

Meanwhile, it's a winter wonderland here in Chicago... we're not even speaking out loud about how Thursday's high is only supposed to be 6 degrees, and now they're reporting a low soon of 10 below. With such balmy weather conditions, I don't think that my mom's going to leave the house for the rest of the week. What a sacrifice she's making by giving up her Phoenix winter this year to be here with us!

Finally, for your viewing pleasure, a quick video of some of Connor's first smiles! Please don't judge the shaky camera handling, poor editing, or cheesy music choice (I promise it's better than hearing Brian and I cooing at him).

Dang, this kid is adorable!


Anonymous said...

The picture of Connor holding your hand amazing! He is tough! Love the video! Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you.


Nate and Kelly said...

I'm so happy you found some time to post an update. It was wonderful to see the video-- he's adorable in every way. Big hugs from me.

Emily said...

He's a cutie. Glad to know it was a quiet week. We think of you all often and wish you the best.

Uncle Erik and Aunt Emily

veronica said...

So glad you had a good week. What a beautiful video. He's precious!

Anonymous said...

Good to hear, and see. And, the music for the great video was maudlin, not cheesy ;-), dad

Jiles Pfamily said...

He is so cute! I am glad you posted all the pictures. I love his hair. The video was so sweet and I agree not cheesy at all.

Christy said...


kami @ nobiggie.net said...

I love that song...and with him smiling, made me cry. I hope you guys are hanging in there. He is precious.

ps. You are so lucky he is your first and you can focus on him. That is how I felt with Avery.

Adam & Kristen Birkmeyer said...

I love all his hair!! And what a sweet video...I even shed a tear or two. Thanks for the update! Hope you are hanging in there OK. I'm sure it's wonderful having your Mom there with you. Connor is so impressive with his fighting skills!

Tiffany said...

What a beautiful baby! Good thoughts and wishes for all of you.

Sarah said...

Coming from Kami's: Your little one is beautiful and you will all be in my thoughts and prayers everyday!

Debbie said...

Darling little boy. Our prayers are with you. They just do amazing things for preemies now. Best wishes, Kami's Mom

Susan said...

I popped over after visiting Kami's blog and just wanted to let you know that we will keep you in our prayers! Your little boy is darling and is obviously a fighter. May God continue to bless you!

Bethany said...

what a beautiful baby boy, and what a beautiful and inspirational blog! i am so touched by your example, thank you for sharing.

Suzie said...

He is beautiful! Came over from Kami's blog and wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts and sweet Connor is in my prayers.
He's a champ! Can't wait to see more of his story.

KFerrara said...

Congratulations on a beautiful baby boy! I am a friend of Kami's and actually met her through our experience with our daughters in the NICU. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your little boy Connor.
If you need anything - don't hesitate to email me

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

What a sweet little baby! I found you through No Biggie's site. Just wanted to let you know that I will be praying for your family.

My daughter was a premie and my sister's last baby was born at 30 weeks and a little under 3 pounds.



jon and kir said...

He is so cute!! I had twins that were preemies! They are thriving and happy 5 year olds now!! Babies, esp. preemies are fighters- Our prayers are with you!!! I saw Kami's post-she is great and can relate!!

J Glazier said...

Kami's my neighbor and we love her blog. I can't beleive how tiny her Avery was and then to see her now! Wishing you the best for a happy healthy baby to hold soon!

tiburon said...

Those pics just fill my heart.

Thanks so much for sharing them. It is good to see that Connor is a fighter.

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