We created this blog to help us document the story of Malia starting at 29 weeks in utero. There have been and continue to be struggles for Malia and for us. It is evident to us, as you will see, that the power of prayer is mighty and God does love us and hear our prayers. We welcome and invite you to follow along with us. Though lengthy, start from the bottom to get the entire story so far.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Home at last, but bitter sweet...

I woke up spending the first night in my own bed after 16 days in the hospital. I was completely dependent on Ambien while in the hospital and was so afraid I'd need it at home. I guess the comfort of my own bed and having the closeness of Harley was the only thing I needed. I've slept great ever since (praise God). We started off the day getting ready with the excitement of going to see Malia. We had a great visit with her in the early afternoon and made plans to go back to the hospital that evening with Grandma and Grandpa so Grandpa could meet her for the first time. The lastest update on Malia today was that she weighed 5lbs. 1oz, almost 1 1/2 lbs. down from her birth weight. Estimated (dry) birth weight was 4lbs. 1oz, so she has an extra pound of fluid left to go. It's amazing how differntly she looks now from when she was born, meaning she's a lot less swollen and can see her mouth, nose, eyes, and ears all in porportion with one another. Harley asked the Dr. on a scale from 1-10, 1 being the most crital at birth, where is she now? and the dr. said 5/6. So she's not out of the woods by any means but getting better and stronger each day. It was encouraging to hear but we've been warned that the life of the NICU is like a rollercoaster, she'll have good days and she'll have bad days.

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