Tuesday, June 7, 2011

3 Weeks Old!

Harper is 3 weeks old today and is doing fantastic!!

Just wanted to give you a rundown of what we have been through the last 3 weeks.

Week 1:
When she was born she was on the ventilator, she cried out 3 times when she was born but just needed some help breathing. I called in the middle of the night after she was born to check on her and her nurse told me she had just taken her off the vent and she was on C-Pap and breathing 21% (we breath 20%). Her doctor was blown away that she was off the vent so fast.
I saw her for the first time on Wednesday night and that was probably the hardest thing I've ever had to do. Looking at her with all these wires and tubes and really seeing how tiny she was took a toll on my emotions. I knew she was in the right place and they were providing the best care for her possible! But our little girl is a fight and was only on the C-Pap for a day!!
After the C-Pap, Little Miss was on the Nasal Cannual only needing 5% oxygen! Again, she was amazing her doctors and they took her off the Nasal Cannual at her 1 week birthday! They also turned off the Phototherapy light because her Jaundice had been cleared. We were finally getting to see her beautiful eyes!
We got to hold her for the first time just a few days after she was born. We had to wait for her arterial line to be removed before we do what they call Kangaroo time. Kangaroo time is where she is skin to skin with us and we wrap her in warm blankets to keep her body temp up but she also gets that one on one connection and time with us. This is our favorite time of the day! We love snuggling with her!!

Week 2:

Harper had her feedings increased almost every day during week two! We had a few days where she wasn't pooping but she made up for that right before her 2 week birthday! She had a BLOW OUT diaper every single diaper change!! Michael and I were beyond excited about that but also felt bad for the nurse! :) Who knew that our lives would revolve around praying for poop! The day before her 2 week birthday they took her PICC line out. She was getting all of her nutrients from my milk and wasn't in need of the IV fluids so they stopped that and removed her PICC line. During this week she also gained the majority of her weight!
Week 3:

I called to check on her this morning and Dr. Anderson came in to check on her and he upped her feeding to 29 mL (30 mL is 1 ounce!!). Our baby girl is weighing in at 3 pounds and blowing the minds of her Doctor and Nurses. She has done nothing but improve every day and we are so proud of her!! I can't believe she is almost a month old!

Hopefully we will get to start trying to nurse and bottle feed this week! Stay tuned to how that turns out! :)

We still want to thank everyone for their continued prayers and support!


  1. As my Momma always taught me..."God is in the business of Miracle-Making!!* And...boy, what a MIRACLE!!!!

  2. Hi sweet Heather, I found your blog through Kelly's Korner blog. I am a NICU momma. I have a 3 year little boy, birthday on May 18 :), who was born at 33 weeks; and my yyoungest little guy who is now 15 weeks old who was born at 29 weeks. I have much to relate to you. I am so sorry you'remgoing through this journey. But I am thrilled to read how incredibly well sweet Harper is doing. Praise God!! I look forward to reading more and more great news for her. This may seem odd so no pressure, but if you have any questions or concerns or anything please feel free to email me : dayshab@cox.net
    I am praying.

  3. Found your blog from Kelly's Korner -- I am the mom to a 29 weaker who is now almost 5 years old. She has thrived and done so well and she has no signs of her prematurity.

    I wish this for your little girl as well!!


  4. Hi Heather~

    On May 4 I gave birth to 29 and 6 day old twins. We are currently still in the NICU and I know exactly what you are going through. Everyone said that the NICU is a roller coaster of emotions and it sure is. Ask a lot of questions and talk to people about what you are going through. If you ever need any advice feel free to email me. abowers98@sbcglobal.net. You can follow our journey at www.thewilkersonway.blogspot.com

  5. Found your blog through Kelly's Korner -- I had to come over to read, because last April we had a baby girl born at 27 weeks! I couldn't help but cry when I read how sweet Harper was so successful with her oxygen! That is SUCH a blessing! My June was on a vent for almost a month, and even then it took several times to get her off of it. That is such a miracle! If you ever have any questions about the NICU life, feel free to ask me -- we were there for almost three months. I will be praying for Harper!

  6. Found you through Kelly's Korner - what a beautiful girl you have. I will be praying for you all.


  7. Hi, just stopping by from Kelly's Korner and wanted to encourage you. I am an "old-NICU" mom; my daughter was born at 29 weeks and is now an amazing eleven year old young lady. I would love to email you a picture of her so you can see one of God's miracles with an ex-preemie. Your Harper is just beautiful and it is my honor to pray for all of your family.