Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Ahava Update and Photos

Ahava is making HUGE progress!  We are so thrilled and impressed with how the Lord is providing and growing His "beloved." 

She is about 4 months adjusted (nearly 8 months!!!) and now 11 lbs 9.6 oz!!!  She is sleeping in her own room!!!! She is eating baby food!!!!!  (bananas and rice cereal!!!).  She rolled over (and not by accident) from her belly to her back at her last Therapy appointment!  The therapists (she has her Physical and Occupational Therapists who combine their sessions) were so very happy with her progress and said there was such a HUGE difference from the week before!  She is bringing her arms in together and even touching, hitting or grabbing at things!!!! God is so Faithful as He leads us in this season and shows me how to help her grow and learn even at home as we practice using different muscles.  Her speech therapist said she is verbally beyond her age!!! We will have no worries about her cognitive understanding and ability to communicate, in fact she is learning how to be VERY verbal and even loud sometimes!!!  (I love it!).  She has been off her oxygen for over 16 DAYS!  We saw the Pulmonologist for the first time since and he was SOOOOOOO impressed!!!!!

Here are a few things she LOVES:

Mirrors: we try to promote tummy time with her mirror and it has helped some, although she is still not fond of it so we have to find ways to be creative while doing tummy time.  A great way I have learned is doing it in the bath tub with her and putting toys around the rim while I lay her on my chest, it is also a good Kangaroo time as well!.

Gracey:  She has discovered her dog and it is sooooo cute to watch them interact and not just survive with each other around.  The other day she watched Gracey walk over to her and smiled a HUGE smile!  She looks at her all the time and of course Gracey sneaks some wet kisses into the picture!!!

Bath time: Bath time!!!  Bath time!!! BATH TIME!!!! This girl is half fish!  For real, she could actually live in the bath tub if we let her.  We have the cutest little tub that we used at first (and will TOTALLY come in handy in the future),  but we switched to taking turns getting in the bath with her (Bryan wears his bathing suit of course), and playing with her water squirt toys.  She hears the water and starts to get so excited and squirms and shakes her legs and hands.  After that I give her a massage and wrap her up and cuddle until she goes to bed.  It has been a sweet routine.

Praise Baby:  A lot of people may have strong feelings about this, but I have come to terms with trying to get Ahava and ME sanely through the day and sometimes that involved her watching Praise Baby (a Christian version of Baby Einstein.)

Faces:  She is BEYOND excited about faces!  She will reach towards your face and even play with you.  It is so cute.  She also loves her own face!  I had a very hard time letting her stick her hands in her mouth, especially because it sometimes causes her to gag and vomit, but the Therapist told us we have to let her do this for her development and so I have relaxed and let her explore (and yes even gag and throw up).  But it has taught her and helped her gag reflex!

Her Auntie Vicki!  We travel a lot to Forth Worth to see her specialist doctors (she has 3 right now that see her often) and we have always been received with open arms by Bryan's Aunt and Uncle.  They have surrounded us with the Love of the Lord in so many amazing ways this summer (by letting us stay with them and even Gracey) and have continued to open their hearts to us as we travel back and forth.  She loves her Auntie Vicki so much and has such a special relationship with her.

She also loves car rides, people (we don't go a lot of places because of our seclusion, so when we are around people, she is fascinated!), music and worship, and being in your arms...or yeah can't forget...her PACIFIER.

Eating is still somewhat of a challenge, but things are actually improving!  We will go see the Gastrointestional doctor in 2 weeks and trust that he will be able to help Ahava's reflux get under control and adjust her calories or her fortifier so that she will be able to digest it better.  Her main doctor increased her reflux medicine for the time being and it has been a night and day difference!  She is eating more and even keeping down more food!  So we are pleased with the progress she is making.  I know that she is healthy and she is growing and I have to keep in mind that THIS is the Truth even when we have bad days or I begin to fear.  I have had some amazing support lately getting through this challenge and have been releasing this issue to the Lord every day.

(As you may have noticed, we have been calling her Ahava lately instead of Micah.  Ahava was given to her by a VERY dear friend during our pregnancy.  The name is Hebrew and means "Beloved" or "my Love."  As we have entered into this new season of our journey, it just feels more fitting to call her this, although we do still call her Micah sometimes as well. So if you have been calling her Micah, you are welcome to continue to do so, or you may start calling her Ahava!)


BK said...

I love you SOOOOO much!

BK said...

I love you SOOOO much!