This past weekend we traveled to Fort Worth for our first NICU reunion. We had no idea what to expect, but I am so glad we made the trip! We got to see the shock on her doctors and nurses faces as they saw how much Ahava has grown! I think Bryan did a good job at catching the two doctor's faces in the photos below. It is a time where all the babies who were in the NICU come back and show off what the Lord has done!!!! A week before this event, Ahava got really sick. She was vomiting, diarrhea, fever and would not eat for about 4 days. It came very close to having to go to the hospital for fluids, but the Lord gave me wisdom and began healing her about 4 days into it. Bryan and I had to rent a wet-vac to clean up her room...yes...that's how much vomit there was. She also lost a lot of weight and for a preemie who doesn't have much to spare, it was a little devastating to me. But, something happened after she started feeling better...she began eating and eating and eating! She even started liking and gobbling up baby food, yogurt, watermelon, oranges, and tasting all sorts of other flavors with excitment!!! This is what we have been praying for for so long and all I could do what Thank Jesus for giving me Peace during the trial and then showing me that He was working it all for the good somehow. Ahava is over 14 lbs and I am not sure how much. She may even be 15 lbs now, but I have decided to veto my scale and stop allowing that to feed into any anxiety. The Lord will show me when and if I need to be concerned and I trust Him more than a scale. Ahava is pushing up on her knees a little when she is on her tummy! She also can go from sitting to on her tummy, but she has not figured out how to get her leg momentum to flip from her back to her tummy without help. We are convinced she will just skip some of that and start crawling and walking! In therapy she is learning to take things out of containers and then put them back in as well as get her pincher's working to pick things up. We are still waiting for her tooth!!! Where can it be? She is super verbal, very loving and happy, and has a sweet spirit about her. We are so blessed!
|Auntie Vicki and me!|
|On our way to the reunion. The theme was Princesses and Pirates.|
|This is Dr. Lynch. I could not get over how this picture captured|
her amazement at how big and healthy Ahava is!!!
|Posing with Dr. Lynch. She was one of the two doctors |
who worked together to save Ahava's life. Dr. Barber rotated to
Cook's and Dr. Lynch took the lead with Ahava during those times.
|Here is Dr. Barber's amazed face as soon as he saw Ahava!|
He was her initial doctor and truly gave his all to save her. He had
to rotate to Cook's and was allowed to keep one patient and
check on them and he kept Ahava. It touched out hearts deeply.
|Dr. Barber and Ahava!|
|Here are some of our NICU families and friends. (Left to Right)|
Christopher, Ahava, and Jeremiah.
|Jeremiah and Ahava!|
|Liam and Ahava!|
|Makena, Ahava, Isha and Abby.|
|This is one of our favorite nurses, Kim, who cared for Ahava when|
she was first born and was her main caretaker.
|I had so much fun showing off what God did!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!|