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Monday, May 7, 2012

Welcome Peanut!

One week ago we welcomed a new member to our family.  Brad's sister had her baby girl, Gabriella (Gabby) a.k.a. Peanut! She was born last Monday evening and she is precious, everyone is in love and she's already wrapped around all our fingers.

When they brought her into the room after they cleaned her up and showed her to her mommy, I looked at her and said "oh my gosh she's just a little peanut!"  And the "name" has stuck, now almost everyone calls her Peanut. :)

Peanut was diagnosed with some problems during a level two ultrasound a few months ago.  She has a cleft lip and palate, and a heart defect.  So we knew when she was born she was going to face some challenges and let me tell you, she is a rock star! She is fighting so hard and doing so well.  We are all so proud of her, and of her mom and dad for being so strong through all of this.

Peanut was in the level two nursery and is now in the NICU.  She has some obstacles to overcome but as I said, she's doing great! She was 3 lbs 14 oz when she was born, only a few weeks early.  She had some trouble with her vocal cord area but had a procedure to correct that and is now able to eat a lot more and is gaining weight like crazy! Last I heard she was up to 4 lbs 5 oz.  When she hits 5 lbs she can go home, but she'll need to come back here and there for follow up procedures.

Fortunately all her challenges are correctable and the little peanut will not remember one bit of it when she gets older.  I love going to see her and see how amazing she is doing.  We've been at the hospital almost every day since she was born to visit with her and her parents.  We just can't get enough of the little bean!

Since this week is nurse's week, maybe we'll do something special to the ladies of the NICU who are taking such great care of her! A big "thank you" to them!

This is just one week before!


 And after... I like the picture of Brad's hand with her because it puts her size into perspective!


8 comments:

  1. What a blessing ><> you all are in our prayers for her to get home healthy.

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  2. Oh my such a tiny person I hope as you said she over comes all her challenges and doesn't remember anything except the stories she will be told as she grows up........

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  3. Congrats! It must be so hard to see a baby so little go through so much... Good thing she won't remember anything... Thinking of you...

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    1. Hilary, thanks so much! It means a lot. It is so hard but she's so strong it makes it a tiny bit easier.

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    1. I know, I miss her too! Haven't seen her since Thursday.

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