Saturday, April 3, 2010

the NICU

jeramy here. a couple of days ago we had a chance to visit the NICU and meet and greet the team and get a tour of what's to come. one of the neonatologists was there to greet us along with one of the NICU's chief nurses. the neonatologist that met us had also done our neonatal consultation on tuesday and gave us a pretty good idea of what to expect for babies born at 26 weeks. things like their sucking reflexes haven't really kicked in yet and the front of their eyes are there but the nerves that reach out to attach to the retina have yet to do so and that will still take some time.
the NICU is broken into 5 different pods and there are 4 beds to a pod. they walked us down to the first pod to give us a glimpse of what the "bigger" babies look like. these babies are about 4-5 pounds or so. as you move further down the line, the babies get smaller and smaller. God becomes even more real in that moment as you comprehend how He cares for the little ones as the Scriptures describe.
we felt very confident in the NICU and know that gavin will get excellent care. there are so many people in there and they all have a specific job. these guys know what they are doing. the neonatologist loves his job and didn't skip a beat when explaining things which made tracee and i extremely confident. i might have mentioned this before but gavin's "go home" date will be based off of his original due date which is july 6th. so you all can do the math but we are looking at about a 3 month stay in the NICU for gavin. can this really be happening? i say that because when we stop and really think about it, it seems so surreal as if it isn't really happening to us.
we keep praying towards april 13th (28 weeks) and that he would put on some more weight between now and then. we covet all of your continued prayers and "we wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. in Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name." Psalm 33:20-21.

please continue to read the blog and pass it along to others. while we love to get visitors we need to limit visit times to about 20-25 minutes and please no medical questions about what is going on as we will do our best to provide all of that information here. that way you guys can bring as much normalcy inside this hospital room as possible. we love you and thank you.



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  2. Mike and I praise our sovereign Lord for the strength and peace that He gives each of us. Jeramy, thank you so much for loving our daughter with such gentleness. You are already parenting little Gavin with a spiritual maturity that just blesses our hearts.
    We love the three of you so much!
    Mom Nikolin

  3. Hi guys! You are in a great place! I was there the other night for a Moms of Multiples meeting and that place is fantastic! I've got people praying left and right in the east valley. Take care!

  4. All of you have been in my thoughts and prayers every day since I have known of your situation. Praise the Lord for all He is doing and will continue to do for all of you, including the doctors and staff. Gavin, precious baby, I can't wait to meet you. Jeramy, you are doing a wonderful job with the postings. I can't wait to meet you, too. My love and prayers are with you, Carol Sakala

  5. Jeramy, you are doing such an amazing job of taking protective and and loving care of your family! Tracee (Mrs. Williams!) is a real treasure. She is such good hands. I pray my visit didn't add any stress.

    Would love to make a meal for you guys. When you get a chance, if you could post a contact name and email address?

    In Judaism, we say Tehillim for the sick. I am saying them for Tracee and your son.

    Raquel Schnitzer and Asher!

  6. I wait anxiously for your post everyday. I think of the three of you all day long. Your words touch me so deeply and make me thankful that you have been a part of my world even though of late it has been from afar. To say this situation has put me back in touch with my spiritual side is an understatement. I continue to pray that soon I will meet Gavin and tell him how I had a small hand in his parents beautiful relationship!! I voted for Tracee from the day I met her! I knew she would appreciate what a great guy you are J!! I have added your mom to my prayers and hope that she is doing better.

    Love you guys

    Michelle Medina