Tuesday, May 11, 2010

860 grams

gavin weighs 1.89597545 pounds today - at least that's what google told me when i converted how many grams he is today. i guess gavin decided to extubate himself last night. apparently this is not much of a shock as these little guys begin to get older and more aware of their surroundings. the neonatologist was right there to re-intubate him and all is good. gavin continues to remain stable on his current settings on the coventional ventilator and that is good as we really need him to grow! they have continued to increase his feeds each day and he is now getting 15.5 ml's of fortified breast milk which is awesome! if you remember back from many posts ago, he was getting 3ml's or so every 3 hours. tolerating feeds in the NICU is one of the biggest hurdles and so far, God's blessings, gavin has continued to increase on his feeds. he is almost up to full feeds and will probably be there tonight or tomorrow.
there are only 7 babies in the NICU right now as a lot of gavin's mates have gone home. he still has a couple of friends who are in there with him that will be there for some time, but gavin still remains the smallest and most critical baby in the NICU. but....he is coming along! it's important for us to remember that God delivers in His own unique way in His own timing. my little finite brain continues to think that i know what the best plan of attack should be but i seem to get over ridden quite a bit! at the end of the day it continues to come back to trusting. we trust that God has a plan and will continue to allow it to be revealed in His timing.
nevertheless we continue to petition for our prayer requests and for what we as well as the doctors want to see for him! 
our request for today is that you would continue to pray for protection over gavin's body and organs. please continue to pray for the right nurses to be with him and that they would be alert and attentive to his needs. the NICU, just like any other business, tends to relax when things slow down. it's such a crazy phenomenon but i see it happen in business all the time and it's not something we want to experience in the nicu. we don't want the nurses to relax when paying attention to gavin as his signs are so important for his life right now.  please pray for his GROWTH!! he will be coming off of his steroid either today or tomorrow and it is so important for him to be able to maintain and to sustain and the more he grows, the bigger and stronger he becomes. it isn't good for babies to remain on the ventilators for long periods of time, but for now he is ok. however, please pray that his lungs would continue to improve and strengthen so we can get him back to c pap and then eventually even lower support than that.
i try to be as specific as i can for you all so that you know what to pray for and what is going on exactly. this is no time to be vague!
finally, thank you to all of you who have continued to support gavin and both tracee and me! the bracelets have been a huge success to help remind people to think of and pray for gavin. the benefit account is up and running and we thank you for donating and helping as you feel called! we could not do this without you all - nor would we want to!
i continue to be humbled when i see so many people join forces and come together for something such as this. thank you for caring so much for us and for gavin's life. he is a beatiful little boy and i can't wait for you all to be able to see more of that and partake in that a little bit more. in the meantime, you know how you can help us!! PRAY! PRAY! PRAY!
"delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4



  1. Such an inspiration! I think I will have one of those bracelets. :-)

  2. I have been following your blog for a couple weeks now thanks to a mutual friend, Becca Holt. Your little man is so precious and such a blessing from God. I pray for your family every day and pray that little Gavin gets stronger everyday. From just reading about your family, you truley are strong and God will get you through this tough times. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. I totally forgot to get one! But I will be hitting up your mom for a couple soon! Thank you for the update! Love you and kisses to that cutie pie!

  4. Destiny, let me know when you do so I can get a couple as well please!