5.08.2011

Our first good Saturday in 4 weeks! Hallelujah.

We just got in from visiting Pierce tonight. Little man is doing MUCH better. Thank you so much for your prayers. He has had a pretty good day today, with his vitals and lab working looking lots better. This is an excellent sign. They were unable to do the spinal tap today as Pierce was not really tolerating the position. They will give it another go at some point tomorrow.

When we went in tonight, his nurse, Ashlie had an early Mother's Day surprise for me... she let me hold Pierce tonight!!! It was our first attempt at kangaroo care, a form of holding where they literally place the baby down in your shirt to allow for some skin to skin contact. I was so excited to be able to finally hold Pierce and snuggle on him. Although I'd be lying if I didn't also say that I was scared out of my mind. He is so fragile, so tiny and so complicated (there is a sea of wires that accompanies him anywhere he goes). But as soon as he was on my chest, I was in heaven. And apparently so was Pierce. He squirmed right in and his vitals were so good that his nurse had to continually wean his ventilator. I held him for what seemed like 10 minutes, but in reality it was more like an hour and 15 minutes. It was so amazing to hold/rock him and feel like I was doing something for him that only a mother can do. To do something that is seemingly normal, was a wonderful change from the chaos that has surrounded our first weeks with him.

We wanted to share with you guys some pictures from tonight:






So as I get ready for bed, I go to sleep with a joyful heart...praising God for the amazing opportunity to hold my son. Praising God for the many miracles He has performed in his life thus for. And trusting in Him for our future.

Much love,
Lindsay

16 comments:

  1. Lindsey, I am so in awe of how God has (and will continue to) answer the prayers for your precious little boy. As I looked at these pictures, I so remember that precious little girl in K-4. You have matured into such a Godly woman. I am thrilled that you got to hold Pierce tonight. What a wonderful Mother's Day present. Prayers continue to be lifted up every day for you, Nik and especially Pierce.

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  2. Happy Mothers Day to my sweet daughter! What a delight and blessing to see you holding your precious baby all nestled into you.
    James 1:17 "Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father above"
    All my love,
    Mom

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  3. Praise God!

    When I saw the pictures I started crying. My heart just burst with joy to see your baby caressed against your body where you both long for him to be.

    I hope in the near future there will be hours and hours of skin-to-skin for you and Nik to share with Pierce. Nothing "works" better, because "kangaroo care" really is God's design for (even full-term) newborns!

    Loving this post and keeping you in prayer.

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  4. Happy Mother's Day! We have been praying for your family!

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  5. What a wonderful gift to be able to hold Pierce like that. He looks so sweet and comfortable snuggled up against your skin. This little guy has experienced so many miracles already. Praying for his healing and strength and for your joy to be complete! Happy Mother's Day!

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  6. HAPPY MOTHERS DAY LINDSAY!!! I was more happy to read your blog than anything this morning!! i am so very glad that you were able to hold pierce!!! :) Continuing to pray for all 3 of you! :)
    lots of love
    Jen, Vern, Isabella, & Lil Verno!

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  7. What an amazing blessing to watch this miracle continue to unfold. Tears ran down my face as I looked at each picture. Thank you, Lindsay, Nik and Pierce for sharing your journey with us.

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  8. Oh Lindsay! I'm so glad that you were able to snuggle P for early Mother's Day! I will see yall soon!

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  9. Happy Mother's Day ! This post made me cry. It brought back memoires of when I kangarooed my sweet Naomi Hope. They are very precious and I wish I kangarooed her more often. I only got to once because she was very ill towards the end. I did hold her a couple of times, I wish I did more as well. When and if you can, PUSH for those kangaroo times and hold Pierce as much as possible. Bless you & I have been praying for your family.

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  10. Wonderful news and images. Thank the Lord and happy mother's day!!

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  11. What a wonderful Mother's day gift! We are continuing to pray for your sweet little guy's continued healing. God is good!

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  12. Praise the Lord! How amazing, Lindsay! I am overjoyed for you. May God continue to steadily heal Pierce, so that you may hold him more often. I can only imagine how incredible that must have felt for you. I am still praying, and still thinking of you all often. Happy Mother's Day!

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  13. Hey Lindsey,
    I have been following your journey on your blog. Everyday I am inspired by your faith and strength. I am so glad you got to hold your little man on Mother's Day. You and your family are in my prayers and I love seeing the pictures you post.

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  14. You don't know us, we go to church with the Joines and the Ashbaughs - Kathy & Patrick Larson - but we've been praying for you and rejoicing with you and being amazed with you this whole time. Every night when we're putting our almost 3 year old son (Caleb) to bed, he says, "Don't forget to pray for Baby Pierce." I haven't written anything before now, but I just wanted to let you know that when I read this entry I cried. Like REALLY cried... even more than the others. Skin-on-skin is one of the most beautiful experiences a mom has with her newborn, so powerful... and I am just so thankful for you and Pierce that you were able to have that. God truly is amazing and you (all 3) are amazing, and such a testament to His love, His power, and what it means to trust in Him. God bless. - Kathy

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  15. Jane Williams WattsMay 11, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    I started crying as soon as I saw you holding him! What a WONDERFUL Mother's Day present. The BEST you will EVER get! We have our entire church praying for your little family! God Bless!

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