Weight: 4lbs 4.8oz
Length: a smidge over 15 inches
We are 73 days into this journey. 73 LONG days. And yet, with each day that passes, we are one more day closer to bringing our son home with us. Tonight, as we held Pierce, Nik and I thanked God for his life. We thanked Him for how He has used Pierce's life to touch the lives of so many. It truly is amazing how far Pierce has come. In fact, the staff is baffled at how well Pierce is doing. The other day, our nurse told us that she didn't believe them when they said he was a 10 week old 23-weeker. She said she's never seen a baby born that early do as well as Pierce is doing at this stage in the game. Many are quick to say things like, "He's a fighter," or "He's so strong," but we know this healing is of God. God has answered so many of our prayers affirmatively and for that we are so thankful.
I mentioned this earlier today, but we learned this morning that the neurosurgeon is now saying that Pierce may be able to avoid having a permanent shunt placed! This is great news because we all thought that he would most likely need one soon.
I know we have posted specific prayers all along on this blog and I'd like to quickly share with you my reasoning. One of the things God has taught us, through this difficult time, is that it is perfectly ok to pray specifically. It doesn't threaten Him one bit to go before Him and pray for Him to give you something. Throughout these past 10 weeks, we have begged and pleaded with God for many specific things. And while He has said "wait" and "no" to a few, He has said "yes" to many. John Calvin once said that when we pray specifically, we pray with a heart that is willing to accept God's will even if it does not align with ours (paraphrase). But praying God's will be done, does not mean that we cease to ask our Heavenly Father for something we want.
And so tonight I ask you to join us in praying for these specifics: It is our prayer that Pierce will be able to avoid any more surgeries (no shunt, laser eye surgery or hernia repair), that he will be able to come off oxygen before he leaves the hospital (they're planning on trying him off of it in a week or two) and that he will leave the hospital before his due date. And above all, we pray that God will glorify Himself through our situation and in the life of Pierce.
Special thanks to Liz for the handmade hat and outfit
An awesome comic book quilt (Superman) made by our dear friend, Sarah
PS- Nursery painting will be underway tomorrow! Time to get things ready before Pierce comes home.