Remember the pen picture? You know, the one where Pierce was almost the size of a ballpoint pen? In case you don't, or missed it, here it is:
Well, in the past 11.5 weeks, our little guy sure has grown. Take a look at him next to the same pen now!
Tonight Pierce weighed in at...drum roll please... a whopping 5lbs 1oz! Here is our proof:
We had a pretty good feeling he'd break the 5lb mark tonight, so we had the camera rolling. Enjoy!
Pierce is doing so well. He is up to 4 bottles a day (he takes a bottle every other feeding). He looks and acts like a healthy, full term baby (minus the occasional brady and desat every now and then). Nik and I have been so thankful to the Lord for this miraculous turn of events.
Early in Pierce's life, Nik posted something that I continue to be reminded of almost everyday. He said, "Please pray. Jesus can sustain him and know that if Pierce lives it is because the Lord has rescued him. Know this, that we are going to praise God in Christ regardless of the outcome. If Pierce lives, he is the Lord's. If he dies, he will be with the Lord. DO NOT give up praying for Pierce! God is able to sustain him." This was written on the 4th day of Pierce's life, the morning we were called in to hold him because we were told he would not make it much longer. I remember the doctor telling us that anything past that point would be a miracle. We prayed and pleaded. You prayed alongside of us. And we felt everyone's love and support. We knew that God would be glorified either way, but we never stopped praying for healing. I don't ever want to forget that place we were in- so broken, humble, totally dependent on God. So tonight, as I tucked Pierce in for the night, I thanked God. I thanked him for granting us the opportunity to witness His power and might through someone so tiny. I thanked him for rescue Pierce from what was declared as "certain and imminent death." And I thanked God for how he has used Pierce to impact so many of you. Isn't it crazy how God takes something so small, so fragile and raises it up to glorify Himself?
Please take a moment to rejoice with us in God's goodness tonight.
PS- Pierce has another brain scan tomorrow. Please pray that it shows that the ventricles are continuing to grow smaller. Also, another ROP eye exam will be done on Wednesday.