Kyle's NICU Story in Pictures

Sunday, November 18, 2007

A very big day indeed...

We are on the eve of Kyle being officially a month old! Tomorrow at 10:01 am, Kyle has been here for 1 month!
I am amazed by him. He has grown!... ok, not much, but he has grown. I can tell he is growing a little more each day.
Today was a very big day, indeed.

Today, Jadon and Jack got to come see the hospital where mom and dad spend a lot of time.
We wanted the day to be perfect, so we started it in usual very hectic fashion, trying to get Jadon and Jack ready amongst Kelly and me trying to do the same. For some reason, getting ready for the day at the sherrill house is no real easy thing to accomplish,... but, we finally made it. At that point, it was off for some much needed family fun. We headed toward the cinema to take jadon and jack to see the new "bee movie"... That was a lot of fun. Then, it was off to toys r us to hang out and do a little advance christmas looking,... Jadon managed to thoughtfully contemplate all the things that he saw, some ranging from, "I want this right now, to I want you to get this for me for christmas, to maybe my next birthday I can have this; to... this just cost too much money." He is so funny sometimes the things he comes up with. He did talk me into a Go Diego Go toy that he has been bugging me about for some time, ... I figured that he deserved a little splurge on him, so I caved....... I know right,...? What great parenting the month before christmas.... Then, it was off to the house so jack could nap before the big meeting. Kelly and I headed downtown to get to the hospital in advance and make sure all was well. Kyle was having a great day. One of his new favorite people, Valerie was his nurse this afternoon. His saturation was looking a little better today. There have been no big changes to speak of in his condition for the last few days. He has had two cultures come back negative for infection, so we are praying for one more, maybe two more... this would allow for them to put the central line back in. That would be a good thing. It wasn't long until Brandi and Steven showed up. Brandi is Kyle's primary - primary nurse. Steven is her husband. They are some cool peeps to go see the Texans win the game, and then get up to the hospital as quick as possible to meet Kyle's big brothers! Jadon and Jack showed up soon after. Jack got to hang out and play a little wiht Carol, Nonna, Aunt Stacy, Zack, Sarah, and Jacob. Nonna and Stacy had bought them some cars,... so they had a pre-christmas today... haha... Jadon, Kelly and I headed into a play time session with Child Life. Child LIfe is a group of people who help younger siblings understand what is going on with new brothers/sisters. They brought out a doll that was about Kyle's size. Jadon assured them that he didn't play with dolls, but never the less, when they started breaking out tubes and such, Jadon was all over wanting to learn about what all hardware Kyle had going on. They introduced Jadon to all the tubes and wires and instruments Kyle had helping him before taking him in to see kyle for the first time. It was very touching to watch Jadon throughout this process, as well as the first time he saw Kyle in person. He was so happy to finally, after nearly a month, come see his little brother. Something must have immediately snapped with in him, because almost like instinct took over, Jadon went into big brother mode. He didn't really want to leave, and wanted to know if Kyle
was coming home soon, and because he wasn't coming home today, would he still be in our family?!??!! He was very emphatic about this! We assured him that Kyle was very much a part of our family, and that he would hopefully come home very soon.
We took some pics,... video,... hung out a little, then prayed over baby brother Kyle together. It was an amazing time. Poor Jack couldn't go in... he is too young, but remember, he got some great play time in the lobby. Jack loves to play. I am sure all of Children's Memorial Hermann loved that... haha... (jack knows one speed, and one volume... fast and loud)... : )
We then all headed down to the cafeteria to allow Jadon and Jack to experience the wonder known as hospital food. Yay for us. We had a great time though hanging out and talking and eating dinner together. After that, it was time for Jadon and Jack to be taken home for bed. Miss Carol and Zack took them home, ... and we went back upstairs to check on Kyle and talk with Misty (his primary primary night nurse)... she is too much fun, along with all in Giraffe A pod... HEY AMY, AMANDA and ERICA! (Amy is also one of Kyle's primary nurses, and we are working on Amanda for when she goes to days. : )
Misty quickly asked Kelly if she wanted to Kangaroo care tonight (hold kyle)! Ofcourse, what mommy would say no to that?? So, our quick trip back up turned into a couple more great hours of hanging out with Kyle ( and the fun team from giraffe pod!) Misty is threatening me that next friday night is my night to hold Kyle. We'll see about that. : )
What a great day.... a really great day... and a very big day, indeed.

Please continue to pray for Kyle. I know we say it a lot,.... but we mean it a lot too!
Pray for all these nurses and doctors. They are being the eyes and hands of Jesus to our little guy!
Pray for Kyle's complete healing and wholeness. God has a plan. We are part of it. So are you!

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Anonymous said...

Oh my, you guys did have a very busy day...and awww Jadon got to meet baby Kyle sweet is that? I am so happy to hear of all his good news and how well today went...PRAISE GOD, THANK YOU JESUS....

FATHER GOD, Thank you for all you are doing for this little guy...I know you have some very special plans in store for him and for his family...Lord, please continue to breath your holy breath into Kyle's little lungs and grow and heal them...Please keep your healing hands around his entire body...I know you are holding that sweet angel in your hands, healing him with your love and care...
Thank you so much for the Sherrill family having a wonderful day and for two more negative test results...Thank you God for preparing baby Kyle for his new pic line so he wont have to be poked any more and for no more infection to enter into his tiny little body...Thank you Father for healing his heart and closing the little hole that is causing so much trouble...
Father just Thank you for complete healing and growing in every area he needs you to heal...
I pray all these things in the name of my Precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ...

Love to all,
LeAnn Smith

Brad & Carrie said...

What a great day! His skin is really looking great. We are still hoping with you all.

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a great day the Lord allowed you ALL to have! After reading your posts Sunday morning, I came across this scripture and thought of you all. "Oh Lord, I have so many enemies; so many are against me. So many are saying, "God will never rescue him." But you, O Lord are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts my head high. I cried out to the Lord and He answered me from his holy mountain. I lay down in safety, for the Lord is watching over me. I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side...." Psalm 3:1-7

May the Lord give you peace and may you KNOW that the Lord is watching over you and watching over Kyle.

You two are doing an amazing job through all this. I am certain you couldn't do it without God. Your faith continues to amaze me.

I praise God for the wonderful healing that is taking place and thank Him for the continued healing! PRAISE GOD THAT KYLE IS ONE MONTH OLD!! That is such a blessing in itself!

Happy birthday to Kyle. I hope that everyone in the Sherrill family has a great day. THanks for sharing the photos. What a precious family you have!

Still praying, still believing and still EXPECTING healing!
Candy Humber

Tabaitha, Adam, & Mason said...

What a great day the Lord blessed you with. You could have all of your kids under one roof and love on all of them. What a blessing!

Kim McDonald said...

Praise you Father for your miracles in Kyle. May we give You the glory and honor for all that you are doing and will continue to do with him.

John and Kelly,
What a journey!! Happy 1 month birthday. I know you are rejoicing and I am with you as well.

Faithfully praying,

Gail Aleander said...

John, this is THE COOLEST thing you've written here! I am so glad Jadon got to meet Kyle finally. I don't know you (except through Jeff and Karol Ann), but I feel like you're part of my family - and I know we are. God bless you and yours. You have much to be thankful for!
Gail Alexander

Lori Proctor said...

How sweet! Seeing the pics speak a thousand words. Reading the post on how Jadon and Jack were able to go to the hospital and seeing the pics brought me to tears. Happy tears, but tears! What a blessing to be able to introduce Big Brother to Kyle. Prayers still going out for Kyle and the whole family!
God Bless you all!

janice mitchell said...

So precious!!! Last night I came across this verse and thought of you guys--

"I have been young, and now I am old, (immmediately thought about you, John... jk! :0) yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread. He is ever lending generously, and his children become a blessing."

Psalm 34:25-26

I hope you guys have a wonderful day celebrating Kyle's 1 month birthday! We're praying for you!

Jen Martin said...

Thank you for sharing - this story has made my day! :) What an awesome experience for Jadon. I'm praying for all three boys right now - and you guys too. Love you - miss you - see you soon.

Anonymous said...

oh my word I'm BALLING!! WHAT A PRECIOUS DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

love to all 5 of you -

Ken said...

Thank you Lord for a great day!

He is looking bigger and seeing those eyes!!! Wow!

Jen said...

PRAISE the LORD!!!!!! We are so excited for you guys and will continue to pray for fun posts like this to happen more and more often.

Love you guys.

Sully said...

Wow-- I'm so excited that your son is almost one month old! How awesome is that?

I'm very happy to hear that Jadon got to see his brother. It had to have been comforting to him to know where his parents have been going so much!

You guys are all in my thoughts and prayers daily. I can't wait to see y'all sometime soon :) God is doing supernatural things here, no?

Always with hope!

Sully said...

Wow-- I'm so excited that your son is almost one month old! How awesome is that?

I'm very happy to hear that Jadon got to see his brother. It had to have been comforting to him to know where his parents have been going so much!

You guys are all in my thoughts and prayers daily. I can't wait to see y'all sometime soon :) God is doing supernatural things here, no?

Always with hope!

Cari Brady said...

What a wonderful day ya'll had! The pictures are precious and the story is very touching. It's so AWESOME that Kyle has been here for a WHOLE MONTH!! And what a great way to start Thanksgiving week!

Anonymous said...

I am always left speechless! What an awesome day! We continue to pray for you ALL! I want to thank you for something that seems kind of funny. Thank you for ministering to my family! We have prayed so much for you over the last month that I find that we as a husband and wife are growing closer to our Healing Lord! Thank you for ministering in Your time of need.

Larry and Colleen said...

What a great report! I cried as a looked at Jadon checking on Kyle. Kyle has a wonderful set of brothers!

I am also thankful for the added bonus of the kangaroo time for Kelly!

We are still praying...Larry and Colleen

Anonymous said...

Oh WOW - - I smiled & teared up as I read "A very big day indeed..." I felt like I was reading the best part of a book because I could feel all the different emotions & excitement you were describing. I felt so excited as I read about Jadon seeing Kyle for the first time...and to see the pictures just added to my emotions. I'm so happy & excited for you...YES, one month old... W O W - this is huge. It seems like yesterday that I got Matt's call about this little 1.5 lb baby boy. Oh what a joy to share this incredible journey with you. It is so precious of God to plan this story as perfectly as He has & I will continue to pray for His heart to continue this amazing story to continue ... for years ... I pray I get to see baby Kyle grow up to be the amazing man that the Lord (I believe in my heart) is growing him to be... little by little - day by day. I continue to pray expecting miracles!! Love & prayers to you ~ GranMammy B

L.D. said...

What very special parents you both are. I loved seeing your smiling faces - seeing the love you have and show for your boys - seeing the love they have for you - it all speaks so loudly. Our prayers continue. Thanks for sharing the news of such a happy day. Our love...

Kendra Dalton said...

Father,God Almighty, I lift up Kyle to you. Protect him Lord. As I ask you to protect my own son. Lord, help us, as parents. It's so hard Father. As much as we love our own sons, we know that You love us so much more. Help us God, to have faith in that fact. We love you.

Brandon and Shauna said...

John, Kelly...A word from the Lord for you.

John 9: 1-3..."Now as Jesus passed by he saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him."

Kyle is the work of God. He will be 100% whole, just as this man was. He was created for God's purpose and so that His glory could be revealed to all the world through a small child. He is a work of art, a growing masterpiece that will only get more and more beautiful. There is no fault here, satan will not place blame or guilt...God receives all of the glory...and that is Truth. And the Lord said, Live...Live.

I love you

Anonymous said...


Click below to go to my Personal March of Dimes Page

Our Story

This story begins with 5 people. John, Kelly, Jadon, Jack, and Kyle (he is only 23 weeks old... and he is still safely tucked away in his mommy's belly) In an hour's time Kyle made his way into the world. 1 pound, 3 ounces- 11 and a half inches long. This family will never be the same. This child is a warrior. He has the spirit of a Lion, and more courage than a whole pride. He is fierce, and fearless- and he is teaching us to fear the Lord- and to believe that God is in our midst and healing even now. Join us as pray, as we praise, and as we journey through this life as lovers of God and all His glory.

Kyle is in the March of Dimes Promo!