Kyle's NICU Story in Pictures

Friday, December 21, 2007

FINALLY - an update!

I have been sick! I guess it was bound to happen but thankfully just a small cold. It was VERY hard to be away from my little lion. I missed him. John was awesome though - he took over mom duty as well as dad duty! John got to hold Kyle on CPAP which means we can hear him! It is amazing. I'll let john fill you in on the details of that!

anyway - I have not been good about updating b/c I have been trying to rest. I did go to see Kyle today b/c I am better but did not go in his fort - not holding him yet - I can't wait.

Kyle is doing good - He is having some As & Bs as they call them - which is where he forgets to breath and then his heart rate goes down. but the nurses say he is not having "too many". today when I went in he was on 24% oxygen and resting well on his tummy! He was really looking great! Kyle is eating even more now - they went up on his feeding amount again and he is digesting all of it.

I think my favorite thing right now is "THE PACI". If you wait until just before it is time for kyle to eat or right when they start to feed him and then give him a paci, he will pull both hands up to it and try with all his might to hang on to it and he goes to town. He sucks on that pacifier like a champ! Not only is this ADORABLE but really great news to us. Even though Kyle had been intubated for 8 weeks he likes the paci in his mouth. Sometimes preemies that have been intubated have severe oral aversions. We feel like he is doing good in this area.

Also, we have 7 days left of the 42 day round of antibiotics. We had an echo of Kyle's heart the other day and the clot has not changed. We will have another one in 7 days - when the antibiotics are done. Please keep praying for protection from fungal infections.

Kyle is really looking good right now! Thank you all for your support - this is a pretty tough holiday for us. Jadon and Jack are doing great though right now - really happy to be around family . and We even had a visit from Santa today - i'll post some pics soon. and don't worry I will make john share about his time holding kyle.

15 comments:

GranMammy B said...

Oh wow - I'm so glad to hear something...I kept cking to see what the latest news was & there was nothing...I'm sad that Kelly got sick & worn out but I'm glad she rested & is doing much better. I can just imagine Kyle hanging on to his "binkie" (that's what my kids called it - except Matt - he wanted nothing to do with it!! typical Matt). Anyway, so thankful to hear from you. Look forward to seeing pictures & hearing from John. I'll take this opportunity to wish you a blessed Christmas & we all look forward to a remarkable 2008! God IS with us!! Hugs to all ! ! and the Merriest of Christmas' ever...
GranMammy B
Barbie Weller - Mansfield

Anonymous said...

I have not commented in a few days, but I have not in any way forgotten about baby Kyle or you guys either...I have been busy with taking my husband to the doctor...he has been really sick and we had to run tests..scary waiting for the results, but PRAISE GOD...THEY ALL CAME BACK NEGATIVE AND WE GIVE ALL THE CREDIT TO OUR ALL MIGHTY GOD...
I continue to pray for your little guy and for the families of the little ones who are now resting in the arms of JESUS...My heart aches for all of them...
So super happy that Kyle is off the resp. and on the cpap...tell him his big sis in CHRIST has one too...lol...I have sleep apnia and have to sleep with one of those things...they are a pain, but we must have them...lol
Love to all...
LeAnn Smith
lulibell60@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Oh, yeah...one last thing...

PACIFIERS RULE!!!!

Couldn't have lived thru my three without them...

LeAnn

Anonymous said...

I am sorry you have been ill. However, I am very pleased to hear that Kyle is doing well at this point!! I am sure it'll be hard to spend Christmas at home without all your boys and I can't say, "I know how you feel" because I don't. Just know that I will be praying for you and your whole family daily! Merry Christmas

Still praying, still believing and still EXPECTING healing!

Candy Humber

Anonymous said...

I am sorry you have been ill. However, I am very pleased to hear that Kyle is doing well at this point!! I am sure it'll be hard to spend Christmas at home without all your boys and I can't say, "I know how you feel" because I don't. Just know that I will be praying for you and your whole family daily! Merry Christmas

Still praying, still believing and still EXPECTING healing!

Candy Humber

Anonymous said...

Yea Kyle,
Sorry you have been sick really glad that Kyle is doing well. We are in Colorado for Christmas but we will continue to remember all of you guys this Christmas and hope and pray that Kyle continues to do well. Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas we love you all very much.
Brandie and Ken Noles

Anonymous said...

Hooray-Kyle is on lower O2 levels. He is such a strong fighter and I will continue to pray for him.
Have a Merry Christmas!!!

Leslie said...

God bless you all! You continue to be in my hearts and prayers. Your little lion pops into my head all the time.

Anonymous said...

It's been a few days since I've gotten to check in on Kyle and his new picture just brought me to tears. Oh, you guys, he looks so amazing! I am so sorry you have been sick, Kelly. I hope you got some rest. It must be so great to be able to hear Kyle! I can't even imagine: we take so much for granted.

It is great to hear he is doing well! You guys are so frequently on my heart so it is easy to remember to pray. I think children are God's way of keeping constant communication with us (I know that Cory keeps me on my knees). What a privelege it is to be able to pray for our children and know He listens! I am so thankful!

Well, wanted you to know we are still here, still praying, and we love you guys!

Hope you guys have a very special and blessed Christmas together!

Patty :)

Anonymous said...

sweet boy!! i just love seeing how he is improving he has so many girlfriends/cheerleaders on the unit!

mogletree said...

I would just like to wish you all a Merry and Blessed Christmas! I know you have so much to be thankful for this Christmas season! I continue to pray for Kyle and your family. I keep Morningside Baptist Church updated with Kyle's progress regularly and I would just like to let you know that our church is also praying for you all. We love you guys and can't wait until Kyle is at home spending holidays with you. Praise God for what He is doing in you all! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Amanda Ogletree
Ministry Assistant
Morningside Baptist Church
Morristown, TN

Stefanie Oney said...

Happy for the update! I was missing you guys!
Can wait to see binkie photos. Maybe he'll be like Kylie one day w/ 2 binkies - ha ha.
Hope you guys have a wonderful Christmas - get well Kel!
Stefanie

Anonymous said...

Good evening to you both. It's Sunday evening and I just wanted to let you all know that you are in my prayers and thoughts this evening.

Through circumstances, the Lord reminded me earlier today that He answers prayers. Sometimes, I think we forget to ask Him or maybe we lack the faith to believe that He can do it.... don't know....

However, He does answer prayers and I prayed for you all today!

Still praying, still believing and still EXPECTING healing.

Merry Christmas

Candy Humber

Anonymous said...

Good evening to you both. It's Sunday evening and I just wanted to let you all know that you are in my prayers and thoughts this evening.

Through circumstances, the Lord reminded me earlier today that He answers prayers. Sometimes, I think we forget to ask Him or maybe we lack the faith to believe that He can do it.... don't know....

However, He does answer prayers and I prayed for you all today!

Still praying, still believing and still EXPECTING healing.

Merry Christmas

Candy Humber

Anonymous said...

John and Kelly,
I haven't been able to check the website for about a week and just caught up...the latest picture of Kyle is so sweet. What a beautiful face! I'm so blessed to know he is doing better all the time. I know you guys still have your struggles - but I hold on to the positive and take your concerns to the Lord. It's the little things that are so sweet; like the paci! I know exactly what you are talking about when you refer to him using his little hands to hold it. I get chills when I think about all the times the God of creation has touched your son, continuing to knit him and form him BY HIS HANDS ONLY, so that only He can have the glory. What a privilege to behold these miraculous answers to our prayers! We are still praying and PRAISING. Merry Christmas and Our Fervent prayers for a MIRACULOUS NEW YEAR!
Love, Mark and JeanAnn

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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.

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