Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Big Weeks: 29 & 30

This past week has brought the most changes - very exciting changes! We found out last Monday morning that they were going to switch Olivia to a different ventilator. To be honest, I have no idea what the differences were except that one gave much less support than the other. She was only on it a few days and on Saturday morning they extubated her and put her on the SiPAP machine. At the same time all of that was going on Olivia was starting to eat more and tolerate her feeds like a little champ! She has done amazing on the SiPAP and is nearly breathing on her own! Yesterday we hit the 30 week mark and she weighed in at 2 pounds 3 ounces. We are so proud of you, Olivia!

Here are a few pictures from this past week...


A little smile.


A hat that fits! Thank you to our friend in Birmingham!


First day on the SiPAP.


Mommy and a paci, what more could you need?


Stretching and a big yawn.


Proud daddy.



These last two pictures are my very favorite. Our first time to see her without anything (well almost anything) on her face! Every four hours they take her SiPAP head gear and nose mask off. When they do this the nurse is always ready to give oxygen manually, but Olivia was loving having that thing off her face and was breathing perfectly on her own! She's so ready to be a big girl and breathe on her own all the time! :)

13 comments:

Mallory said...

Incredible! You all are still in my prayers every night!

Linds said...

Yay! What answers to prayer! I LOVE the second to last picture of her... she's precious!

Jacque said...

So beautiful!

Gretchen said...

She is too sweet! Love the pictures of her snuggled close to her mommy and daddy

The Penningtons said...

So excited to hear the great news! The last two pictures were so precious! They made me shed a tear of joy!

Anonymous said...

Oh, Mare, my heart sings to hear and see this! What a pretty, pretty girl! She looks so happy without all of the tubes, I guess anybody would be!! I continue to pray for all of you and keep you in my thoughts, how exciting all the gains Olivia has made! Keep strong you two are doing great and Olivia what a mighty, albeit tiny, but mighty mighty powerhouse!

Chris said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!! That is absolutely amazing! 2 pounds....wow, I know a good diet program...it sounds like she may need that soon if she continues this amazing growth. Olivia is the strongest person I have ever heard of! SWEET!!!!!

Tesha said...

YEaaaaaa My heart is rejoicing at her progress!

GreenGirl said...

That is the sweetest nose I have ever seen!

Jenny and Mark Bradley said...

She is absolutely precious! Way to grow, Olivia! We are so happy that she is getting bigger and making improvements.

Lauren said...

I LOVE following her progress! Go Olivia Go!!! She is beautiful and yall are awesome parents!

Steph said...

Your posts always bring tears to my eyes. So, so happy to see that Olivia is thriving! We will continue to pray!

Sarah said...

She's growing so well!!!! :)

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