Thursday, July 24, 2008

What a Difference a Day Makes

Yesterday was a great day for Andrew! He was able to be weaned off his oxygen in the afternoon and stabilize himself. His breathing is no longer an issue and I don't think anybody is concerned about it at all. Late yesterday afternoon he had some formula and burped like a champ. He seemed to tolerate it well, but after about 3 hours his tummy was distended so his next feeding was skipped. (He is still getting nutrients through an IV in his head, so that's OK.) A while after that he was spitting up/throwing up so his next feeding was skipped too. However, this morning he was fed at about 4:45 because he was having a fit and wanted to eat. So far, so good. We will try again at 8:00. Feeding is his next hurdle. Once he can prove himself he should be ready to head home. Everyone is thrilled with the progress he is making.

Oh, I forgot the most exciting part! Yesterday once he was stabilized after being off the oxygen and having a bunch of tubes and tape removed we were able to hold him. We had the birth parents go into the nursery first to spend some time with Andrew. Afterwards, B and I got to have our turns holding him. It was the most wonderful feeling in the world, though it still feels a little unbelievable that he is actually going home with us.

Late last night the birth mom and I went in and just sat with him and talked with him for a long time. She is so incredibly happy that they have chosen open adoption. Her peace of mind with this decision is wonderful to see. She believes that Andrew was created to be with us. Apparently one of the nurses asked her why they were placing Andrew for adoption and she answered that this is just how it was meant to be. And I get it. I totally get it. We feel the exact same way.

So, without further delay, here he is! The picture is a little dark, since the nursery is very dim, but I didn't want to piss him off with the flash while he was sleeping so nicely. Don't you just love those cheeks and those sweet little lips?!??!?!


31 comments:

  1. He's beautiful.

    I'm glad he is progressing well. I can't wait til you get to take him home.

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  2. I can just imagine touching those sweet cheeks with the back of my finger, so soft

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  3. And those ears!!! They are just too damn cute!

    I'm so glad that he is doing so well!

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  4. So cute, I love those little cheeks. So beautiful!

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  5. What a little sweetheart. What great news, C.

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  6. Oh, Chris, I don't know if it is hormones or what but I am teared up over here. I'm just so incredibly happy for you. Dreams really do come true. XOXO

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  7. Oh, Christy, welcome to the wonderful worlds of momhood and open adoption.

    He's so adorable!

    Best wishes for all involved.

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  8. He is absolutely beautiful

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  9. just precious! i wish you all the best!!

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  10. Brenda3:15 PM

    Adorable! I am so happy for you and Brian! Cheers to the best parents ever!! :o)

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  11. Oh he is beautiful!! Congratulations. Hope you get to head home soon.

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  12. Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous.

    I am so happy for your family.

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  13. He is beautiful! I am so happy for you and your family. I am so glad the birth mom is feeling this is right..she gets it too and that is awesome!

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  14. a handsome boy! little Andrew Robert welcome to the world and keep growing strong.
    I am so happy for you and B!!!

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  15. I am thrilled to read such positive news. He is absolutely beautiful and I am so happy for you!

    I hope he continues to progress and grows to be a strong little boy.

    BTW, I love his name. His name is the middle names of bith my boys- Samuel Andrew and Jackson Robert. So sweet.

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  16. What a great situation and a handsome lil boy!

    We had trouble with our feedings early on too. Thinking of you and all involved!

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  17. oh how sweet. Bless his little heart -- all of that tape they have stuck to his little head. Congrats...... he's lovely. SAM

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  18. Congratulations!

    Best wishes to you all.

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  19. eek, he's here! congrats!

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  20. He's beautiful!!!! Congratulations, your very own little one to love and cherish. I am so happy for you and I wish you all the best love and luck in the world.

    Congratulations again!

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  21. So incredibly happy for you & Andrew. Adopted babies are truly the best!
    Love you all!

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  22. He is absolutely gorgeous! I love his sweet sweet cheeks!

    I am a birthmother and I am just so please to hear that things are going well for you all. I wish you the VERY BEST.

    If you would like to read about our adoption story (from a birthmother's perspective) you can go to:
    http://therandolphfamilyblog.blogspot.com/2008/05/our-adoption-story-happy-17th-birthday.html

    Congratulations Again!

    -Jenny

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  23. Oh Wow! CONGRATULATIONS, MOM!!!!!!!! He's beautiful!

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  24. He's beautiful Chris! Congratulations!

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  25. He has the most perfect little cherub baby face! He's GORGEOUS!!! Grab a stick, Momma! You're going have to beat the girls away!

    P.S. Found you through Elaina's blog (My Prayers, His Promises)

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  26. Anonymous7:35 PM

    Chris-
    I am so excited to meet my little nephew!! He is such a blessing and what a beautiful BOY he is. It's LOVE at first sight.
    xo, Kari

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  27. There are no words to explain how happy I am for you, B and your precious son. Hugs to you all!

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  28. I got chills reading about you and the birthmom just sitting in there talking. What a memorable time for the both of you!!

    He's absolutely beautiful!!! Congratulations!!!

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  29. What a handsome little man!

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  30. Oh man, I'm just catching up. He is BEAUTIFUL. And I am beyond happy for you!

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  31. What a gift! SO happy he is doing well. I'm just so happy for you Chris!

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