You will have significant experiences.
I hope that you will write them down and keep a record of
them, that you will read them from time to time and refresh
your memory of these meaningful and significant things.
Some may be funny. Some may be significant only to you.
Some of them may be sacred and quietly beautiful. Some
may build upon another until they represent a lifetime of
special experiences.
- Gordon B Hinckley

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Everett's Outfit...

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Dear Family and Friends,

Since coming off the ventilator one week ago, our little Everett has really begun to flourish, hitting new milestones every day. 

As of yesterday, Everett is exclusively a milk-fed baby!  He is now able to tolerate full-feeds (22mls every three hours).  As a result, the doctors were able to stop his IV fluids and fats and remove his PICC line.  He is a free man (other than the monitor wires for his heart rate etc.) and now he can wear clothes!!!  His first outfit was a light blue and brown striped onsie with a monkey on the front.  His nurse even took the time to pick out a light blue cap to match and surprised Zac and I with it last night
:-)  He looked beautiful all dressed up...and as the nurses said, "Let the laundry begin!"  He weighs 2lb. 5oz. and from this point forward should gain 1/2oz. to 1 oz. every day.  He'll be out of those preemie clothes in no time!

The doctors are officially calling him infection-free!!!  His lab values are back to normal and hopefully they will stay that way for the rest of his hospital stay. 

He loves being off the ventilator and is breathing really well on his own.  He receives a little extra oxygen through the canula in his nose but this should be titrated down in the coming days to weeks.

He moved into a new isolette on Sunday, a lower tech one than his original, as he's now able to better regulate his body temperature.  We brought one of his blankets home for Jack to sniff in order to become familiar with his scent.  He sniffed it for ten minutes then fell asleep under it.  Zac and I are hoping this is a good sign that Jack will be an awesome big brother when Everett comes home :-)

We're starting to work on his nursery.  We put his crib together on Sunday and we can't wait until he's actually in it!!!  We are always thankful for everyone's support, concerns, questions, food, emails, and messages
:-)  We love hearing from you and take comfort in knowing that you are praying for and thinking positively for our Everett.  Just so you know, I've saved every email, card and note that we've received so that Everett will know how loved he was from the very beginning!  Thank you all so much.

More updates to come...

The Bollinger Family

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