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

Tiny Footprints...

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Dear Family and Friends,

This week we have many things to be thankful for with our little Everett. 

So far, I've held him five times...YAY!  The nurses say we "melt together," with both of us so relaxed and content that at the end of our bonding, they have to peel him off of me.  He tiny head fits perfectly in the space between my chin and chest and when he's there I can smell him, feel his eyelashes fluttering as he dreams, and give him all the kisses I want (as long as the nurses aren't looking)!

He is finally over his birth weight at a whopping 1lb. 14oz.  He looks like an entirely different baby compared to last week :-)
  That 1 oz. makes all the difference!

His eyes opened this past weekend and now our little boy can not only hear us, but see us too, which was something we all were looking forward to with great anticipation.  His eyes appear to be a cool grey-blue (hopefully it will last) and make a good combo with all his dark hair. 

His infection is improving, although he is still receiving antibiotics.  He is taking regular feedings of breast milk, a whole 2ml every three hours.  Zac got to drop the milk into his mouth on Friday from a small syringe.  Everett held it on his tongue for a second then opened his mouth wider and stuck his tongue out as if to say "Give me some more of that!"  It was really cute.

He is still ventilated but is breathing a lot on his own and the doctors think he might be able to come off the vent in about a week.  This will be a huge milestone and we are excitedly waiting for it.  Once he is off the vent, Zac should be able to hold him!

The doctor was finally able to get his PICC line (a long term IV for nutrition, fluids, and medications) placed this evening.  After two failed attempts we are relieved that the procedure is over and now they are able to give him higher concentrations of nutrition via this new line.  Whew!!!

The big surprise...we finally received our copy of his tiny footprints!  I've attached them to this email.  They are actual size (2 inches from big toe to heel), which is really, really small...but there are ten toes total, and we can't ask for anything better than that!!!!!

He continues to be a strong fighter.  I think it is because he knows he has a lot of people praying and rooting for him!  We are thankful everyday for all your love and support.  Our little man is so loved...we are sure to tell him so every day!  Thank you for thinking of and praying for him...please keep it up!


The Bollinger Family

P.S. Because many of you asked, I'm doing well recovering from my C-section.  Just a little sore and having a hard time fighting the urge to vacuum, wrestle with Jack, or lift things I shouldn't.  My family and Zac have been taking wonderful care of me; they might be better nurses than I am! 

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