Monday, April 26, 2010

A great birthday for Amber

I don't have time to get new pics up right now, but wanted to let you know the good news. Both girls are maintaining their temperature well enough that they raised the lids on the incubators Sunday morning. They are both doing really well with that. The nurse that day also pushed the doctors to let them try to bottle feed just a little...enough to start teaching them how to suck, swallow and still breathe anyway. I fed Sophie 5 cc's of milk and Amber fed Mattie 5 cc's and then we held them while the rest was going through their feeding tubes. Both did really well. We thought it was pretty cool that the girl's took their first bottle on Amber's birthday.

This morning we found out that Sophie's blood count has gone up a little and she is still working to produce more, so they are not going to have to give her another transfusion for now at least. We were really excited to hear that. They are trying to wean the girls off of O2 right now. They turned to flow down from 2 liters to 1.5 today, so pray that they will do well with that. Basically, they are being stubborn and refusing to come off of Oxygen. Since they weigh 4lbs 15oz and 4lbs 9oz now getting off of O2 is one of the biggest hurdles we have to get over before we come home, so please focus prayers on that. (although I'm pretty sure if we come home too soon Amber and I will lose our minds over the worry!)

We haven't seen Alex and Stacy for a day or two (we kind of lose track of days here!) so I don't have anything new to report on Crimson. From across the room any way, he looks like he's fighting as hard as ever and doing well!


  1. Josh,

    My little girl come home on oxygen so it's not a huge deal if they do that. You will learn very quickly how to handle that situation. Of course the hope is that they don't have to. I'm so glad the girls are doing well. I will continue to keep praying for them.

    (I work with Amber's dad)

  2. So happy to get the good report. Love, Carol

  3. Josh & Amber,
    so excited for you both I know you two must feel like you concord a mountain today. before you know it they will be crawling and getting into anything and everything :) and I am sure you will enjoy every minute of it. we are still praying for them daily as well as Crimson. God Bless the Kieffer's

  4. The Huffs are still praying for the girls (& parents) out loud every day. Hang in there and keep up the good work! We love the great news!

  5. Thinking about you and praying for you 4! And happy birthday Amber!
    Love you guys,
    Charla :)

  6. Birthday wishes for Amber. Love reading the updates and seeing how the girls are growing. I continue to pray for both of you and for precious Mattie and Sophie. Love, Rosemary Hilliard

  7. So thrilled to hear the good progress! That's wonderful about the feedings and we'll be praying they will come off the oxygen soon! Can't wait for you all to come home so we can spoil all four of you! Happy late birthday, Amber! God bless you with a wonderful year!
    We love and miss you!
    Patti Giesemann

  8. Josh and Amber, we did not know the girls were here until just a few days ago...I have been reading and reading and crying and crying as I read. Oh, those precious little sweeties are such gifts from our loving Father, and how blessed they are to have such wonderful parents. Be sure we are on your prayer warrior team and we will continue to be. Just know that God will give you all the strength you need. They are beautiful...thank you for sharing your thoughts and lives with us through this blog. We love you all so much...John and Brenda Knox

  9. Josh and Amber,
    Things are sounding much better!!!! I know it will all be a bad dream, one day. They will be jumping on the bed, waking you up early on Saturday morning wanting pan cakes and milk!
    You are so right, prayer are going up daily. And God answers prayers.
    Thank you for posting the notes to us. It makes me feel like I'm part of this.
    Love you and miss you,
    Diann Wilkins