Happy New Year everyone!!!! We have a feeling 2008 is going to be a great year. My friend Amy told me the other day..’You guys probably just had the most traumatic year of your lives.... So it can only get better." I think she’s right. :) Faith is ringing in the new year at 18 pounds! Can you believe it! She’s a tub! She’s getting so big they had to cut back on her calories (they fortify breastmilk w/extra calories) she is getting so round but is not very long...so they are trying to even her out. What a wonderful problem to have, huh? Other than that Faith is doing well. She’s really been rolling around lately. If someone walks into the room she turns her body to get a look at them. Speaking of looking we know a lot of you have been wondering about her eyes. She hasn’t had an eye exam in a while but will be getting one in a few weeks. You may remember us talking about glasses a few months ago. Faith’s new eye doc at Children’s does not like to put glasses on babies before they are a year old- Faith’s eye doc at St. Joe’s wanted to put her in glasses right a way. We hope that she will receive her glasses soon- we think it will really help. Faith’s eyes are definitely better than we thought. She looks at people from across the room and recognizes faces. Unfortunately we do notice her vision is not equal to other babies her age. You still have to get pretty close to her for her to recognize you or smile and her left eye is defiantly of track. You may have noticed in the slide show her left eye is often unfocused. It also looks cloudy- almost how a blind person’s eye looks. Nevertheless we are so grateful for the eyesight she has.
Faith’s respiratory status continues to remain stable. The big goal is for her to strengthen her upper core, which will help stabilize her airway. Sitting up will be an indicator that she is ready for less support. SO that’s what we’ve been working on. Our goal is that she will sit up by 1st birthday-, which is about 1 month away! Well thank you for checking in today. We wish you all a happy and healthy New Year!
Brian and Jen
PS: We have some other happy news to report- Faith’s friend Emily is doing great! A few weeks ago she came very very close to losing her life- we are happy to report that she is out of the PICU and back up on the floor with Faith. This is nothing short of a miracle. Her mom credits all of the prayers for saving her daughter!