Saturday, October 4, 2008


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Monday, May 26, 2008

Home at Last, Home at Last

Hello Again

Finally, Daniel is home and is doing well.

I have not posted new information for a while because I wanted to end my postings with Daniel being home. Both of his parents are glad that he is home and they no longer have to travel to and from the hospital every day, but now they just wish he would sleep longer than an hour or 2. Welcome to parenthood.

He is still on oxygen (at a very low rate) and he still has some monitors on him, other than that he is doing well and keeping his parents busy.

Thank you again for all of your concern and prayers. Daniel is truly a miracle and I will end my posts with these infamous words,

“Welcome home Daniel T, Welcome home”

Monday, April 28, 2008

Only 10 More Days

Yes readers, there are only 10 more days until it is Daniels almost real birthday.

He has been doing really well and is still learning to be “big.” If he continues to gain weight, nurse from his mother 4 times a day and keeps his breathing regular, he could come home as early as the 8th of May.

His mom and dad are looking forward to having him home and leaving the hospital, the drive and the worry behind them.

Thank you again for all of your prayers and concern. We know that you have really made a difference.

Friday, April 18, 2008

We Like Good News

Hello All

As you can tell from the title we have had allot of good news these past few days. Daniel has learned to nurse from his mom and he takes in as much as he possible can. When he is tiered or having a bad day they still give him his dinner through his feeding tube.

Because of all his mothers and his hard work he now weighs over 5 pounds, wears clothes and sleeps in a big boy crib. He still is on oxygen and of course his monitors but he is getting stronger everyday.

Thank you again for all of your concern and prayers, as you can tell by the pictures they are working.

Here he is in the arms of his Dad soon after having a late night snack. You know it is really hard to keep your eyes open when your tummy is full.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

This Weeks Update

As you can tell by the attached images Daniel T is growing and getting cuter everyday. He is now over 4 pounds and because he has been able to regulate his own body temperature, he is sleeping in a “Big Boy” bed instead of the incubator. The staff is working on getting his oxygen level down and helping him and his mom get to know each other better. Tracy has cut back on her work hours and is spending as much time with him that she can. The goal is wean him from his feeding tube and for him to learn to nurse just from his mom.

Thank you again for all your prayers on Daniel and his parents behalf.

Monday, March 31, 2008

More Good News

Hi Again

Daniel T has been doing well again and still. He now breathing on his own and has only has his oxygen tube/Canula nose piece to help with his oxygen levels. You know the kind that you usually see older people wearing. So as far as todays/this weeks post goes “no news is good news”.

After his episode with his looped bowel the staff was able to reduce his swelling and have been watching him close. So far no more signs of swelling and they are slowly increasing the amount of his mothers milk feedings so we can get him ready for his real birthday.

Thank you again for all of your fasting and prayers.

Since most of his tubes are gone, be sure to view the attached images because you can now see his cute little face.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Mr. Feisty


Happy 2 month birthday Daniel. On the 21 st of March Daniel had his 2 month birthday and is officially 32 weeks old. He only has 6 more weeks for his “real” birthday and I think he is looking forward to it.

Daniel T continues to do well and is slowing growing and gaining weight. As of today his weight is 3 pounds 14 ounces and he is over 14 inches long. Go! Daniel Go!

There has been one area of concern that arose last week when they discovered that he had a “looped bowel”. That is when a section of the small intestine swells or is inflamed an builds up pressure (gas) and pushes on the other organs. They felt it was because they have been feeding him more of his mother milk and his digestive track could not handle it all. They inserted a suction tube in his stomach to relieve the pressure and cut back on the amount of milk. Within a couple of days the swelling had gone down and they are now slowly increasing his feeding.

Once again the fasting and prayers of family and friends helped Daniel and his parents through this “hiccup” in his progress.

One word that we feel best describes Daniel is “feisty”. When I updated you last I told you that Daniel had pulled out his velilator tube and received a CPAP mask to help in his breathing. They first put on a CPAP mask similar to an oxygen mask and Daniel must not have liked it because he kept pushing it of to the side of his face where it wasn’t doing him any good. The next mask has short tubes that actually are inserted into his nose so you cannot push it off as easy. I have affectionately call it his Darth Vader mask (Click this link for breathing sound ) . The next step is to wean him off the CPAP and get him breathing on his own.

Here are some recent images and as you can tell even the grandmothers got to hold him.