Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Dear Jimmie- Happy 1 Month Birthday!

Dear Jimmie,

Happy 1 month birthday! Way to go little man! You have accomplished so much in 1 month.

This is you the night you were born.

And this is you today!

you have gained almost 8 ounces in weight!
You have grown an inch and 3/4 in length!
Your head circumference has increased by a whole inch!

You achieved extubation from the ventilator after only 5 days.
You were moved off of the CPAP after 1 full day.
You have tried the low flow nasal cannula once. You fought hard, but were not quite ready. You are so close though.

After thirteen days you opened your eyes!

After 1 week you got to be held in your mommy's arms. Now you enjoy a few hours every day being held by your mommy and daddy.

You fought off an infection after your birth and have been healthy ever since.

Against the odds- your PDA duct in your heart closed as it should.

You have had 2 brain scans that have showed a healthy brain with no bleeding.

After 7 days you got rid of your umbilical line and had a new pic line put in, but you hardly used it and it came out after 5 days.

You have had only one blood transfusion.

You are now taking 16ml (just under an ounce) of your mommy's breast milk in your feeding tube every 3 hours.

You are digesting and pooping like a normal baby!

You've had your first bath.

At about 10 days old you started being able to lift your head enough to turn your head from side to side.

And you have received many valentines and cards. You have a bunch of little ballerina sweethearts!

You also have 69 followers on your blog and many many more who read it and pray for you everyday.

The doctors and nurses call you, "Their Mainstay", "Small But Mighty", "The Superstar", "The Rockstar". They say you are exceptional and that you don't know your gestational age.

The reality of your life in the NICU is that you are in the "valley of the shadow of death" but you fear no evil and God is with you! Your "Ma" (Grandma Andrea) recites the 23rd psalms to you often.
To us you are our miracle. God has touched you with His strength and His breath of life. Your mommy told me when you were born that she and your daddy "NEEDED" you to do really really well! Well- you have blown your mommy and daddy away. Exceeded all expectations. We are so proud of you and grateful to God. We are praying hard for you. You have a lot more work to do before you can go home. We look forward to more miracles for you!

Your Grandpa Rod, Grandma Kathy, Pa and Ma visit you and sit with you a few times every week. We all love you so much and can't wait until the day you can come home. Cole and McKenna cannot wait to meet you! Keep fighting Jimmie.

"I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
Maker of heaven and earth." Ps. 121

Jimmie the Lord has truly made your little feet like hinds feet. You are walking on high places little man!

I'll love you forever,
Auntie Amber


  1. Rachael,
    May God continue to bless your lil' pumpkin!:)
    Lov, Cassie, Lysie and Lexie

  2. Hey Jimmie Jim Jim
    I love you so...Happy One Month Birthday to you! You are my lion and my lamb!
    Oh Amber,
    What a beautiful summation of the month!

  3. God bless you and happy birthday! We just said our prayers for you, little one.

  4. Praise the Lord! Thanks for the summary of the miraculous journey so far. What a mighty God we serve!

    Love you all,
    Adrian and Janelle

  5. Amber, that was beautiful and perfect. Jimmie you are amazing and we love you. May God continue to pour his strength and peace upon you all.

  6. Jimmie, You have no idea how much I look forward to reading your blog every day and rejoicing in all the miracles that surround you! I have shared your story with my family in Texas and they are following and praying as well! I love to update and share your picture at our prayer meetings every week at my church. What a blessing you are, sweetie. As Auntie Amber always says, "Go Jimmie go!" Love Chrystal Brown (Revyn's mom)

  7. It is wonderful to read how the Lord has already blessed Jimmie in his first month! How precious to know that the Lord knew and blessed him, even while in the womb. We have all witnessed His love and His mighty power. What a testimony! Great Grandpa Jimmie would be so very proud.
    The Barkley cousins

  8. Man time flys when doing so well. Still thinking of the three of you and praying for you. Happpy Birthday to Jimmie! Need anything please call.
    Thing of you guys,
    Shari & Gordon Taylor

  9. Dear Rachael, you don't know me but I read about you and Baby Jimmie on a homeschool support forum. I check in on you guys a couple of times a week and pray for you daily. I am so amazed at the progress Jimmie has made and just praise God. I love the video of him lifting and turning his head. He truly is "small, but mighty".

    Kathleen Parker
    Dandridge, TN

  10. Happy 1 month Jimmie! You are an amazing little guy and I get goose bumps reading your updates! I can't wait until I read about your going home party!

  11. happy birthday lil man! you truly are a miracle, and i can't wait to meet you!!

  12. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIMMIE! 1 MONTH OLD!!! I continue to pray for the entire family. I look forward to reading every post; he is a remarkable micro-preemie.

    <3 Laura

  13. Wow. How uplifting. I'm proud of this little boy, beating the odds. I'm proud of the parents for being so strong, and I'm proud of God for sticking with them when the needed them the most. God Bless all of you, and may my thoughts and prayers be with you always.