Saturday, August 15, 2009

Rolling With The Punches

We are wondering if perhaps the Prevacid is making a difference . . . The last few days Jimmie has struggled much less with his feeds. He still only ended up taking 13 ounces yesterday. We are also wondering if the Prevacid is causing him to eat less. It does have more side effects than the Zantac. However if he can still gain weight, less struggle is preferable! Rachael is cautiously encouraged. (-: From last Friday to this Friday Jimmie gained 7 ounces which is good! It's only been the last few days that he's been taking the amounts less than 15 ounces so we'll see how he does this week on his weight gain. I have hope it'll still be acceptable.

We have been marveling at how the last 2 months have been more of a rollercoaster ride for Rachael and Justin then the NICU was. It actually more closely mirrors the terrible ups and downs during the month Rach was on bedrest. I'm thinking it's in part an accumulative effect of everything on their emotions. And also just a fatigue and exhaustion of the fight. And I do know that what Rachael has perceived as the looming threat of going back to the hospital has been very hard for her to bear up under.

Jimmie is doing amazing in all other areas. Rachael said he SAT UP yesterday. He was laying cradled in Justin's arms and he popped up all on his own to a sitting position. He also is purposely rolling over! He is so engaging and expressive as well. He's getting very close to giggling.

Rachael did better yesterday rolling with the punches and not getting sucked in to the hour by hour. This is huge for her sanity! Pray she has the grace to stay in that happier place.

Another matter for prayer- Justin came home from the Fire Station last night with a fever of 101! He felt pretty rough all night. He's doing a bit better this morning, but it's looking viral. Pray for Justin of course, but send some extra prayers for Jimmie that he would stay healthy. Justin slept in a separate room from Rach and Jimmie last night as they are of course trying to keep Justin and Jimmie apart. Also pray Rach stays healthy too!

Thank you so much for all of your comments and prayers!


P.S. Also just wanted to say, "thank you!" to Chris and Michelle for taking a shift and being with Rach and Jimmie this week.


  1. Praying for all of you. I would love to see Jimmie laugh! It's wonderful that he sat up all on his own!

  2. WOW! Such a cute baby boy! I wish things would get better for all of you. I know how tired you must be. You are on my mind so often. I hope this virus stops with Justin, sorry Justin but I know you feel the same way. Hang in there and pray for acceptance to God's will.

    Kathy Barnes

  3. It drives me crazy when people assume taht the "preemie experience" ends the day you walk out the NICU doors... often, it's when it all begins.

    Hang in there, guys. The McB's have been praying for Baby Jimmie and his family. Soon enough Jimmie will be a big, four-year old who eats you out of house and home - and you'll say, "Remember when getting him to eat was a PROBLEM?!" I will continue to pray that the road is as easy as possible.

    Take care,

  4. well, i am glad that the feeds seem to be less of a struggle. i will pray for some more intake though! hope that justin is feeling better...and will definitely pray that jimmie says healthy! what a big boy he is becoming!!!
    can't wait to see you all! in one month!!!!!!!!

  5. Wow! He's just taking developmental leaps! Way to go, little guy! That's amazing. I can't wait to see him rolling around--and soon, crawling!

    We're praying for Justin and for protection for everybody else from this illness. Also for continued healing, eating, and peace and comfort!

    Love you all so much!!
    Adrian and Janelle