Saturday, August 28, 2010


Eleanora has been such a trooper throughout the last five plus weeks. Her life has been in upheaval of one kind or another for so long, I don't think either of us even remember what our "normal" routine was like. Despite all the change, she has been such a happy and fun girl and brings us so much joy.

Some of her latest antics include...

- Saying "bless" whenever anyone sneezes
- "Feeding" her stuffed animals in her high chair or at her table. She cooks for them in her kitchen, then gives them each something to eat saying "here a go" ("here you go").
- Begging for people to dance to "musie" ("music")
- Singing solos in the car (Twinkle, Twinkle is a favorite).
- Asking to read "stowies" and saying her favorite lines.
- Reading any piece of paper out loud in a very serious tone (with made up words) then announcing "de in!" ("the end!").
- Eating "cancakes" ("pancakes") for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Playing dress up with scarves

Samuel is now 5 weeks old and 36 weeks gestation. We are told to expect big changes in the next week or so as he gets closer to his due date. He has started nursing, and to date has taken three full feedings and six or seven half feedings by mouth instead of by tube. His progress is slow, moving ahead one day and back the next. His breathing has improved. His oxygen is currently on a 1/4 liter at 21% (room air). He will be weaned down to a 1/10 liter today or tomorrow and from there will go off of oxygen completely. We're cautiously hoping he will be home in the next couple of weeks. I can't wait to stare at this handsome face without any tubes or tape any time of the day or night!

Big sister can't wait to met "Baby Sa-ee"


Anonymous said...

What a handsome boy! He looks like his Dad. And such an adorable big sister. Hey Nat, looks like you and Eleanora are having fun. What a blessing that you were on your way at the right moment. We love you all!

Anonymous said...

YAY!!! So glad to hear Samuel is starting to get into the feeding groove. What a huge step! Eleanora is just too cute! It is amazing how kids are so resilient. Praying for the day the big sister can welcome baby Samuel HOME!! Love, Kami and Ryan

Mark and Jenn said...

SO glad he's nursing!! That must be such an encouragement. Go Sammy and go Kara!!

Adrienne said...

Eleanora and Sammy are adorable. I love the dress up! I haven't called or emailed because I know that you guys are so busy and need to concentrate on your family. But know I am thinking of you all the time and check everyday for updates.


Erin said...

Yay Sammy! So happy that he is taking such big steps these days, and getting the hang on nursing. We know you must be so proud that Eleanora is such a trooper and an amazing big sister already. Before you know it, she'll be reading stories to Sa-ee. Miss you guys and constantly thinking of you!

Anonymous said...

Good morning, Tucson family. I tune in to your blog every morning when I wake up. I love those pictures of Sammy and Eleanora. I want to give her a hug. What a great big sister! Cousin Peter in California asked me to pass along prayers and love from him and sons Dutch and Andy. We're all in this together, and we love you so much.