January 28, 2013

our week

Last week was a tough week, to say the least.  I posted last week about how much we needed Olivia to gain some weight by Tuesday (tomorrow) but unfortunately that hasn't seemed to have happened like we hoped.  We don't know what was going on with Olivia but from last Wednesday night until Friday morning, Olivia basically threw up after each bottle.  It was probably the most frustrating and sad 36 hours we've had around here in awhile.  We have weighed her at home several times over the last few days and we know she lost about an ounce-ounce and a half and I honestly felt defeated.  She is back up to her original weight (9lbs 14oz) that she was at 2 weeks ago but we were fervently praying she would break the 10 pound mark by this weigh-in at the doctor scheduled for Tuesday (tomorrow).  We tried every combination of formula and rice cereal we could think of but the girl just couldn't keep anything down.  We have no idea if it was some random stomach thing or severe reflux but whatever it was, we couldn't figure out how to help Olivia. It broke my heart because I knew she was miserable and I couldn't fix it.

Olivia is not a fan of the scale but it is a regular part of our day right now so she'll learn to get used to it, I'm sure. ;)

Olivia also had lots of baths!  Thankfully she didn't mind it and it was actually a calming place for her.

I'm not sure what happened, since we didn't change anything and went back to a normal bottle, but finally over the weekend, the throwing up stopped.  Praise the Lord!  We have now gone more than 24 hours without any throwing up!

Jason introduced Olivia to laughing babies on YouTube.  We aren't sure what she thought of it but she stared at it for a few minutes and we are pretty sure she chuckled at one of the videos.  It was the funniest noise I've ever heard!  We can't wait for her to giggle more!

Unfortunately, Olivia's doctor is sick this week so our appointment for weight check will be next Monday.  But, as Jason said, God is giving us some extra time to get some weight on our girl so we don't have to start taking more drastic measures.  I'm so very thankful for such a sweet husband who always puts things in perspective for me when I am on the verge of tears.  God knew exactly who I needed to walk alongside me during this time of life.

On top of Olivia's struggles last week, sweet Hannah came down with a horrible cough.  The minute I heard her coughing, my wonderful Mom came and took her so we could protect Olivia as much as possible.  Hannah spent 4 days at my parents' house while we tended to Olivia.  Again, so very thankful to live close to my parents who help us out tremendously and sacrificially.  We honestly wouldn't make it through most of this junk without them here.

I was so glad to have Hannah back home!  We spent a lot of time cuddling this weekend after 4 days apart!

We are praying for an uneventful week with Hannah back at school and therapy appointments for Olivia.  I'll update later with several praises about our sweet Olivia and some fun things Hannah has been up to!


  1. I'm college friends with Jennifer Francis and ran across your blog awhile back. I have been truly praying for you all! I have preemie twins and we have had our share of eating issues. We have encountered great difficulty in getting them to eat, and gaining weight. I know the heaviness and stress it may bring! Praying for growth, gain, and strength for you!

    1. Amy, thank you so much for your prayers! It truly means so much to have so many people praying for us & Olivia...especially mommas who have been where we are.