Thursday, January 29, 2009

First trip to Snyder as a party of 3!

Last weekend we decided to get out of the house and head to Snyder. There were a couple of people dying to see Mabry in particular...

You will notice that she is sleeping most if not all of these pictures. You would be worn out too after some of these visitors :) Of course the first picture is what she does best...just being a Daddy's girl.

I think I see some resemblence here (Is that how you spell that word?)

Keitha finally got to her while she wasn't upset and in the hospital!

Now the fun begins... Can you say "Over-stimulated"? Mabry can.
Who taught her these moves?

"D.J. Jax" rippin away

That smile is contagious!

Busted! Need I say more....

Hey Ty, Are you jealous?

I'm not sure...But it seems like this might be the look that goes with the ever constant thought in Jagger's mind - "What is going on now?"

Other not-so-crazy visitors.

This is the life...

All in all it was a great trip. Mabry was awesome in the car...just slept the whole time. Other than being a little thrown off her schedule we have fully recovered. :)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

We thought weren't being very fair to our "first child" by not including her in our family blog. I mean, how can you resist this face?? And after a hard day's work we got a couple more pictures in. Notice the tribute to Millie Dog that Mabry is sporting on her onesie. It's true.

And she's had enough...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

4 Weeks Old!

Oh my gosh, I'm so big!
Uh, how long are you going to have that black thing in my face??
As you know our first 4 weeks of life have not gone exactly as planned, but we are doing great anyway! Beginning with birth Mabry has shown us how...let's say stubborn, or strong-willed...she might be when she decided to let Mommy push for 3 hours. Then we got to see how, once again, strong she was the 2nd time around in hospital for 2 weeks. She has also been holding her head up and looking around since she was about a week old. Did I mention I think she's really strong? Maybe I think this because she can already hold her body up when she straigthens out her little legs on my lap for several seconds. Besides being a strong little thing, she's a noisy one too. I've never heard so many grunts and squeaks come from something so small and so cute. (I won't even mention her champion burps and toots - whoa.) We kicked her out of our room because she makes so many noises. Don't think I'm complaining about those cute little sounds though because that means she's not crying all night! Praise the Lord! I will brag on her and her sleeping. She only cries when she's hungry. Watch - tonight she'll prove me wrong. I hope not! The girl also makes some of the cutest and funniest faces. She's a big time stretcher and would think she was waking up from hibernation sometimes. Gracious.
So here are a couple pictures of some great expressions after 4 weeks of life.
This is pretty much her "normal" face when she's awake. Sorry it's not rotated...

Daddy just can't get enough kisses. Whiskers...

Oooo, the fan is way cool! Or maybe I'm holding my pretend microphone and performing for you...

Going for a walk. Doesn't she look like a little snowball?

Thursday, January 15, 2009

3 weeks

Since I got in trouble for not posting pictures with each post, I thought I would try to make up for it...
Here are a couple of pictures from our 2 days at home. She was 3 weeks old on Tuesday...already. I can't believe it. She already looks older.

What a great place to Daddy's arms Look at those long piano fingers :)

I just love this little face

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

We're home!

Well, let's try this again....

We're home from the hospital and praying we will never go back!!! Mabry is doing great and feeling so much better. Here's to readjusting, again!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Tuesday is the day!

We are counting down the hours until Tuesday (hopefully morning) so we can take our baby girl home!!!

She is healing great and the doctors are all very optimistic that she will be totally fine, and probably already is.

A little bummer today...the IV stared leaking so we had to take it out. It lasted a week thankfully, but now we are either going to give her shots IM for the remainder of the medicine, or we might have to do another IV. We are about to try the first shot so pray that it won't be bad and she can handle 5 more. No more pricking than we have to.

Thanks so much for your prayers - we're almost there!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Day 5!

Praise Jesus! He is so faithful and gracious to us!

Mabry is infection free for another day, so only 5 more days to go. She is such a champ and so STRONG. Thank you again for all your prayers.

A bit of bad news...the PIC line was not successful. They only good option was in her neck and after trying both sides they both blew. Most likely because she was so upset as they were trying to do it. It's so sad to see her get upset when anyone just touches her because she thinks it's going to hurt. Yuck.

So, we just have to keep praying that the peripheral IV they have in her arm now will last and they won't have to redo it, again. She's also sleeping great which is good for Mommy and Daddy :)

Keep praying for the same things, and pray that we would maybe get to understand why this happened and how God is going to use this experience. Who needs to see His hand? (besides us:))

Love you all so much!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Hook Em

Well there are a couple of pieces of good news today....
The Longhorns won! And I'm pretty sure it's because of this little fan.
And the blood culture is still negative as of this morning! Praise Jesus!!!
It's still possible to grow bacteria but unlikely after this point. So, we are counting today as Day3 and continuing to pray that the culture stays negative. Now, we are looking at putting in a PIC line to finish out the antibiotics so that we don't have to keep moving her IV. The medicine is pretty hard on the veins so the doctors have recommended this as a good option. It's basically like an IV except she won't have anymore leads to drag around. Yea! The bummer is they have to poke her again to get it in. But I think Mommy and Daddy are going to step out this time. We're tired of seeing that.
So, please keep praying for the blood culture to stay negative, and for the doctor to successfully and quickly put in the pic line so that Mabry's little body can take the medicine a little bit easier.
We had a pretty good night last night and actually got some good sleep. Thanks for those prayers! And keep 'em coming!
We love you all and are so thankful. God is faithful!

Monday, January 5, 2009


5 Generations!

Thanks for your prayers! We are definitely feeling them. As of now, the blood culture from yesterday, Jan. 4, has not grown anything and is staying negative. If it stays that way, today would be considered day 2 of our 10 day antibiotic run and we would only have 8 more. Praise God! So please keep praying for a consistently negative culture!!! This also means that the medicine is working well. Mabry seems to be feeling better and better and you would never know she was sick if you were here with us now. That's the hard part for us.

As you know it's hard to get adequate rest in the hospital so please pray for that as well. Jeremiah and I need to take care of ourselves so we can take care of our baby girl. Last night Mabry was cranky for a lot of early hours. She has slept alot today, which I'm thankful for because she needs it to heal. I'm just worried she's getting her days and nights mixed up here. We are trying our best to stay in a routine, but the hospital doesn't seem to want to run on our routine for some reason... We would love for you to also pray for rest for Mabry - that she would sleep until she needs to eat, and then sleep some more. That she would not be confused, and that God would give us as the parents the knowledge to know what to do with her.

Thanks again for all your prayers, phone calls, and messages. We feel so loved and blessed to have so many friends and family on their knees beside us.

Pray for:
Negative blood culture
Sleep during the night
Guidance in how to care for her

Love you all!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Sweet Mabry

Well friends, our first few weeks "at home" are looking a little differently than we anticipated. Thursday, Jan.1, we brought Mabry to Cooks ER because she had a high temperature and have been here ever since. After running several tests and lots of poking the doctors found that she has a staph infection in her blood. They have been treating it with some strong antibiotics that seem to be working well. She feels better and is eating/sleeping/pooping/peeing normally. Because the medicine is so strong it sometimes makes her feel yucky and just causes discomfort for her little body. Our prayers right now are very specific: Pray that the blood sample they took today will not grow anymore bacteria. If it stays negative we will get to take her home in 10 days. If it is positive they will continue taking samples until a negative result, then we start the 10 day count down. I can't imagine the toll something like this takes on a 12 day old baby because I'm an adult who can barely hold it together. Please pray that God would comfort her little body and heal her quickly.

Thanks again for all your prayers. We saw through pregnancy and delivery that God is faithful and that he hears the prayers of the righteous so we are confident in that.