Friday, October 7, 2011

My Biggest Blessing Is Emily

Last night before I went to bed I made one last phone call to the hospital to check in on my little one.
"She's asleep," the nurse told me.  "But I can't get the nurse technician to put her in her crib.  She's been holding her for an hour."
The nurses love Emily and I'm quite certain they look forward to when we leave so that they can get in their cuddle time.
When I called this morning I was told that the nurse technician held Emily for almost two hours.
"Will that nurse technician be coming home with us then?  So that when I can't get Emily to sleep in her crib at night someone will be there to hold her?"
The nurse laughed and said, "Sorry.  We really have spoiled your baby."
If there's anyone who deserves spoiling, it's probably Emily.

As we expected, they pushed Emily's release day to Monday...maybe.
This time the delay is actually a small blessing.
One of my best friends is getting married tomorrow - in Idaho.
With Emily in the hospital, I can make the trip to the wedding, worry free...and Jason can have quality Emily time, thus guaranteeing his role as the favorite parent.

(sorry for the grainy quality...the picture was taken with a phone)

This little lady has managed to work her way so far into my heart I'll never be the same.
She is such a good baby, and every day I'm inspired by her strength.  For what she's been through, she is entitled to a bad day once in a while.
And yet she smiles at everyone she sees, and patiently endures every poke, every x-ray, every check of her vital signs...

Her appointment with the Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist went mostly well.
She has nothing wrong with her anatomy that would prevent her from eating from a bottle.
She simply isn't strong enough to coordinate her sucking and swallowing.
They're going to give her 6 weeks to regain some of her strength before they test her again.
The speech therapist isn't totally optimistic that Emily will have improved in 6 weeks.

I believe in the power of fasting.
In our church one Sunday a month is set aside as 'fast Sunday.'
We are asked to fast and pray for those things that are the most important to us at that time.
This coming Sunday is fast Sunday for us, and my family and Jason and I are going to join together in fasting and praying specifically for little Emily: for her strength to improve enough to be able to eat a bottle safely.
In the big picture, drinking a bottle is a small thing, compared to the other things we have prayed for in Emily's behalf.
And yet even the small things are important to God, and I'm trusting in Him to help my little one once again.

Life, even when it's ridiculously hard, is made easier when you allow God to be a part of it.
I'll be forever grateful for that knowledge.

Have a fabulous weekend friends!


10 comments:

Cox Family said...

We'll be fasting for Emily too.

Dazee Dreamer said...

Dear Noelle
You are the strongest person I know. You inspire me.

Tiffany said...

She is looking so good! I'm amazed with all that she's been through, she still has some meat on her bones. Spoil on RN's and techs!!

Beth Zimmerman said...

Hey Sweet Girl!

Just checking in you guys! Sorry it's still a battle ... but just think of what miracles you will be able to proclaim! And how the Lord can use your experience to comfort others! Joining you in prayer!

Beth

trublubyu said...

will add emily to my fast as well.

Sandra said...

I am so happy to fast for Emily. I am asking my kids to join me.

I was up at the U yesterday for a conference. If I hadn't been with other people I would have stopped by. But I sent love waves through the air as we drove by.

Love you three

TheBlogWriter8 said...

You deserve to take that break the wedding is offering you. Enjoy the flight. Soak in your free time. Emily and her Daddy will be safe.

I love seeing this gorgeous baby girl! :) The sight of her makes me so happy!

Now that I've heard fairly good news from you, I'll sleep well here. Tomorrow can be my special prayer day for Em.

Hugs and kisses!

Joann Mannix said...

"This little lady has managed to work her way so far into my heart I'll never be the same."

What lovely words.

Welcome to the world of motherhood. Life will never, ever be the same once those glorious creatures enter our lives.

I will join you in prayer and fasting, (the fasting part, when I get back home) so that our Emily can learn to drink a bottle safely.

Thanks for all the pictures of that little love. I love her fuzzy blonde hair.

Karen said...

I'm joining your fast today and I'll be praying for little Emily!!

le Chef said...

"Life, even when it's ridiculously hard, is made easier when you allow God to be a part of it."

I'm glad you figured that out, because wandering in the dark for years makes those hard times desperate and lonely times.