Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Weight: 17lbs 1oz
Length: 25''
Chronological Age: 10 months, 22 days
Adjusted Age: 7 months, 5 days
Days Home from ACH: 202 days

Samuel's scooting in his walker, all snug and warm, as the snow comes down outside.  It looks we have over a foot of snow and it's STILL coming down.  For those of you who read this blog and AREN'T from Arkansas or the neighboring states....that's a LOT of snow for us!!!

It's been an amazingly good week and I've been dying to share our news!

First off, Samuel had an appointment with the pulmonologist on Monday.  After a quick visit with the doctor, we have permission to begin weening his oxygen again!  For the next 10 days, we will put him on a quarter of a liter while he sleeps.  If he does well, we get to drop down to an eighth of a liter for the following ten days.  After those ten days, we can try him off the oxygen entirely.  Not going to lie, I don't think he's ready to come off....but I'll take any progress.  Samuel thinks he's ready though (he keeps ripping the cannula and cannula dots off his face.)  Our oxygen supply company is not generous with them so we are having to use masking tape to hold it on his face...

Our second bit of good news came when Samuel saw the optometrist on Tuesday.  After a quick (and surprisingly painless) exam, he says, "Samuel's eyes are PERFECT. For a 24-weeker to have his eyes is like one in a million. You are lucky."  I am so thankful for all of the prayers that were prayed over his eyes.  I'm also thankful for Dr. Arrington, who made Samuel's eyes a priority.  It's hard to explain how much work went into protecting them.  During those months in the NICU, I posted a lot about Samuel's oxygen levels swinging all over the place (you can find one such post here.)  It was a fine balance between keeping the oxygen as low as possible to protect his eyes and high enough to prevent oxygen asphyxiation (which could lead to cerebral palsy.)  All of those stressful alarm-filled-days paid off....

As mentioned in a previous post, we have been waiting on our Tefra application to go through so we can have financial assistance with all of Samuel's doctors appointments, medical equipment, and prescriptions.  I heard back from someone yesterday and it looks like we are in the final stages of being approved.  I spent most of yesterday working through a little glitch.....hoping there won't be any more of those.

And last, but not least, Samuel can roll!!!!  He finally rolls back to front.  The first few times he did it, I wasn't paying attention and missed it.  Finally caught him in the act yesterday.  He only rolls to the left we are going to have to work on that.  Anyone's kid prefer to roll only one way?

That's our week so far...and it's only Wednesday!  We're on a roll.  (Literally.)


  1. Praise God!!! I love when we hear of the Miracles our God is doing and he is still working on Samuel and we continue to pray for him and Give God the Glory for what he is doing!!! Thank you so much for continuing to share with us, little Samuels progress. I appreciate, it does my heart God to see/read about the miracles!!!!

  2. Sarah, thanks so much for posting updates. I love to hear about Samuel and the wonderful progress he is making!! He is truly a miracle. He is continually in my thoughts and prayers!

  3. What a blesed boy Samuel is!!! He is so amazing. Your updates are the high point of my day!!!! Thank you Sarah!

  4. I love hearing good news! And Madeline would only roll to the right for the longest time.

  5. Samuel is a good sized fella!! He's the same size as some one year olds I know. Seriously! The little girl I babysat is 15 months old and weighs 18lbs!! Also, yes, when Jake started rolling, he rolled only one way for a while. Can't remember which way, but it was only that one way for a little while. :) Then it was eventually a mode of transportation... watch out!! I left the room to grab something once and came back to an empty room, so I thought. He was under the coffee table!!

  6. I stumbled on to your blog and found myself transfixed by your story. Thank you for sharing your story. The first time they roll over is so exciting! Enjoy!

  7. awesome reports....thanks so much...still continue to pray often for ya'll...and hear how God ya'll