Saturday, January 20, 2007

I have a niece! *Update*

My sister, Kimberly, delivered her baby girl, Ava Grace, yesterday at 3:14pm. She was 4 weeks early. She weighs 4 lbs. 6 oz., and is 18.5 in. long!

*Update* I've added a few pictures of Ava at Kimberly's blog.

Kimberly went in for a routine doctor's appointment on Thursday and Ava's heartrate had dropped dramatically, so the doctor said they would induce her the next morning after giving her a little Pitocin all night to soften things up. They were quite shocked to be having a baby so soon, and Kimberly kept saying to me, "My house is a mess and we don't even have a car seat in the car!"

Ava is in the NICU, mostly because she is so small and also for some respiratory problems. The sacs in her lungs are not opening properly, so they are giving her a medication to help with that.

Please pray that her lungs will heal completely, she will be able to hold fluids to gain weight, and for Kimberly and Kurt as they deal with having a baby in NICU. Kurt's grandmother passed away one week before Ava was born, so this has been a very hard, emotional week for their whole family.

I will update as soon as I know anything else. Thank you all for praying, and thank you, Kerri, for commenting on here and letting everyone know to pray for Kimberly and Ava.

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Kerri Schaefer said...

We are praying for baby Ava's lungs to get stronger and sustain her. We are glad she is doing well even though she is so tiny. We know God is holding her in His hands and strengthing her. I now know how hard leaving your baby at the hospital is and I am especailly praying for Kurt and Kimerbly. I pray they will seek comfort and peace in the Lord's promises to us. We love you guys and are so apperciative of the support and prayers for Malachi!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I'll be praying for you all and hope that she strengthens soon so she can leave NICU.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to your whole family on the birth of Miss Ava. We will be keeping you all in our prayers. Hope she is home with Kimberly and Kurt soon!!

jettybetty said...

How exciting that Ava is here! I will be praying that her lungs heal quickly so she can go home very soon!

What a neat thing those care pages are--I am remembering Malachi, too.

You have so much going on--I am praying for you, too!

Anonymous said...

We are glad to hear that Ava is here. We will pray for her saftey and health. Those babies are strong and have a way of pulling through a lot. We will keep everyone in our prayers.

lrlwreath said...

Congrats, praying for those lungs. My son was exactly the same way, he was 3lbs when he was born. You wouldn't know it looking at him now!! =)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Auntie Jenn! Funny because I was just thinking about sending you an email yesterday to see how your sister was doing because there had not been any updates since the sonogram. I left a comment for your sister on her blog and oohhed and ahhed over the pretty baby for a few minutes. My prayers are with you and your family.

Anonymous said...

loved the pics of baby ava she is beautiful. praying for all 3 of them and especially the strength of miss Ava!

Grafted Branch said...

Congratulations to your sister! I was going to use the name Ava Grace for one of my girls, but when they got here, it just didn't fit...but, wow...beautiful.

The header on your blog is so beautiful that when I saw it on Carol's (She Lives) blogroll preview, I just had to click over.

Barb said...

Ava is precious. My word, she's so tiny. Congratulations to you all and yes, I'll pray for her little lungs right away. She's just absolutely precious.

Anonymous said...

Wow!! What a busy, emotional, crazy week you've all had!! Ava is one beautiful little girl, thanks for sharing the pictures of your new niece. I will be keeping all of you in my prayers!!

The Best Family said...

Hey, Jennifer -
She is absolutely precious! My 4th baby was born at 35 weeks, and I was induced as well... for risks associated with my health.... it was a scary time, he spent some time in the NICU, and he was a tiny little 5-lb delicate guy.... but to give you guys a success story, here we are just one year later and he is a big ol' 29-lb bruiser... you would never believe that hewas a tiny little premie!
I will be praying for strength for all 3 of them dunring this emotional and difficult time. The NICU is a hard place to be... it is such a helpless feeling! Do you think Kimberly would remember me if I left her a comment on her blog?

aggiejenn said...

Summer...I think Kimberly would remember you! I'm still here with her, so I will pass the comments on to her (she's not near a computer most days). Thanks everyone for your prayers. Ava is doing a little better every day and we are so thankful!

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