Saturday, March 28, 2009

March 27th - We Hold Ryan for the 1st Time!!!

Today, March 27th, we got to hold Ryan for the first time. We cannot put into words our joy at holding our little guy for the first time! It was beyond any words we could express.

Ryan did well while we held him for about 45 minutes. He is still on oxygen and having very few respiratory difficulties (although they still come and go). He dropped back down to just below 2 lbs., but we expect him to gain more weight in the coming weeks.

Tomorrow Lisa will get to hold him with skin-to-skin contact. That's where she holds him on her chest and covers him up and holds him for at least an hour. Joey will also try this in the next few days. This encourages bonding between baby and parent. We will also get to help change him and bathe him. We can't wait!

Please continue to keep us all in your thoughts and prayers. We really appreciate all the outpouring of love and kindness we have received.

Lisa, Joey, Alec and Ryan

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Today Ryan reached the 2 lb. mark!!! He's 2 lbs. 0.1 oz. He is still on the CPAPS and they are helping him breath better and maintain a more consistent heartbeat. They have increased his amount of nutrition and breast milk. Ryan moves around so much he messes up his sensors sometimes - he's just a strong little guy! Keep us all in your prayers!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Here's the newest picture of Ryan. Hope you can see that he has his eyes open a little.

Ryan has had some trouble breathing so he's been put back on the CPAPs. This is common for preemie's his size. Good news is that his blood tests have come back the way they should. There is a lot of 3 steps forward and one step back with an NICU baby.

We are visiting Ryan this evening, so look for some different pictures and another update. Please keep Ryan in your thoughts and prayers.

Thank you, Lisa, Joey and Alec

Monday, March 23, 2009


Ryan continues to breathe room air which is a a blessing. He still has an oxygen supplement to help maintain his heart rate and continued lung growth. Ryan has grown to 1 lb. 15 oz. Yeah!!!

Ryan had a bath today and the nurse said he seemed to enjoy it. Hopefully mom and dad will be able to help with some basic care soon.

While mom, dad and Alec visited today, Ryan opened his little eyes. We know he can't see us yet, but it was wonderful to see him with his eyes open. It's hard to tell but they look brown or darker in color.

Also, Ryan made little "squeaking" noises which is the first time we've heard him do that!