Saturday, April 25, 2009


Sorry it's been 2 days since I've posted. There have been good changes and concerns so let me update you.

GREAT NEWS! Ryan weighed a whopping 4 lbs. 1 oz. the night of April 24th (although he had just eaten and had a full belly)! But it's wonderful that he has made it to the 4 lb. mark. Ryan has been moved from the high flow nasal cannula to the low flow nasal cannula today. They will see how he does breathing more on his own.

NOT SO GREAT NEWS! There are some concerns about Ryan's lungs. He has been breathing fast. He may have fluid on the lungs which they can give him medicine to treat. Or he may have a condition called Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia which is a lung condition that affects premature babies (babies born more than 10 weeks early, under 2 2/1 lbs., and having breathing problems). It is a form of lung disease and can be caused by the pressure of mechanical ventilation i.e. the oxygen machines Ryan has been on to keep him breathing.

We don't know Ryan has this condition yet, but please say an extra prayer for him and continue to keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

MORE GREAT NEWS! Ryan's head ultrasound came back normal!!

Thank you to all of you have been so supportive, loving, and caring!

Lisa, Joey, Alec and Ryan

Thursday, April 23, 2009


Ryan weighed 3 lbs. 10.6 oz. last night! He will be 4lbs. before you know it!

He's doing pretty good on the high flow nasal cannula. He's having very few breathing episodes, which is good news. He is still not able to regulate his body temperature on his own, but he is getting closer.

Lisa got to hold Ryan today and he did really well. She also got to watch him get bottle fed. Since he's so new at it the nurse had to do it, but hopefully she can help soon. Look for pictures to be posted later of his bottle feeding.

GREAT NEWS! Ryan has been upgraded from a Level 3 to a Level 2, which is like going from critical to stable. He still has a long road to travel to come home, but it's a wonderful step in the right direction.

JOEY NEWS: Joey is now a licensed architect!!! He has his certificate now!

Please keep us all in your thoughts and prayers,

Lisa, Joey, Alec and Ryan

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Ryan weighed a whopping 3 lbs. 9 oz. last night! He has almost doubled his birth weight (which was 1 lb. 13 oz.).

He's doing pretty well on the high flow nasal cannula and only had 2 bradycardia episodes, which is pretty good considering he's doing most of his breathing on his own.

Lisa got to do Kangaroo Care with him last night and give him a bath too!

Will keep you updated on any new developments!

Don't forget to visit his other website too for lots of pictures:

Thank you for your support, prayers and love!

Lisa, Joey, Alec and Ryan

Monday, April 20, 2009


Ryan weighed 3 lbs. 6.3 oz. last night and was 15 1/2" long!!! He's growing so well.

He's doing really well on the high flow nasal cannula, which provides extra oxygen while he breathes. So far he is doing well and we will continue to watch his progress.

Exciting news today is that Ryan got to bottle feed today for the first time and he did really well!!! Right now he will be bottle feeding once a day with the goal to get him bottle feeding 3 times per day. Once he can do that successfully, he can be breast fed.

All of his Monday test results came out good! His bone test numbers went down again and are almost normal now. His big test this week is his six week head ultrasound.

We are just one step closer to having Ryan come home with his family.

Please keep Ryan in his thoughts and prayers!

Thank you for all of your support, prayers and love,

Lisa, Joey and Alec

Sunday, April 19, 2009


Ryan weighed 3 lbs. 4.9 oz. last night!

We spoke to the doctor this morning and they said since Ryan is making progress in his breathing, they are going to take him off of the Vapotherm and see how he does. We are very excited with this development.

Please keep Ryan in your prayers!


Thank you. Lisa, Joey, Alec and Ryan