Sunday, June 7, 2009

How's Hope?


Thank you all so much for praying for sweet Hope! Look at that face! Is she not scrumptious?! I am happy to report that she is doing well. She is a pleasant baby who sleeps a lot and nurses like a champ! The boys are just absolutely loving her and our house is overflowing with sheer joy. I never thought I would be so thankful for late night feedings, our alone time in the quiet of the night is such sacred time for me. I am just loving her to pieces and honestly, not sharing her very well.

As for her blisters, we are praising God that NO new ones have developed since we were in the Hospital on Wednesday. Her left foot has only one small blister that seems to be healing nicely, her right foot on the other hand is quite painful. She has three larger blisters that ARE healing but are very raw, and at the edge of the one is where the did the biopsy Thursday so she has a little stitch there. None of this seems to bother her aside from at bandage change time, which is heart wrenching for all of us. We would greatly appreciate your prayers for bandage change time. Howard has been so amazing, though I know it is so tough for him he has really taken charge and I provide the comfort while he does the "dirty work". I am so thankful for him!

As for me, after Thursday's trip to Pittsburgh I was quite sore and it has taken me a few days to recover from that. I am doing well, and Hope and I are blessed to have the three men of the household taking care of us. We are taking it easy and just hanging out. Hope and I watched our first chick flick together the other night. I can't say she was impressed.

So, thank you for praying, your prayers are being felt. I have felt so encouraged by your prayers and messages. Thank you!

66 comments:

Pineapple Princess said...

Praying for your miracle of total and COMPLETE healing!!

Anonymous said...

Praise you, God! Thank you! Thank you for no new blisters!

Hilary said...

Praise God!
What good, good news! You continue to be in my prayers and I will specifically pray for dressing change time for little Hope.
Those late night feedings and times together are so precious!
Have a great night!

Anonymous said...

I am so thankful to hear there are no new blisters! She has been in my thoughts and prayers. I always loved the late night feeding with just me and my little boy and the rest of the world asleep. Hope is so adorable and precious!!
Laurie Garrett

Anonymous said...

did they test her for Herpes? that causes blisters at birth .

Ki said...

Hope is so absolutely gorgeous. What a face! Congratulations! I know all babies are beautiful- I always think mine are especially beautiful- but seriously, you're not just prejudiced- she is just as cute as she can possibly be! I'm praying for your precious little one.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Praying for a miracle...

Sandy M. said...

She really is so adorable! Congrats and I pray for no new blisters!!!!

Laura said...

Thinking of you....praying for you too.

Rest in the quietness...such a gift and no longer something to be afraid of. I loved the late nights when I had a baby in my arms.

Much love to all of you!

Corinne said...

She's beautiful! I'd have a hard time sharing her too! Congrats on this beautiful addition to your amazing family! I'll continue to be praying for you all.

Our life is a bowl of Barry's said...

She looks so very sweet. Linked to your blog from the Williams blog. Wishing you all the very best. I'll pray no new blisters!!!

asplashofsunshine said...

How's Hope??? SHE IS SMASHINGLY GORGEOUS! Is that even a word? Well, now it is. Thanks for the update and, of course, the photo too.

Rachaellh said...

Praise the Lord for no new blisters! Enjoy your beautiful baby!

Ali Rae said...

She is BEAUTIFUL!! I think her little nose looks like Isaac's!

Elena said...

She is precious and beautiful and her name is perfect. Congratulations and have "hope" that all will be well with the blister situation.

Kristin said...

She is very beautiful! Congratulations and I will be praying for her and your family.

Anonymous said...

Awwww...
She's so precious.
Congratulations!

Just'N Angel said...

She is absolutely gorgeous! I will pray for you all. Love the sweet pink outfit and hat!

Queen Mumma said...

What a great update!!

Michelle said...

awesome news!

i cannot tell you how my heart broke when i read your entry saying she had blisters - after seeing what little Jonah goes through, i was praying it wasn't EB.

but then i prayed for healing, which medically speaking would be a miracle. and it looks like that's what God is giving us! she looks WONDERFUL!

and she's beautiful. :-)

praying for healing for both of you... i understand physical pain and hope both of yours goes away. ;-)

- michelle

Becky said...

She is so pretty! Congratulations and praises!

stephanie said...

I don't think there is a word sufficient enough in the english language to describe that face.I'll leave it at enchanting.

So glad there are no new blisters! Will continue to pray for her bandage changes and quick healing.

Take it easy, and enjoy.

Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace said...

Continuing in prayer...and rejoicing with you!!!!! She is just precious. Wallow in the joy, Kristy! Cherish every moment...as I know you are!

Anonymous said...

I think she looks just like Isaac. Still praying in Chicago.

our family said...

She is beautiful! So glad you all are enjoying her and that no new blisters have developed. Praying for the other blisters to heal and no more to come!!! Praying that you continue to rest and recover and most of all enjoy precious time with your family.
Hugs and Prayers
Rachel in PA

Anonymous said...

She is so beautiful! I am so glad to read there are no new blisters and that you are recuperating together nicely.

You continue to be in my prayers - especially for dressing changes.

BTW - I had a friend whose son was born with blisters on his hands. The doctors determined it was from sucking on them in-utero... He's now a happy, healthy 9 year old. Just a thought...

Becky McMillan

Charity said...

Praise the Lord for no new blisters, and that sweet baby girl is absolutely beautiful!

Christa @ Quintooples said...

YEAY!!! That's fantastic news, and she IS SO adorable.

Loving the pinkness. =)

Anonymous said...

She is soooo precious. I think she looks just like you!

Sara said...

Just wondering what wound care dressing you are using? There are special products called Mepilex, mepilex lite and transfer and mepitel that are wonderful for EB blisters/wounds and promote rapid healing! I'd be happy to send you some extras we have for you to try till you know for sure if she has EB.

Shannon said...

Praise God she's doing so well! I will keep praying.

libby @ ninesandquines said...

She is just breathtakingly beautiful!!!!!!!! Congratulations and praying that all of the tests come back with happy news :-)

Jessica mommy to Alex/ RTS said...

Im so glad no new blisters have come! She is gorgeous!

fulksfam said...

She is absolutely beautiful! Praying for easy, painless dressing changes and increasing health for your sweet girl.

Love and blessings, the Fulks family (friends of baby Jonah)

Anonymous said...

I am praying for you and your sweet family, she is so beautiful!

As for the blisters, my youngest gets tiny blisters between her toes and I use Lansinoh on them, it is for breastfeeding related cracks and soreness but it works amazingly well on scrapes, scratches and blisters, they heal up very fast after just one application. It is worth a try ;)

Have a great week and congrats! You have a lovely family.
~T~

Miche said...

She is so beautiful! Congrats and praise God for no new blisters. Keep on healing little girl :)

StephGould said...

praying for HOPE ( LOVE her name!! ) and for you. This baby is perfect no matter what.......

Kathaleen said...

She is just beautiful! ~Enjoy~ :)

Chris said...

I am so happy to hear that she is doing good. I found your blog last week from April's mom and I have spent hours reading it. I am so sorry for you 2 beautiful angels .
Hope is a gorgeous baby and I am so happy that she is doing great .
Thinking and praying for you .
Enjoy your little princess.

Millie said...

She is beautiful!!!!! I'm so glad she has not developed any more blisters! I'll be praying for dressing change time. Enjoy your princess! Congratulations!!
Millie and Colin-HLHS

Suzanne said...

She is one of the most beautiful babies I've ever seen! Congratulations! I will pray her blisters will be gone in no time.
Suzanne

Kirsten said...

She is precious!! It is wonderful to hear how much you are loving and enjoying Hope. We'll continue praying for healing. Enjoy every minute. Praise God for Howard and what an amazing husband, father and nurse he is. :o)

Rebecca said...

What an amazing God we have! I am so happy that Hope is doing well. She is *so* beautiful. I know what you mean about the late night feedings too. That was sacred, precious time for me as well.

Gene and Annie said...

Just want to let you know that we are praying for your family as well here in Indiana! What a sweet blessing your new baby girl is bringing to you and your family! May God continue to show Himself in your sweet family!

Susan said...

BEAUTIFUL! I love her! Keep the photos coming! We are still praying for her! (& your recovery as well.) My Aaron his an adhesive allergy and breaks out/blisters at every site where the plastic medical tape touches his skin. It seems only to be tape adhesive and so it is pretty manageable. I pray that Hope has a similar "thing" and it is easily managed by keeping the plastics/adhesives away! Take Care!

Kim (marygracesummons.blogspot.com) said...

I will continue to pray for complete healing Kristy. She is scrumptious for sure!! I wish I could hold her!
Love you,
Kim

Fireflyforever said...

I haven't been in blogland recently so I haven't had a chance to say CONGRATULATIONS on the birth f your beautiful, adorable, scrumptious little princess. You have 5 stunning babies, mama.

Praying for total healing for little Hope.

Mirna said...

Hope is super gorgeous! Have prayed for complete healing for both of you. Enjoy that little bundle of joy! ;)

purejoy said...

she is beautiful and we are praying!

bec74 said...

The Lord we serve is a Lord of Miracles...HOPE is a Miracle and she will be OK....God bless your beautiful family!!! Praying for you non-stop!

Catherine said...

Beautiful, beautiful baby:) I am so thrilled that she is home and healthy!! You deserve all the happiness in the world!

Jackie said...

That picture reminds me of when my youngest (only girl) was a newborn and I had a little hat sort of like that. I thought she looked like a tulip. Baby Hope does look like a beautiful tulip in that picture.
My middle child had similar blisters when he was an infant. I honestly thought that my husband was holding him and smoking at the same time, and burnt him. I was furious. This happened on 2 occastions. The Dr noticed it on a visit, and he said that my son was the first case he had ever seen in real life. And because if was so minor not to be concerned. I didn't even know what he was talking about because I had never hear of this skin disorder. He would get spots, they would blister and then heal. He has out grown this. Like the Dr said he would. And he never had anything more serious than a few at a time. I will pray that this is what Hope will do.
She is beautiful

Jo said...

GORGEOUS! Praying. :D

Nicole said...

Congratualtions! She is BEAUTIFUL!

Andrea said...

WOW! She is such a gorgeous baby. Enjoy this precious newborn time. It is so exhausting but so sweet.

malette-foreveryoung said...

Praise the Lord
I am glad that she is doing well, I am sure that you have a lot of help caring for her.
Praying that you will not have to change dressing much longer.
Enjoy her and her brothers

Deb D. said...

She is truly lovely! I smiled when I read how you weren't doing very well in the sharing category. I think that is so okay. :-) Love that the two of you already took in a chic flick together. How dear to know there will be ever so many more. Just delighted to know there are no new blisters. That is surely a terrific (!) sign. Very happy for you, and so thankful for God's mercy to Hope and to your family. Blessings!

Anonymous said...

Praying for you little girl!
I wanted to pass this along just in case it could help speed the healing of her blisters. There is a herb(weed) that grows in most yards, called plantain. It works wonders on my skin irratations. When my little ones gets stings you can chop or tear it up and just place it on the spot, I like to put a bandaid over it and just let it sit until the next bandaid change time. I know it sounds strange but it really works. You can google plantain herb and find a lot of info on it. you can also go to morethanalive.com or bulkherbstore.com to read about it.

Oh, by the way she is just too adorable!! It makes me want another little girl!!

bri said...

She is beautiful!!! She looks so much like her brothers it is PRICELESS!!!
congratulations and I am praying for complete healing of your precious little girl!!!

Heather said...

she is so beautiful! so thankful to hear she is doing well and that no new blisters have developed!

Christy said...

That is wonderful! I have been praying and wondering how things are going. I will continue to pray for Hope, for you and your continued healing and rejuvination and for your family/friend support group that they are close by and they too would be refueled. I hope you and your family have a wonderful week full of new blessings and continued improvement!!!! God Bless!

Marie said...

I saw this poem on another blog and it made me think of Isaac and Asher:

I thought of you and closed my eyes
And prayed to God today.
I asked what makes a Mother
And I know I heard him say.

A Mother has a baby
This we know is true.
But God can you be a Mother
When your baby's not with you?

Yes, you can He replied
With confidence in His voice
I give many women babies
When they leave is not their choice.

Some I send for a lifetime
And others for a day.
And some I send to fill your womb
But there's no need to stay.

I just don't understand this, God
I want my baby here
He took a breath and cleared His throat
And then I saw a tear.

I wish I could show you
What your child is doing today.
If you could see your child smile
With other children and say

"We go to earth and learn our lessons
Of love and life and fear.
My Mommy loved me oh so much
I got to come straight here."

I feel so lucky to have a Mom
Who had so much love for me
I learned my lesson very quickly
My Mommy set me free.

I miss my Mommy oh so much
But I visit her each day.
When she goes to sleep
On her pillow's where I lay.

I stroke her hair and kiss her cheek
And whisper in her ear
"Mommy don't be sad today
I'm your baby and I'm here."

So you see my dear sweet one
Your children are OK
Your babies are here in My home
And this is where they'll stay.

They'll wait for you with me
Until your lesson is through
And on the day that you come home
They'll be at the gates for you.

So now you see what makes a Mother
It's the feeling in your heart.
It's the love you had so much of
Right from the very start.


Great to hear Hope is doing well!

asplashofsunshine said...

I'm leaving two comments on one post... just can't get enough of that sweet sleepy face. :) SOOOO ADORABLE and PRECIOUS! (Enough from me, until the next post.)

Cathy said...

She is so beautiful in her pink and I am sure every other color. Thank you for the update. i check in often to see about the blisters. Glad she is nursing well and sleeping good. Praying for your strength and energy.

Lori said...

Yea!! Been praying for you!

LA said...

I am so glad your Hope is doing well. I will pray that she continues to thrive and that no more blisters appear. We just had our 3rd child; a little girl we named Hope! She will be 7 weeks old Thursday. Needless to say, I love your daughter's name and I know it contains much meaning for your family.