Korie will be 5 weeks old on Thursday, and Friday will be 4 weeks that we have been home. WOW! Where has the time gone? It has been a while since I’ve had a newborn at home to take care of. I totally forgot how time-consuming it is. Not to mention, Braylon and Cassidy have both had the stomach bug, Braylon has had strep throat and Michael is now in recovery mode from the stomach bug. We went all winter without even a sniffle, and then BAM I have a baby and everyone decides to get sick! I have the windows open today airing our house out!
I went in for my 4 week postpartum check-up today and took Korie with me. Dr. Riche’ wanted me to bring her by and I wanted him to see what a miracle she is. Of course everyone just fell in love with her! We have come a long way since October 10, our diagnosis day.
Korie is still doing pretty awesome. Her ventricles in her brain have actually decreased in size since we left the NICU. Dr. Ocal said this doesn’t mean we won’t ever need a shunt but right now she is looking good. Please continue to specifically pray for this. Her incision is almost completely healed. We are hoping when we go back on Thursday and Friday they will release her to be off her tummy and on her back. I was having to cath her 4 times a day when we got home from the hospital and now we are only doing this twice a day. And my hope is that we will be able to eliminate cathing altogether. Another prayer request. Last Thursday, on her 1 month birthday, Korie got her first set of casts for her feet. She will have them changed weekly for 10 weeks. After the 10 weeks, she will have a small surgery to snip her heel cord, and will be back in casts for another 3 weeks. She will then be in braces 24 hours a day for 3 months and nap time and bedtime for 3-4 years. Phew! I left the hospital last week very upset and angry at casting her and then I thought about it and realized these casts are something I should be thankful for rather than angry at. If it weren’t for the casts she would be facing an invasive surgery to correct her feet. I think we will stick with being grateful for knowledgable doctors who can help her without surgery. She has had some bouts with gas, she is a Stout you know, but overall is a happy happy baby girl. I even got a big ole smile out of her last night. Of course, it could have been the gas!
Now I want to take a minute to say THANK YOU for everything you all have done for us. We truly have an amazing support system of family and friends. I will not name anyone personally because I would forget someone and then feel terrible about it. But thank you all so much for the care package that was put together for me, the gift card and other monetary gifts, the diaper and wipes, the tons of clothes, blankets, photo session, the many delicious dinners, the offers to keep Braylon and Cassidy, the house cleanings, the trips to LR with me, the visits, the listening ear when I feel overwhelmed and need encouragement, and most importantly the prayers. Korie has countless people praying for her and everyday I see God working in her. I pray she will continue to be a testimony to the love and grace of God. I wish there were words to describe the gratitude I have for the way The Lord has looked out for us, but there’s not. I will continue to praise Him and give Him the glory for bringing Korie into our lives and the work He has done in her and in me.
Keep the prayers a comin’