Jen’s first Kangaroo!

Good evening all. Just a couple quick updates:

1) Jen is still not feeling so great. Thankfully, her spinal headache now feels a little better, but her incision from the c-section is very painful. We are hoping it is not an infection and have a doctor’s appointment tomorrow morning to check it out. This has been really hard for both Jen and I because it has really limited the amount of time we can spend at the hospital. So hopefully this starts to get better soon.

2) Ava is continuing to eat and digest her food well. She is now up to 11ml of breast milk every 2 hours and she also has gained a little weight and is up to 1lb. 11 1/2 oz!

3) Jen’s roommate in antepartum for 2 weeks, Rachel, delivered her baby girl successfully today! Both of our families have become very close through this process and I am sure the 2 baby girls will be friends. Plus we have promised Rachel’s 4 year old daughter Layla a play date after Ava gets out of the hospital. Layla’s exact quote was, “It’s gonna be HUGE!” We are so thankful Rachel and baby are doing well. Our prayers were answered!

4) Finally the biggest news was that yesterday Ava was doing so well that they let Jen do Kangaroo Care! For those of you that do not know what that is, basically Ava laid directly on Jen’s chest for complete skin to skin contact. It was just the cutest thing ever and there are pictures below. Not only did Jen get to Kangaroo, but Ava tolerated it so well that she was able to for almost an hour and a half!

Again, I hope all of you like the blog. We just have appreciated all of the support from SO MANY people, so the least we can do is keep everyone updated. While things look good today, we know this is still a long journey, so we continue to appreciate all of the prayers. Thanks again and we hope you all appreciated TODAY!

Love,
Evan, Jen, and Ava

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10 thoughts on “Jen’s first Kangaroo!

  1. These are the best pictures ever! I’m so happy that you had time to snuggle with Ava. SOOOoo adorable! She is tiny but FIERCE (as Vanessa would say!)

    Love you both… Continuing to pray for all the great days ahead for the Chopp family!

  2. What amazing pictures! She is absolutely beautiful, and Jen looks wonderful too! It must be the baby glow! You can already tell that your little girl is destined for amazing things! Much love to all of you! Prayer is so powerful, and I will continue to send many your way!

  3. That’s awesome, guys!! I’m sure that was a treat for you, Jen. I’ll be back in Michigan from 10/8 – 10/14 and can’t wait to meet little Ava and see you guys.

  4. These pictures are so precious. Thank you for allowing me to be part of this journey. We will continue to pray for you all. Love you guys. Kisses to lil Ava!

  5. Hi to the three Chopp’s!
    Little Ava Lillian is so precious! What a special miracle God has sent to you to love and care for! Ron and I are so thrilled for you!
    We have been praying for you all as our children and their families have been, in addition to our church prayer chain and my Bible Study group! We will all continue to keep you on our hearts!
    Lots of love,
    Annie and Ron

  6. Evan and Jen, Congratulations on your fabulous and wonderful miracle baby! Ava looks amazing, and the pics are wonderful. Thanks also for the blog and for letting us share your journey, and bring the bounty of life into vivid perspective. Livin’ the dream, one day at a time. – Love to you all, Mary

  7. Wow! Amazing! Ava is such a beautiful baby girl. You both also have such a glow. You are beaming with pride for your incredible daughter.

    I just wanted to say how I have admired your positive attitude throughout your journey. Thank you for reminding me that everyday truly is a gift. I do hope that our paths cross soon.

    We think about you all of the time and we miss you!

    Love Michelle, Andrew and Blake from Vancouver

  8. Oh my goodness!!! That is just the most precious sight in the world!!! We are so thrilled for you guys and proud of little Miss Ava for being so “tough, brave” (as Mamie Jewel-age 3 would say)!!! 🙂 The blog looks great and thanks so much for the updates that make MI feel much closer to TN!! Love, The Nashville, TN Grondas

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