Ava turns 2 weeks….Busy 36 hours!

Good morning everyone. I hope you all have great weekends planned with your family and friends.

Well, I better get to the updates, because a lot has happened in 36 hours. First, right as I was finishing my last update, Ava was meeting her first Great Grandma, Nana! Ava is very lucky to still have 3 Great Grandmas currently in her life. Nana is Pam’s (Jennifer’s mom) mom. So fortunately our nurse let Jen, Pam, and Nana all in the NICU at the same time (limit is normally 2 people) to get a picture of 4 generations of mothers and daughters. So cool.

Then, yesterday morning at 9:22am, Ava turned 2 weeks old! So many parents continue to tell us how time flies with a newborn, but I still thought it would be different with Ava in the NICU. So far I have been wrong. I can’t believe it has already been 2 weeks..where has the time gone?!?! Jen and I also introduced Ava to the Facebook world yesterday morning. While many people knew about her birth, we never officially posted anything. After the post yesterday, it was overwhelming to see all of the love, support, kind words, and prayers just flow in all day. While I have never been the biggest Facebook person, it has been an unbelievable resource for us during this process to keep family and friends updated. So I guess I have to say thanks Facebook?!?

Big news on Ava is that yesterday she got her PICC line (similar to an IV) removed!!! It is absolutely incredible but after only 2 weeks in the NICU the ONLY tube/needle/etc running inside Ava is her feeding tube (which she will have until at least 32 weeks). Speaking of the feeding tube, Ava is now up to 16ml of breast milk every 3 hours, which is the maximum for a baby her size. She actually lost a little weight last night (now 1lb, 12oz again), but doctors are still not concerned. Her weight had been increasing each day, so they are definitely pleased with that. They are now adding fortifier to the milk in order to give her more calories.

A couple other things…Ava moved yesterday. Every 2 weeks they change the baby’s incubators, so Ava was due. She also lost the last piece of her umbilical cord, so you can now see her belly button. Jen got to Kangaroo again, but also was able to give Ava a little bath (more of a wipe down, but we will call it a bath).

Ok, I think I got everything… On a side note, if anybody has any questions, please just send us a reply. I am trying to cover everything I can, but if I miss something or you are curious about something, please let us know. If can’t tell we are happy to share about our journey and know so many of you care about us and Ava. Thanks again for everything and we hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Love,
Ava, Jen, and Evan

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4 thoughts on “Ava turns 2 weeks….Busy 36 hours!

  1. Hi Evan, Bye, bye PICC line! Great photos of the four generations. I have friends from St. Mary’s Student Parish in A2 who have three daughters who started life early, like Ava. All three are health, strapping teenagers now. Anyway, Julie and Brian wanted you to know that their first daughter was also born at Oakwood and was 1 lb, 8 oz, also at 27 weeks. She’s now a 19 year old MSU student. Julie says you’re in good hands at Oakwood (as you know, obviously). She also wanted you to know that they’d be really happy to talk with you about the experience and what they learned, having been down this road three times. Medical knowledge has obviously come a long way in the last 19 years, but if you are ever interested in talking with them, their email addresses are jkoepele@hotmail.com and Koepeleb@hotmail.com. They’re part of Ava’s fan club and prayer group, Love, Liz

  2. Thank you for the updates.. We will continue to keep Ava and Jen in our thoughts and prayers. She is beautiful and she will always help you stay grounded in life. JoAnn Chavez

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