Ava’s Progress at home

Hi everyone! We have truly missed posting updates on our sweet girl, but as you can imagine, we are busy parents adjusting to home life with our newborn. Our goal is to be better with updates going forward, even if it’s just some photos.

Let’s catch you all up since Ava came home with us! As we mentioned before, Ava was on the “B” feeding schedule in the NICU, which was every three hours: 7am, 10am, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm, 10pm, etc. We continued on that schedule, so at least we knew when Ava would be feeding. At first, we set the alarm at night, but our little clock would wake us up before the alarm! She was doing great with feeding even from day 1 and continued to gain weight. We were lucky enough to have already made an appointment with Ava’s new pediatrician, Dr. Musci after the first weekend Ava was home and at her weight check on Monday, she had gained about an ounce per day which we were very happy about. Since then, Ava hit 5 pounds, 8 ounces as of this Friday!! Dr. Musci was extremely happy with this weight gain and is expecting Ava to keep gaining gradually as she has been. Almost in the 6 pound club?!

We had a great Thanksgiving this year. As you can imagine, Evan and I had tears in our eyes so many times that day, as we were just so very thankful for what we have. We are so incredibly blessed. It was just the three of us at home, even though the family offered to come over and cook for us, we just thought it would be best to keep things low key. You will be very proud of us though, we cooked our first turkey! It turned out great. Wow! Thank you Mom for getting us the goods. We felt like official parents with our turkey and our baby. See the pic below of Mommy’s Little Turkey. Yes, that is a gingerbread turkey cookie, Evan’s fav. Thank you Aunt Patti. 🙂 We also got some great leftovers, they were so yummy. Thank you Erin and Mark, Jim and Mar. Somehow when you have your new baby home, there is no time to cook!

As far as Ava’s eyes, we have extremely good news. She has followed up with Dr. Baker, her eye doctor that saw her in the NICU two times. We have been back two times since she came home and you will be very happy to hear that the nerves in her eyes are growing, which again is the main thing the doc looks for in preemies. As of Thursday, Ava’s right eye nerve has completely grown and her left eye is almost there. We have a follow up in two weeks and the doctor expects to see the nerve completely grown in both eyes. Fantastic news for Ava!

As I write this, Ava is laying in her little lamb rocker, which is something she loves to sleep in. She also loves her Baby Einstein Ocean play mat that lights up and has little ocean animals that hang down for her to grab and touch. She really likes the octopus and the whale. She has a bouncer seat that she barely fits in, but likes that as well. You can see her playing in those below. You can also see her in her car seat, all ready for the doctor! The only trips Ava has made is doctor visits and a few car rides. As far as clothes, Ava has almost grown out of preemie clothes! She fits into some newborn sizes, some with room to grow.

Evan and I are doing pretty well. We are definitely enjoying our time with our angel. We are a good team so we are helping each other out when we need to, taking turns on feedings and changings. We are looking very forward to Christmas and taking our daughter to her first Christmas mass to celebrate the birth of our savior. What a true blessing!

Don’t forget – every day is a good day.
Jennifer, Evan, and Ava