Thursday, September 10, 2009

News Frenzy

Yesterday was a busy day for us. I went back to work after being gone for almost 3 months, we had our second interview with the New York times and we also spoke with channel 39 KIAH News. The interview was aired on the 9pm news this evening. The most important news of course is our little girls. Ashlyn is still fighting and seems to be making it through this pneumonia. She is so resilient and seizes to amaze us. We continue to hope and pray she will continue to fight and recover fully from this illness. Ashlyn's last head ultrasound showed no change to the size of her ventricles which is great news. We hope that in time she will be able to reabsorb the extra spinal fluid and not need any more spinal taps. They have not been able to do another spinal tap due to her current illness and due to the fact she is edematous. The other girls are doing fine. Haley is now getting fed more expressed breast milk and is tolerating it. Haley's latest head ultrasound showed the brain hemorrhage is resolving and getting better. Haley had a good day today. Rachel's last head ultrasound showed that her small grade 1 hemorrhage is completely gone. All the girls are growing and getting bigger. They have doubled their birth weight. Haley and Rachel are 2 pounds. Ashlyn is 1 1/2 pounds. We have not been able to hold them yet, but in time that happy moment will come. How joyous that day will be! We do get to touch their little hands and feet. They are such adorable little girls and we are so blessed to be their parents. How special they are to be here with us.

17 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing these great news! The girls are growing and getting stronger each day! Congratulations Amanda and Thomas for all the hard work! You deserve the blessings and our Heavenly Father is with you along the way. I continue to pray for the precious little girls to keep growing stronger and healthier every day. He listens! Thank you again for keeping up with the updates. Love, Claudia

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  2. Such wonderful news! i think the whole world is cheering for you and the baby girls! i can only imagine the joy you will have when you finally get to hold them in your arms and whisper in their tiny ears words of gratitude and love. I am so grateful to have read of your family in the Church News and to follow your journey. You are remarkable, your testimonies shine. we are so blessed. Thank you for sharing! i do love you all! Erma

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  3. It's good to hear your little ladies are doing well. They are such fighters. Just watch out for those toddler years. While doing IVF I hoped for twins, but now that my singleton is a toddler I'm thankful she's our only one. LOL... Soon you will get to experience them to the fullest. I can't wait until you guys can take them home.

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  4. We are glad to hear that the girls are all making progress, small steps forward. We will continue sending positive thoughts your way. We did not hold our son until he was 45 days old - hang in there. Hopefully you will be able to hold them soon. It felt like launching sputnik (all of the tubes and wires, O2, Vent, Nitric oxide, etc) but so worth it!

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  5. I think you need to post some pictures of these babies already! ;-)

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  6. I am glad the girls are doing well. That is great news about Haley and Rachel's hemorrhages. Sounds like they are all hanging in there and doing well. Thanks for the continuos updates. I know you will post pictures when you are ready but I can't wait to see how beautiful they are.

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  7. These little girls are such strong little spirits! I am so happy to hear they are growing and healing through these ups and downs. I didn't know you hadn't been able to hold them yet! How wonderful that will be! I can't to see those pictures!! ;) Much love and prayers.

    The Halls,

    Weston, Emily, Warren & Benjamin (KW1)

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  9. Glad the girls are holding strong. I put both of you and all the girls names in the Twin Falls Temple. Hope you don't mind. Reading your story has helped me to be a better Mother to my crew. Keep up the great work!

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  10. I am Amanda's aunt, Diane, and I can tell you that Amanda and Thomas do not care about GETTING 15 minutes of fame for themselves but rather in GIVING 15 minutes of faith and updates on the girls to the many caring people who have been following their journey. That is the same reason they have spent time away from their babies to daily update this blog. And in order to give freshness and life (and not exhaustion) to these little ones they occasionally need a break. It is not taking anything away from the girls but rather resupplying that which they can give to them.
    In today's media there are many examples of of overly ambitious parents and for that very reason it is especially nice to see an example of faithful and dedicated parents like Amanda and Thomas.

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  12. I am so happy to hear about your girls' progress. I remember the first time I got to hold one of my girls. She was a week old and it happened to be Christmas Day! It was the best present ever. There is no feeling like it....So worth the wait! I hope you will get to experience it soon.

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  13. Diane (Amanda's aunt), I'm with you! Amanda and Thomas are examples of faith and their testimony is touching a lot of hearts. I think they are dedicated parents and are doing a great job with the babies. I hope they have more chances to get away and occasionally enjoy a break.

    Amanda and Thomas, thank you for GIVING 15 minutes of faith and updates on the girls to the many caring people who have been following your journey. Yesterday I was concearned when I didn't see any updates. After the good news, I was finally able to go to bed. What a great night I had! :)

    Lots of love and prayers.

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  14. Amanda and Thomas, I am so happy to hear that the girls are getting stronger everyday. I pray for you and your girls daily and appreciate you taking time to update your blog. It will be such an awesome day when you get to hold them. Pictures would be wonderful but fully understand why none are being taken at this time. Prayers and Hugs. Sherri

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  15. what a wonderful day it will be when you get to hold them

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