January 19, 2013

UPDATE (1/19/13) -goodnight-

What a great day!

Beckett has held an ‘acceptable’ heart rate nearly all day today. The surgeon did put in another drainage tube this afternoon which drained over 100ml of fluid (which is a ton for a baby his size). He’s also had multiple bowel movements (sorry if that’s gross), which is great news! He’s probably lost a lot of weight today, but it’s all very good and very encouraging. Going forward, however, he does need to start building up his strength while regaining healthy baby weight.

Now, on to the finale: Did you all see the picture(s) of Leah and I holding him?!? Oh man, how awesome was that? One of the Doctors came in later this evening an said, ‘He needs to be held….It’s time to hold him!’ …and they really didn’t take ‘no’ for an answer (as if we actually said ‘no’). It was so cool. We are very pleased with Beckett’s progress, yet understandably timid to quickly forget these challenging past few weeks.

Brighter days are ahead, and we press on to win the prize (Philippians 3:14) and bring glory to our God through the testimony of our son. Grateful for all our many blessings! — with Leah ‘Whiteley’ Rupp at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital.

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