We just found out that Karis will be staying another night at the hospital. Her jaundice levels are high (11.1 - so that would put her in a level 2 out of 4), so they need to keep her under the lights for the next 24 hours to get it below 9. Also, when she was first born they found a heart murmur. This is very common for newborns, and they assured us there was nothing and it should heal up soon. However, as of this morning the murmur was still there and loud. So this afternoon she will have an echocardiogram to rule our any further complications.
We don’t want to cause too much alarm or hype over this. The doctors have told us again and again that both of these issues are common. They anticipate that she will be able to leave some time tomorrow.
So how are we doing? Honestly, it depends on the moment. We trust God for His plans with her health. You all have heard again and again us testify of how blessed we feel that from the beginning He formed this life. She truly has been an unexpected gift of grace (meaning of her name, Karis). The hardest part is imagining leaving her here by herself. We know so many families that have had to walk through much harder times, so the perspective has been good. But this is still our reality and it is hard for us to leave her tonight.
We will post more updates on everything else, I know many of you have been waiting to hear more details. But with the complications the past few days we have disconnected and focused on just the three of us. So look for blogs soon on: labor & delivery, nicu 2, how mom’s doing, what a fabulous dad Chris is, and of, course, lots and lots of pictures!!
Thank you all for all your comments, calls, texts, etc... we have been OVERWHELMED by love from all of you. We are so encouraged and have often re-read things you have written and sent to us. Sorry we haven't been able to respond and log on to things more often, but for now we are focusing all our attention on our baby girl.
Many of you have asked what you can do. Right now we are not going to be having any visitors. We promise to let you know when that opens up. We can’t wait for you to meet her! But we have very limited time with her, so we want just us time for now. If there is anything else you want to do, email is the best way to contact us right now (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org).
We are so thankful for your prayers!
Psalm 139:14-18 (Our verse for Karis since the beginning)
14I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you,when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 16Your eyes saw my unformed substance;in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you.”