Kathy and I could not possibly express our appreciation for the "rallying of the troops" that took place yesterday. We are absolutely overwhelmed at the acts of kindness, caring, and love toward us and our new member of the family. There is no doubt that countless prayers have been offered in our behalf, and we truly feel that Jonah has been blessed from on high.
Kathy and I spent some time holding and taking care of Jonah last night. We combed his hair, felt his strong hands grip our over-sized fingers, and stared at the funny faces and noises he is already making (he gets that from Dad). It is truly impossible to deny the divinity that it is to hold a newborn. We know that Kathy, Jonah, and I have been well taken care of, all through the staff here at the hospital, our family members, friends, and from on high. Again, we truly feel that Jonah has been accompanied by angels.
Jonah is in the NICU, and did ok last night. He is moving his arms, legs, opening his eyes, and is doing well. The nurses can't believe that he is a 6 week premie, as he is as big as a full term baby. Despite his healthy size, there are a few areas where he is behaving as a premie should: he needs to develop his suckling reflex, regulate his body temperature, and begin attempts to eat. He will be given a feeding tube initially to see how he reacts to food in his stomach, after which he will begin attempts to breast feed.
Jonah does have some bruising on his head from the delivery. His red blood cells are working overtime to reduce the bruising, so this extra work may have an impact on his progress. He has been treated for infection through antibiotics (due to his premature birth, kathy's water breaking early, etc.) Overall, his health looks excellent (as verified by our own resident nurse, Serida) amd we are very optimistic that through continued prayers Jonah will continue to progress.
We will be here at the hospital today, although we are very limited on who we can bring into the NICU. We are only allowed 8 people on a list that cannot change. No one under age 12 is allowed in the NICU, due to RSV season. We hope that you all can come and visit, whether we go to the NICU or not. We have videos that we can play in our room for the little nieces and nephews. We welcome anyone to come by and see us!
Kathy is also doing well (she just left the room). Now that I have been witness to a delivery, there is nothing I can imagine doing that is more tough than delivering a baby. I guess that is why us men continually try to solidify our manhood by playing rugby, grunting, and other 'manly' things. Motherhood is also divine, and I am so grateful to have married a woman of such greatness.
Thank you all so much for your support. Our hearts are full with joy and gratitude for your support. We are truly blessed to be surrounded by Christlike people. I always will remember a talk with a phrase that has stuck in our memory: "Truly Christlike people emulate Christ by doing things for others that they could not possibly do for themselves". We truly believe that all of you have done so much for us that we could not do for ourselves. We love you all and look forward to sharing our joy with you as this new season of our lives unfolds.
Jon, Kathy, & Jonah