8/13/08 - TWO POUNDS!!!

Here is Kayleigh on 6/26/08 weighing 13 ounces.

Here is Kayleigh now weighing 2 pounds!

We are so proud that Kayleigh has hit a major milestone for us since she started off at one pound and one ounce, then quickly dropped to a frightening 13 ounces, and has now doubled her size. Way to go girl!!!!

I am beyond shocked that she has actually gained any weight since they stopped her feeds for right now. They were supposed to start them back today, but they made a decision to wait a total of 7 days. Now she has already gone 3 days without food, so we only have 4 more days until they start all over. They will be giving her plain breast milk and then slowly start fortifying it so it is easy on Kayleigh's tummy. I am completely fine with their decision as I don't want them to do too much too soon. I know the tummy is a very sensitive issue with preemies, so taking it slow is fine with me. I would much rather her be in the NICU longer if she comes home healthy.

Other than that, she is still on 3 liters and 21% oxygen. She has been sleeping all day long since the have put in a PCVC which is a slightly different kind of IV. If you saw the last video, they were pulling it out of her leg, but it almost looks like a string that they put all the way up her vein. I guess it is just a little more comfortable than having a needle, but I am sure it serves other important purposes.

Everyone, please pray for Adleigh as she was sent back to the NICU yesterday from progressive due to similar reasons Kayleigh was dealing with, but Adleigh's apnea put her back on the vent. I have not gotten a new update from Wade or Ferris, but Adleigh has been having a rough time. Please visit their blog (Joye Twin's Blog) for their prayer requests. God Bless you guys and we are praying for you.

Thanks Everyone,

The Freemans :)


Kimberly (Anthony's Mom) said...

Way to go Kayleigh!!! 2lbs! Thats awesome! She's gaining more strength and the weight is just going to start piling on! YAY!

The PCVC is a pick line IV. Normal IV's don't go as deep and they go bad after a few days and they need to do another IV. PIC lines last longer so less sticking for little Kayleigh. Which means losing less blood.


Anonymous said...

YAY! Keep growing, little one! We are covering you in prayers.

Anonymous said...

Yay Kayleigh!! I have been following this story since Aimee posted on the birth boards on BBC. I have this blog favorited and share this with my husband every night! We are so thrilled that little Kayleigh is doing so well! Keep growing Kayleigh!! Yay!

Anonymous said...

GROW KAYLEIGH GROW!! Congrats on making it to 2 lbs!!! Just remember how may people are rooting for you and your family.

Anonymous said...

WOW! What a difference, she looks amazing. Congrats on making 2 lbs Kayleigh! Keep up the growing :o)


Crystal said...

Hi! I have reread the posts and can not find the answer...how old was Kayleigh when she was born? I am glad she gained weight!

Adam said...

Crystal, Kayleigh was 28 weeks when she was born, but was only measuring 22 weeks due to a problem with the placenta.

Anonymous said...

Adam and Aimee,

I've been reading your blog and my heart goes out to you both. I know exactly how you're feeling and what you're going through.

I had a preemie 10 weeks early and he weighed 2lbs 14oz. Definitely, much bigger than Kayleigh, but still very small.

Reading your stories brought back so many memories of the roller coster ride the NICU can be. One day your overjoyed and full of hope and the next day your praying for your child's life.

You feel pulled in so many different directions. You want to be at the hospital 24/7, but you have a life that has to continue outside of the hospital. Guilt and the fear of the unknown are the worst.

I too had a very hard time with milk supply. I would pump and pump and pump and would get maybe an once. My DR finally gave me some medicine that supposed to increase your supply..it never did. The day I had to give my son formula was a day I'll never forget. Talk about guilt and feeling like a failure. I couldn't even feed my own child.

I'm so glad to hear that you both have faith in the Lord. I remember sitting in the NICU wondering what the other parents who didn't believe in God did? I mean where did they get their strength and hope?

My son and I are both miracles. We both almost died, but yet we live. It's only by the hand of God and the prayers of his people that I'm able to write to you.

Today my son is 41/2 months old and perfectly healthy. He weighs 11lbs 1oz. He's still small for his age and behind in motor skills, but that's to be expected.

I know it's hard to imagine right now, but soon the NICU will be a faint memory. You'll have the pictures and the journals to help you remember, but when you look at Kayleigh it will be hard to believe she was ever that small.

Please know my heart and my prayers are with you. God will use you both to minister to thousands of people. We are proof that he is real and that he loves us.

God Bless