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The girls…

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Adoption is still on our minds every day. We long to have all of our kids home. In the last week we have received some good news on adoption.

The first bit of news is that the first family that we know of to begin an adoption under the “new” Kenyan adoption laws just got a passport for their baby girl, Josie! This is huge as it means the adoption is almost done. They plan to be back in the U.S. with Josie sometime in November. We are so excited for the Nelsons!

The second bit of news is that the grant we were awarded to assist with our adoption has been able to be put on hold until we get some clarity and direction with how and when to proceed. We are so excited to not lose this generous grant. It is a matching grant of $2,500 (we give them $2,500 they give us $2,500 more). We are planning on evaluating our adoption timeline as best we can in January.

We pray every day for our Kenyan daughter, and we can’t wait until she will be home!

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Kailyn has two jobs to do–outside of breathing and not getting any infections–to eat and to look to the left. Eating covers the need to grow which will help with the breathing and ability to fight infections. Looking to the left will help develop some neck muscles that have been a bit neglected. She loves to look to the right, so we are trying to show her there is a whole world to the left of her that she has yet to explore. She was discharged from her physical therapist on Friday with this last bit of instruction; check out the left side of your world more. These things are what we are helping her with right now.

Overall Kaily is doing really well. She will have her eyes looked at again today, Monday, and we eagerly await the results of that exam. She, on the other hand, doesn’t look forward to it at all. She hates it, but if we had to be honest, she doesn’t remember the eye surgeon is coming by today. She sleeps in worry free bliss right now, and we pray that her eyes are developing as we should expect them to be.

Sara is feeling much better. Everything is back on track.

Melia is doing really well. She had her “Pumpkin Party” at school today. She went as a cat…not the costume we bought, but Sara improvised on a cat costume and all were happy. If you need a dog costume, let us know.

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Sorry it has been awhile since we have posted an update. Things have been a bit more crazy here than what has become “our norm.” We realize this may be a bit hard to believe, but it is true.

Kaily is doing well. Nothing in her world has really changed, which is great. She is finished with her antibiotics. We thankfully kiss the thoughts of meningitis goodbye, hopefully for good. Her head is IV free—Yeah! She really hasn’t gained any weight since the last time we posted, but the doctors aren’t too concerned about this. We talked to them about it yesterday, and they said that they obsess about weight gain, but Kaily will grow when it is her time.

One VERY exciting thing that has happened in the past few days is that Kaily has started trying out bottles for a tiny portion of her food intake. She isn’t quite sure what to think about this new way to ingest food. The nurses say that is takes quite awhile for babies who are only 36 gestational weeks to get the hang of it. She makes the funniest faces, spits up, burps, pushes the bottle out repeatedly, sucks a few times and really only gets tiny amounts of nutrition before she tires out. It’s fun, though, to try to coax her to drink this way. She’ll get the hang of it soon enough. In a couple of months we may actually miss the convenience of the feeding tube, especially in the middle of the night.

So the new twist in our journey has been Sara’s health. On Sunday at church she started feeling “not so well” and she continued to go down hill from there. After talking to some nurses in Kailyn’s unit and her doctor, it turns out she has an infection. On Wednesday she started to feel better in terms of fever and nausea, but there is still quite a bit of discomfort in the area where the milk comes from. How’s that for discrete? She didn’t come to the hospital all day Monday and Tuesday, but was able to come for a short while on Wednesday. The discomfort has continued to grow, and she is hoping that it doesn’t continue for much longer as she could end up in the hospital for a few days. What a fun ride we are on…

Pray for Sara, pray for Kaily…thanks!

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Gotta grow

That is the basically the deal right now for Kaily. She is up to about 3 pounds 6 ounces now, but she has been at that weight for a few weeks. The doctors are trying to find ways to get more calories in her food. She really can’t have more fluids, as it tends to end up in her lungs. They can add calories to the milk, though, and they are going to increase that to help her grow.

Thankfully, nothing continues to come from the meningitis. She has shown no signs of this, and the cultures that had started to grow haven’t grown anything more. She still is getting antibiotics and that will end in a couple of days. This course of antibiotics entered Kaily in a very exclusive club. The club is called the “IV in the head club.” It looks horrific, but she doesn’t seem to mind it too much. Hopefully they will be able to pull that IV once she is done with the antibiotics for the potential meningitis.

Kaily is doing really well. She can be held quite a bit now and seems to really enjoy being out of her box. She won’t miss that plastic home once she gets to go home.

Thanks so much for your interest in our world.

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Menin-what?

One of the cultures they took from Kailyn on Saturday came back today as positive for meningitis. Yikes! The way Kaily looks combined with how low the “result” was makes the doctors very confident that she doesn’t have meningitis, but they are treating her for it anyway. Like we have said before, they really don’t mess around with this stuff in the NICU, but the doctors feel that the culture probably got contaminated in some way. They aren’t really sure how this happens, but it does. They will treat her with the correct antibiotics anyway and keep a close eye on her for a few days. She was able to go back on the nasal canula today because she has more energy for breathing, which is good. If she tires again they will move her back to the CPAP for another “rest.”

Kaily had her eyes evaluated again yesterday. Preemies often have eye issues due to their early womb departure and the levels of oxygen they are on once they arrive into the world. Her first test said that her eyes weren’t done yet, which they expected to see. They didn’t see anything that was really wrong. The exam yesterday, which she hated, showed that her eyes are moving along as they should be. They don’t look like they are fully functional, but they aren’t supposed to be “done” for a few weeks yet. We were really encouraged with this news as we have been expecting her to need some sort of corrective surgery. They will check her again in two weeks on Monday, October 29th.

That’s enough excitement for today…

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