I realize it has been a while since I have last updated. This is in part because as Henry has stabilized, many of our immediate prayer concerns have melded into two: 1/ that he would grow (feed), and 2/ that his breath would be deep and constant (no brady’s). Please don’t read into our lack of posts, a lack of need to pray. We realize more than ever our absolute dependency on prayer. We have no control; we can’t protect our son; we need God to protect – and Jesus gives us access to His throne.
Henry is doing well in the NICU. He is growing according to charts’ expectations. He just received his first full bottle feed. He is getting bigger. He has the lowest level of oxygen available assisting his breathing, and they are taking the oxygen away one day a week to help wean. We are thankful.
We need you to pray for his little body. Pray that his breathing would stabilize and “normalize.” Pray against bradycardia. Also, pray that Henry would take to feeding. Josie has been nothing short of heroic in being present and persistant to help Henry learn feeding. Obviously, it is easier for Henry to simply receive his food from a tube – but this cannot remain the case (if we want to go home!). So pray that God would give him grace to feed and grow well. Please continue to pray that his brain would sustain no long-term damage from his birth.
Pray for Josie and me. We are pretty weary. While we rejoice that Henry is doing well, we are definitely feeling the cumulative effect of life in the NICU since the end of January. We desire to be present emotionally with our other son Jude – but the feeding schedule at NICU makes it hard enough to be present physically (let alone, emotionally) with Jude in a way we would like. So ask God to give Jude grace in this season.
Also, it seems all around us is suffering and death. A young woman and dear member of our church died of cancer on Sunday. A church planter friend of ours in Columbus lost his 2 year old son just last night because he was hit by a car. It makes us sick. Also, as we get to know a few families in the NICU with little ones, our hearts break when their’s break over complications. It feels like we are in a fox-hole, and the attack is palpable. This of course is always true of everyone at all times – we are just currently feeling it in new & exhausting ways.
Though our hearts are weary, they are not lost – because of the promise of God in Scripture: “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
Prayers appreciated. Pray also for the families mentioned experiencing suffering in profound ways.
Love Joe & Josie