Oct 6, 2011

{day four with our little man}

Isaac had his very best day yet, today. We are so thrilled.
The morning started off a bit rough - we weren't able to see him until early afternoon because of some business in the nursery, but he was doing well all the while & we made up for it in the afternoon.

You can see in his little picture his shaved head & the VAD there on top where they're draining some of the fluid. We watched them do that today. I thought I wouldn't be able to watch, but it was actually really interesting. Everything has been so far. I'm surprised at all of the things I've been able to stomach. Maybe I could have been a nurse after all...
Then we got to help his nurse clean up some of the glue on his head & face & everything from the respirator & band-aids & things.

The little splints on his arms look a lot worse than they are. They're just stretching the muscles in his hands. It was actually really cool. We watched the occupational therapist make them for him so they fit his little hands perfectly. They are SO adorable on him. They look like little wings when he raises his arms. He's not a big fan of them yet. There was actually a tiny bit of velcro on one of them that wasn't covered & he got them stuck together when he was wiggling around. He's already making us laugh lots - very fitting of his name :)

He's off of all breathing tubes & monitors. He just has an IV in his leg for antibiotics, & a more permanent IV in his other leg for everything else. & he's pooping. I never thought that would be such a big deal or make us so happy. But that is really good news, because it means his surgery was successful & his tummy is working well, so the doctor gave him the a-ok to start feeding him this afternoon. He guzzled it down SO fast & seems to be digesting everything really well so far.

We got a bit of an idea of what will need to happen before he comes home, too. It could be Thanksgiving time, possibly. But mostly because theres another surgery that will need to happen with his intestines that will happen in 6 to 8 weeks & depending on how well he eats & how his tummy heals, we may be able to bring him home for a bit in between time. But that also will depend on if the fluid in his brain keeps on accumulating or if it just drains and is okay, which is what we are praying for. So we will try to be patient & we really do want him healthy & strong before he comes home, so we'll just have to get used to this type of 'normal' for at least a little while.

Thank you thank you for continued prayers for us & our little boy! We can't wait for you all to meet him & we can't wait for him to meet all of the people who have been praying for him all this time!

32 comments:

  1. Your lil man is on my heart daily and that face...his preciousness with that little button nose is too dang sweet!

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  2. Mindy -

    Look at how much hair he has! He is such a love bug!! Thank God for the little things like poop & velcro! :) It sounds like a great day in the Coleman family.

    Praying all the day long ~ The Lassiters

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  3. Praying for you and your sweet little family! I'm so glad you have Isaac now.

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  4. You must be such a happy momma :) He is adorable!

    My son was in the NICU for 9 days, and it was really hard to not be able to take him home right away, but the positive I got out of it was the fact that I didn't go home with a brand new baby and not knowing much really. Being in the NICU was like having private nurses 24 hours a day to help you in those first few days/weeks :)

    Congrats!

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  5. The Jamison's are keeping you covered in prayer! Last night as we celebrated Kyle's 27th birthday,we took a moment to thank God for Isaac's birth too, and made our requests known... Keep up the Spirit...it will carry you through
    P.J. , Kim, Kyle, Jenna, and Zach.

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  6. He's soooo handsome :). We are praying daily to our GREAT God for your precious boy!!
    Love from the Brown's <3

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  7. Hooray hooray hooray! Praising God for His faithfulness to your sweet, precious, ADORABLE little guy!!! So thankful that we live in a day & age that is equipped to take care of sweet lil Isaac. We've been praying non-stop for all of you!!!

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  8. He is so beautiful!! Will keep praying for you guys!

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  9. We are so thankful for God's kindness to you in bringing Isaac into your lives and hearts. Thank YOU for the faith that is so evident in your updates. You are glorifying God through all the aspects of this trial. We are praying daily for all three of you. Can't wait to meet little man!
    The Moore family

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  10. Mindy,
    I just started reading you blog a few weeks ago. Your son is beautiful & you and your husband are so blessed! I found myself thinking of Isaac yesterday, and my prayers go up for him & your family. He is so precious! & like others have already said, your faith and upbeat spirit come through in your posts, and it is truly inspiring to read!

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  11. Getting caught up on your blog this morning....my husband overheard my little squeals of delight as I exclaimed over Isaac's cuteness. We both just loved reading this post. Enjoy these first days with your little guy...what a fan club he already has in all of us here online!

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  12. He is just so sweet, and that top picture is so wonderful. Continued prayers for your lovely family!

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  13. every update you put up I'm so eager to read! you guys are such a cute little family. :)

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  14. May you be lifted up with wings as eagles. Love you guys!

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  15. I've been following your blog for a long time now (over a year) but I don't comment that often. Anyway, though I am in no way religous, you have got me praying so hard to whoever/whatever is up there for your little, perfect Isaac!

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  16. Thanks for the updates, Mindy! So excited to hear how well Isaac is doing. He is SO adorable...his little features are just precious! Praying for you and your sweet family daily!

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  17. You two are being so faithful with what the Lord has blessed you with! Praying for you!

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  18. I cried when I saw his sweet little face. He is truly an adorable little baby.

    God bless you all.

    x

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  19. God is so good! congratulations on your little bundle of joy! He is such a handsome little fella!

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  20. A huge congratulations team Coleman! Isaac is completely adorable .That face brought me to tears. So dang cute!
    So incredibly happy to hear all is going well. We Jameson’s continue to pray and pray & pray some more for your little man to grow strong. Our church (of over 1000) is also praying for your precious one…

    We are actually away from home for a few months and I had to bring the laptop just so I could meet your bubbaloo. Call me crazy, but your story & gorgeous boy has touched so many of us in Australia.

    And I here you about the tiredness & crazy hormones – thankfully all that settles down over time, But the abundant love you feel will never settle. How awesome is that?!

    Continue to soak up and enjoy each day and know we are behind you.

    Love & Gods blessings,
    ash, marty & lola xx

    ps - oh and a package is still on the way for your little one. With all the last minute packing/organising for our trip lots of things I was meant to do sadly didn't get done. Perhaps a special Christmas surprise will arrive in the mail for your little man :)

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  21. Kelley Marie GibsonOctober 8, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    wow guys, what an amazing little blessing! Praying for you and your sweet little one!

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  22. I wish I could "like" all these comments. We are cheering you on and praying lots. I know what you mean by being thankful for poop! That is great news! Wow, God is at work majorly! Rejoicing with you all. Isaac is gorgeous - no surprise there!

    Before you know it, you will be welcoming that sweetie into your own home and into that awesome nursery! What a privilege to see all these answered prayers. Thank you God!

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  23. What a guy, we love him so much already. We are praying daily for you and Isaac. Love the Oklahoma Odells

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  24. congraulations to both of you :) i've been keeping up with your updates on isaac, and it's so fun to see a picture of the little star he's mommy's been talking about for ages :) he's amazing! :)

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  25. What a precious little guy! I am praying for you often. I love love how you write about him. God certainly gave him the perfect mommy and daddy! I love the peace, joy, love and trust in God that comes through in all you say. He is so very sweet and cute. We will keep praying for you both and your little man!! God Bless!
    charlotte richardson

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  26. congratulations guys!

    you are on my prayers, and in fact i didn't use to pray that often until i met you :) so now i pray more and you obviously are on my prayers everytime! It's a very nice thing to do and i'm thankful for you as i've already said on earlier comments, and as many people point here and there. You inspire us on our faith, so we have to be thankful for you, and we are. I hope everything goes well and that Isaac will continue to heal.


    love,
    renata

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  27. hey mindy, we've been watching from afar as you two (now three!) have grown together and deeper with the Lord thru all this and it's been so sweet. such a happy bunch of tears filled my eyes at the sight of your new little treasure! what a fighter! it IS SO GOOD that he's poopin' - way to go, little man!; ) thanks for inviting us in to your heart and home.

    Isaiah 40:11
    He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
    he will gather the lambs in his arms;
    he will carry them in his bosom,
    and gently lead those that are with young.

    2 Chronicles 15:7
    But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.

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  28. God is really blessing your family. To be able to post such information, God is blessing you with calmness and grace. I pray that this continues. May God heal baby Isaac. Much love, a stranger

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