The Haps With Herb

2 lbs 5 oz

2 lbs 5 oz

Herb December 20, 2004

We got to see Savannah today. We had been avoiding the hospital because we have all had a variety of stomach and cold viruses and did not want to carry anything up there. The nurse said she wished everyone would show that kind of common sense. She was moved to a different section of the NICU (Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit) because she is doing so much better. She is in a plastic “house” which the nurse said is an improvement as well. A plastic box is more like it. One of the things it does is make it easier for them to control the light coming in. It also controls the noise she is exposed to. She had been in the open warmer before so they could get at her in a hurry.

Anyway, we went up there and she is 2 lbs 5 oz! She is also now getting 7 CCs an hour. This is a mixture of mother’s milk and powder with fats, vitamins and calories added. She is still on oxygen, which is to be expected, but has NO IVs. They took the last IV out today. She now only has the one tube down into her stomach, and any medicine she needs she gets that way. And, she was smiling! Some people say babies don’t smile, but don’t believe ‘em. Not only that, but while she was sleeping she looked just like she was laughing. I will try to get some pictures developed but without digital, it takes longer. I hope to get the pictures that Isabel took with her camera because she is the real photographer and able to capture things on film that escape me. She has a pic of the baby smiling with her eyes open. That will be so cool.

Isabel is doing fine; she just has to have her blood drawn often to make sure it is not thinning too much. They are hoping the clots will dissolve.

I have been too busy to do justice to the Christmas series I wanted to do. It is too bad because it is so exciting to me that God himself, not some second person of an alleged trinity, came and lived among us as a man. He was born in a cave and laid in a trough the cattle ate out of and wrapped in barn rags, even though he was the Creator of the universe and King of Kings.

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isa. 9:6 (KJV)

How can the son be called the Everlasting Father?

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