“Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie! You have multiplied, O LORD my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told.” Psalm 40:4-5
We have been blessed with another daughter! Maelyn was born a little over a week ago 3 weeks early! She’s a beautiful little girl, and we are both humbled that God would desire to bless us with another child. Maelyn has unfortunately/fortunately been in the NICU since birth with some lung issues. BUT, she is much improved from the initial problems and hopefully will be going home sometime this week. The doctors can’t be totally sure about what was causing her lungs to have “hazing” and “deposits”, but they think it’s a combination of RDS (respiratory distress syndrome) and pneumonia. She’s been on a 10 day antibiotic which ends tomorrow and has gone from needing a lot of oxygen pumped into her at rest, to not needing it at all except occasionally during feedings. She still needs prayer though….the lung issues compounded with her being premature has caused a lack of the reflex of “suck, swallow breathe” which basically means that when she eats, she forgets to breathe and the oxygen/carbon dioxide exchange in her lungs is all wonky. Please pray that she will “get it” soon and that we’ll be able to take her home!
We have really felt God’s peace upon us during this whole trial and again in the “unknown.” We acknowledge that He is good AND sovereign and have not doubted either of those things during this time…but it has also been a trying time emotionally. Thankfully we have wonderful friends and family who have prayed for us and cared for us by serving us with childcare and food! Quite frankly even though this has been a strange time for everyone because of the 3 feet of snow on the ground, God has provided this time for us to be able to get to the hospital almost everyday AND have childcare easily accessible since Eric didn’t have work and neither did his mom and dad! In any other time this would’ve been a lot more difficult, but God in His wisdom provided a crazy history-making storm which allowed us to be able to be with our baby pretty easily considering the circumstances. Of course, our plans would’ve been different (read: more comfortable and easy), but God has a different and good plan to grow us in dependance (again!) and trust in Him to not only heal Maelyn, but to humble and carry us. And so we again praise the Lord!
Here’s a recent picture of her: (her IV is in her head…bleh!)