4 month birthday!

Amidst the flurry of holiday activity at the Dooley Household (Getting Christmas cards ready to send, baking Holiday Cookies, etc) I thought I would pause today and blog on Miss Finley’s 4 month birthday today.  4 months old – wahoo!! We have been home longer than we were in the NICU at last. Today’s photo is from our most recent photo shoot with the talented Michelle Redfield of Casual Camera Photography. I really have nothing new to add since my last post- Finley is just doing awesome. We have her first follow up appointment with Emanuel Pediatric Development and Rehabilitation on Friday to check her for developmental milestones and try to detect delays early. Hopefully that will go well and they won’t find any major issues.  I think she is just perfect, but perhaps I am biased?

Baby Hollis had his surgery on Friday and is doing well! Need prayers now for him to continue to heal, be able to come off the vent and begin eating.

Today is National Children’s Memorial Day. CHERUBS is asking everyone to please light a candle at 7:00 pm in your time zone in remembrance of the children lost to CDH. Today also marks the one month passing of Heath, please remember these families in your prayers today.

4 month well child appointment (one week early)

Miss Finley

We had our 4 month well baby check today and got a DTP vaccine and her Synagis vaccine.  Her pediatrician is very happy with how well she is doing developmentally as she is already doing most of the 4 month items and even some 5 month things. I keep hearing “if I didn’t know already what she had been through, I just wouldn’t believe it.” How that makes my heart burst. She weighed in at 12lbs, 12.5 ounces and 24 3/4 in long.  She is just a little bit below 50% for weight and solidly in the 50% percentile for height and head. The Dr is happy with her growth. I feel like we won the lottery that she is doing so amazingly well.

It feels like we left the NICU a lifetime ago even though it only has been about 2 months. After the appointment, I was thinking about the day the doctor was trying to tell me we were running out of options if she didn’t respond to the Viagra and how ECMO might be off the table soon and how he was trying to tell me that things didn’t look great and look at where we are now. I am so thankful. Is rejoiceful a word? 🙂

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!