Monday, August 3, 2009


A few weeks ago I posted about a friend being on bed rest. She was admitted into the hospital on STRICT bed rest at 23 weeks weeks with preterm labor and an incompetent cervix.

Yesterday, after being dilated 6cm and having contractions for DAYS, she gave birth to little Eli, 3 lbs 6 oz and was 16 1/4 inches long at 29w2d! He was born CRYING!

He is only on room air and a CPAP. His CPAP pressure has been decreased from 6 to 4 and if he continues on this AMAZING track, he'll just be on a nasal canula in a couple days! He is also sucking on a pacifier! He's doing GREAT and I couldn't be happier for Nicole and her husband Matt!

Nicole is seriously my hero. She had the most positive attitude on bed rest for 6 weeks. She never stepped a foot outside the month of July. She was still in great spirits when she was dilated 6cm for days and days, having contractions on and off. she's truly a testament on you will will do ANYTHING for your child. I didn't hear her complain ONCE!

Thank you everyone for prayers and advice you gave me and Nicole. I am so so thankful that Eli is so healthy and hopefully his NICU stay will be short and sweet and she will get to take her beautiful healthy boy home VERY soon!

If you would like to leave Nicole any love, you can comment here or her Twitter (@anmdils)! Thanks :)

UPDATE August 6th! Eli is OFF of ALL breathing assistance and breathing ON HIS OWN without a nasal cannula, oxygen, ANYTHING! He is getting breastmilk through his feeding tube and Kangaroo time with his mommy! He's doing amazing! Thanks for all the prayers and good wishes!

14 people that love me told me so:

Ashley said...

so cute I have a little boy named eli as well and he spent 13 days in the nicu but was born at 36 weeks.

The Pifer's said...

That is so amazing!!!!! GOD IS SO GOOD!!! :)

Love, Hugs and Prayers,

Katie said...

Her strength is inspiring. Thanks for sharing her story. I will be keeping their family in my thoughts.

Jenn said...

What a great post for Nicole & Eli! You are such a great friend! :)

Elana Kahn said...

I don't know why, but this post made me cry. I am just so happy and relieved that her baby is doing ok. The pain of losing a child at 26 weeks must be so devastating, I can't even imagine. And do nearly have the same thing happen again...I mean...I just can't even put it into words. Thank G-d, is all I can say. Please give Nicole and Eli my love.

Kim said...

What a beautiful boy!

Mrs Bee said...

Aww he's gorgeous!

I stumbled across your blog a couple of weeks ago and I look forward to reading your updates!

There is a blog award for you over on mine.

Laura Fiegel said...

That is such amazing news! I am so happy to read that he is doing SO well!! What a little fighter she has on her hands :)

I hope that you're doing well too... take care :)

Jules said...

Sounds like he's doing so well!
And for her to keep up her spirits is so great to hear considering what's she's gone through.

(Hubby was a 27 weeker - I love reading promising stories along the lines of his)

Cassandra said...

Here from LFCA...

Congrats to everyone! Welcome to the world, Eli!

Michelle said...

Wow! That's amazing. My thoughts and prayers are with Eli and Nicole.

You have an award on my blog! :)

The Unproductive One said...


I've just nominated you for an award, go check it out!


twondra said...

You have an award on my blog! :) (((HUGS)))

MoonNStarMommy said...

That is wonderful (I had come back to your blog from the ICLW links) I didn't see this before and had to comment. I had two preemies (NICU Babies) ... so I know exactly how wonderful this is!

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