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Reid got a hundred few good pictures of Olivia showing off yesterday. She must have yawned fifty times after the nurse woke her up to turn her from tummy to her back. Then, during her diaper change she got mad and cried a few times. We can't hear her because of the ventilator, but that face just breaks our hearts. She already has us so wrapped around her teeny little finger.

Big yawn for such a little girl.

No doubt in my mind its a big cry, too!

I can't get enough of her little hands.

And, because there's nothing sweeter than a sleeping baby.

Olivia had surgery on her heart today and made it through like a little champ. The procedure was to repair a PDA (Patent Ductus Arteriosus). It is basically an unclosed hole in the aorta that is extremely common in preemies. Reid and I were really nervous about the surgery. In these situations I feel like we are way too young to make major medical decisions. But, apparently, we are not. With recommendations from her doctors we felt it was best to go ahead and surgically close the hole. We are so thankful that everything went smoothly and it was an easy repair!


  1. New reader here...your daughter is so so so adorable!
    She looks so sweet.
    Prayers for your entire family...all of your girls and you and your husband.

  2. She is precious! And the sleeping picture...melt my heart! Praying daily for sweet Olivia and Mommy and Daddy too. So glad her surgery went well.

  3. Prayed for y'all this morning. I'm so excited Olivia is doing so well! And praise God that her surgery went well, too! HUGS!

  4. I was thinking about you today as well!!
    Amen!! God is good.....

  5. Olivia is beautiful!!!!! I am praying for her continued growth and health! What excellent parents you two are!!! Much love, Shannon :)

  6. PTL that she had a great surgery! And I'm so grateful that you're taking time to update the blog with pics-- I can't get enough of them. Love you and praying for you all the time!

  7. So thankful to hear Olivia is thriving and staying strong! Continuing to pray!

  8. She's precious, Mare! Glad to here her surgery went well. Still praying for you all :)

  9. What wonderful pictures - I am so glad to hear that she had a successful surgery!

  10. SO glad she is doing well. She is such a beauty! Sweet, sweet girl!

  11. What an adorable little lady. Prayers for continued health and healing.

  12. This whole post makes me so happy! Continuing to pray for all of you! Love you!

  13. Praise the Lord! So happy to hear the surgery went well! ADORABLE photos of Olivia :)

  14. She is such a sweet little girl, oh so precious! Thanking God for a smooth surgery. Our prayers continue, sending you all lots of love.

  15. She is absolutely perfect. Just perfect. The Lord is doing a great work in her and crafting her in such a beautiful, tender way. He is carefully molding her to be such a joy for you both. So grateful to read about this wonderful blessing. -Anne

  16. She is beautiful! You are going to love looking back at these pictures someday and seeing how far she has come along. Take tons of pictures in the NICU...I wish I would have taken more.

    Prayers for Olivia (and you guys).

  17. My husband and I are praying for precious baby Olivia! Praising Him for her birth and successful surgery.

  18. I have no words....seeing these pictures of this precious baby girl and her mommy and daddy, the words to this song...I only have tears streaming down my face. He does make beautiful things out of all things. Love you Mare.


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