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37 Weeks!

Olivia is 37 weeks gestation today! She is so close to coming home that everyday is beginning to feel like Christmas Eve! Oh, the anticipation!

Our Livi girl is an absolute dream baby. I can't get over how sweet she is! She is content and happy almost all of the time. Hardly cries unless given a reason - don't make her mad. :) She still hates diaper and clothes changes and her breathing treatments.

She eats every three hours and has been awake and looking at her new mobile a lot more. She is a breastfeeding champ, and we are still working on bottle feeding. She does fine as long as she's awake enough to eat. Who knew that learning to suck, swallow and breathe would be so tiring?! She's on a micro-flow of .06 on the nasal cannula and doing so great with it! I think they'll wean her a little more today or tomorrow.

No definite homecoming date has been set but I know we are so close. I'm sitting here at the hospital snuggling her right now and I have to pinch myself that this is real. I'm a mom. Reid is a dad. And, our baby will be coming home soon!


  1. Look at those chubby cheeks. The cuteness!! You have a beautiful baby girl, but I'm sure you know that already! ;)

  2. Hello! I have been reading your blog for a few months but I've never commented! :) I have been praying for you, Reid (my 1 year old son's name is Reid!), and your beautiful Olivia. You are one strong mommy! I'm so happy for you that your baby girl gets to come home soon!! What a miracle! Blessings to all three of you! :)

  3. Mary, I just found your blog today and I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet baby girls. I can't imagine. I am currently being divorced by my husband, and it's not the same at all, but it has been awful. And I really admire your attitude and your continual trust in God. I can relate to what someone told you- as people have said to me about how strong I will be after this, and I think 'I don't want to be strong! I want my husband!' But yeah, God has something different in mind. I also don't know how people can go thru life without Him. Keep trusting Him, He is good!

  4. She's so cute! I can't wait to read that she is HOME! :)

  5. So glad she is doing so well, Mare! Hope she comes home very soon. :-)

  6. I share in your excitement! She is so sweet. Her smile melts me.
    Love you,

  7. What great news! She's adorable and I can't wait for her to finally be able to head home!

  8. Oh Wow she is such a beautiful baby. Sending her so growing dust from Vermont to help her to continue to grow so she can go home with her Mommy and Daddy. It has been a long wait but there is nothing in this world worth waiting for more than your lovely little baby.


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