Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Movin' on up...

Wednesday Mar 12, 2008

Movin' on up... the east side! To a deluxe apartment in the sky!

So little Jay is doing great. He came off the ventilator last night at 11pm and was very stable all night. So stable, in fact, that they moved him to "backyard" of PICU where the healthier babies are. We were a little surprised to come in this morning and not find him in his bed. (Umm, he's not crawling yet, so where did he go?)

But after a brief stint in the "backyard", he has now moved out of the PICU to the cardiac wing of the pediatric unit. Yippee! That means private room with mom & dad. For mom and dad, that means we now have to pay attention to all the beeps, bells, dings, and alarms that keep going off constantly. We're kinda figuring out which ones are worry-worthy, and which ones just mean that he wiggled and the monitor got mad about it.

So, for those of you who are medically inclined, simply curious, or want to attempt do-it-yourself coarc repair, here's a website with good illustrations of what an aortic coarctation is and how they fix it.


WOW!!!! What a difference a day makes. We're so glad to hear that little Jay has let Mom and Dad move in. Keep up the good work, everyone!

Posted by The Bellizzis on March 12, 2008 at 04:29 PM EDT #

Wow, so glad to hear he's doing great! He'll be home keeping you guys up at night before you know it. :)
We're thinking of you and can't wait to see Jay!

Posted by Stacy and Chris A. on March 12, 2008 at 05:08 PM EDT #

Hey guys- thanks for the updates. I've had all of Hampton praying for you!! Can't wait to meet him and see you.

Posted by Jill Green on March 12, 2008 at 08:00 PM EDT #

I am so thankful to hear that baby Jay is doing so well! I have been praying for you all. Our SS class has been praying for you as well.

I have also enjoyed the blog and the picutres of baby Jay...what a cutie! Your writing is very witty just like your mom's!

I will continue to pray for all of you in the coming days.

Posted by Lynette Rhodes on March 12, 2008 at 10:41 PM EDT #

Jen and Derek- I am so proud that you have remained so strong during all of this for your baby boy. Derek, it must be even harder for you to know what it all means medically, and yet you are doing great! Jay is in my prayers, and Leonard and I are thinking of your family and wishing you the best. Keep him strong! :)

Posted by Erin Mitchell on March 13, 2008 at 07:22 AM EDT #

Fantastic news indeed! Thanks for keeping us posted ... know that we are thinking of you. And wishing you all the best!

Posted by Marion Zanga on March 13, 2008 at 07:37 AM EDT #

So glad things are looking up! We will keep you in our prayers.

Posted by Stephanie & Amanda on March 13, 2008 at 07:46 AM EDT #

Good morning baby Jay,
Oh, so special. Breathing so well. In your own room with mom and dad. I bet you just love the touch of both of them. Keep on truckin'. Soon, you will be home in your own special world.

Jen, I know that you and Derek are just thrilled with the progress. Yes, all the bells and whistles wil be going off and now you can hear them!!! I know that your sense of humor is wonderful and the music choices are challenging,
but so glad to hear you both are doing well.
I still stand in your office doorway but now I have a smile. You take care and have a great day.

Posted by Teresa D. Carpenter on March 13, 2008 at 08:16 AM EDT #

Amen to that! So glad you can all be together around-the-clock now. Such good news!! Austin got this report in at church last night and the whole room was excited! You all are being prayed for by MANY people! Take care and thanks for posting the great news!


Posted by Rebecca on March 13, 2008 at 11:25 AM EDT #

Jen and Derek, thanks for the updates. Laura showed me the pics, and he is a SOLID boy!!!! Katherine and I are so glad all went well with surgery. You all will continue to remain in our thoughts and prayers!


Posted by Vern on March 13, 2008 at 11:33 AM EDT #

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