18 June 2010

¡Hola!



Nearly four months after my last post .... and we're still here. I thought I should really make an effort and write something - I know I've been pretty bad at posting but I have been a little busy ...  we are still in Spain and our little 'miracle baby' as they call him is improving but still in the intensive care unit in Malaga. He weighed 900g at birth (2lbs) and has now gone up to nearly 2.9g (coming up to 6lbs) - he is doing incredibly well in many ways but his little lungs are still very weak, hence the reason why he is still in hospital. He has also had pneumonia which didn't help making his lungs any stronger but for the last couple of days he managed to breathe nearly unaided. It's been a scary time so far but I am so incredibly proud of him given everything he has already been through in his short life. Initially we had hoped he would be out of hospital by his due date (which was at the end of May) but he could well be there for another two to three months. The next challenge we now have is that he has to learn to suck and swallow so that eventually he'll be able to take his milk independently whereas at the moment he is still being fed via tube.

I often miss the life I had before all this happened and I admit I don't read any of the 'creative' blogs that I used to before not only because of the obvious lack of time, but because I miss my sewing machine and my fabrics. But as soon as I walk into the ward, come up to his cot and see his perfect tiny face it's all forgotten and so worth it. 


6 comments:

Amy said...

So pleased you posted. Wondered how it all went in the end - than goodness you have a little fighter!
Must be soo hard for you all but soon enough it will be a distant memory. Keep well and stay strong xx

Sew Scrumptious said...

I was so relieved to read your post - I was just thinking about you the other day. I had feared the worst so to hear your little boy is doing well is fantastic. Gorgeous photo too! Sending lots of good vibes over to Spain. What a year you have had. It must have been incredibly difficult for you all. My friends nephew was born at 26 weeks and was in hospital for nearly a year. He is now in year 2 at our local school and is doing brilliantly. Lots of ups and downs along the way but you'll all get there in the end and then you can treat yourself to the biggest fabric splurge EVER!!

frogs+sprogs said...

Thanks - hmmm fabric splurge definitely sounds like a good idea! But oh my god one year in hospital, that's a hell of a long time. Glad to know he is doing well now! x

Stephanie said...

Wishing you all the best for all of you. Keep going, I can tell you two stories of babies born far too much in advance but who are healthy children by now! Sending you tons of love and warm hugs...

Metropolitan Mum said...

I've been holding my breath and crossing my fingers. Lots of good wishes for the little man and for you and your family to remain strong. x MM

M is for make said...

wow, that's fantastic weight gain, well done Joshua. Good luck to you all!