Ryder is doing so well, it is just amazing. After so many friends and family helped spread the word about her surgery, we had literally thousands of prayers going up for Ryder. We have been so touched and blessed by all of them.
And today I want to talk about the miracles that have happened because of YOUR prayers.
Weight gain: When we were admitted into the hospital 10 days ago, our goal was to gain as much as possible to make her strong for surgery. Her starting weight was 9 lbs even, and today she weighs just over 10 lbs. AMAZING! We did not expect this sort of weight gain so fast – even the doctors have been impressed. And I say, of course its impressive- God orchestrated this weight gain!
Recovery: It is just crazy how fast Ryder is recovering. Because she was completely healthy other than her heart, she has bounced back SO quickly. Just four days ago she was undergoing open heart surgery, and tomorrow we will be released from the hospital! How insane is that?! Nothing short of a miracle because of YOUR prayers!
Biggest miracle of all- EATING: As some of you recall me saying, it would take Ryder around 2 hours to eat just 2 ounces of milk. It was exhausting, heartbreaking, and such a burden on our own hearts. She was burning more calories eating than she could take in- even with the higher calorie formula. Well, my friends, I have some wonderful news to tell you! Ryder is drinking 3 ounces in 10-15 MINUTES!!! How GREAT is our GOD?! We were told it could take a couple of weeks for her to be strong enough to eat “normally” and literally the first bottle she could have after surgery she sucked down in five minutes. Since then she has done so great every time.
So, once again, I am humbly saying THANK YOU to all of you who prayed. Its because of YOUR prayers and our awesome God she is literally a different baby over night. It gives me chills just thinking about everyone pleading for prayers and asking God to heal our little girl.
Of course, we still have a road of recovery to come with lots of doctors appointments and special instructions (no picking up under the armpits, no leaving her in the nursery for at least 6 wks, avoiding large crowds except from the occasional outing, pulling Rory from MDO so she doesn’t bring anything home, etc) but the worst of this is over and we are just so blessed.
Enjoy some pictures from the past couple of days and see for yourself how much better our baby looks and feels!