3.05.2009

Jack Pulls Ahead






Ok, race fans, it's time to place your bets! It looks like this chase is coming to a close in the next few days so it's time to commit! Big Bad Jack has pulled out to a late lead, bolstered by his night in with Mom and Dad, and may have this thing about wrapped up. But don't count Little Lady Lila out of the hunt just yet. She continues to dominate the bottle, but her little heart skipped a beat just yesterday...was it nerves, was the bottle getting the best of her, or is she simply holding back so she can bring home victory with flair??

We're still waiting on Unbridled Brooklyn to step up and fight that bottle to the finish...she won't be coming home until she does. Radiant Ryan is taking the slow and steady approach and may have a surprise for us in the end, but time is running out for a daring dash to the finish. Don't place your bets on Little Baby Britton as she has absolutely no chance...I'm pretty sure she's decided that going home will cut into her social life so she's going to hold out as long as she can with eyes wide open!!

As mentioned above, we got a night in with baby boy Jack on Wednesday night. The hospital has a room just down from the NICU for parents of preemies to come up and spend a night with their baby before they come home. This is an important night for many of the parents because their babies are coming home with different issues that may require more than your average baby care. With the baby still hooked up to the regular monitors and nurses just down the hall, the night in is a good practice run for these parents. Since we've been going to the NICU every day for nearly two months now and have been heavily involved with their care in the last couple of weeks, the night served us to just enjoy some alone time with our baby boy. Other than the lack of sleep because one of his sensors decided to be a little sensitive, it was a great time! I think the coolest thing was falling asleep to the sounds of a squeaky baby at our bedside...a sound we will no doubt get our fill of in the coming weeks!

Here are some updated weights on the Fab Five:
Brooklyn Faith - 4 pounds, 14.5 ounces
Britton Grace - 3 pounds, 10.1 ounces
Jack William - 5 pounds, 5.5 ounces
Lila Addison - 3 pounds, 15.2 ounces
Ryan Elizabeth - 4 pounds, 11.4 ounces

We had quite a day at the NICU this afternoon with lots of visitors. First, the group of ladies who knit blankets, caps, and booties for all of the NICU babies made a special trip up to make a special delivery - 5 little blankets with an angel knitted into them. Thought they couldn't come in to see the babies, it was great for us to meet such a loving group of ladies who do so much good for all of the babies in need!

Next, we had Grandpa Bill came in to see the babies and he got to hold Jack for the first time. I think you can tell by the picture how he felt about his grandbaby boy!

Finally, the dean of Baylor's business school, Dr. Gary Carini, came up to check in on his future students. What an awesome gesture from a man who could probably spend his time 1000 other ways, but instead decided to spend it spreading a little Green and Gold love! Thank you again, Gary and the rest of the Baylor group, for the incredible support you have given our family!!

All kidding aside, it looks like Jack will be coming home early next week, possibly with Lila by his side. Brooklyn and Ryan are a very close third and fourth. In other words, it is not outside the realm of possibilities that we'll have four of five home with us next week...AAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!! Reality check is coming soon to the Jones household!!! Um, prayers please!!!!!!!!

God Bless,
Ethan

6 comments:

Jana (Varley) Green said...

I've been lurking since your pregnancy. I just had to comment tonight. I am so excited for you at this fun milestone. I bet you were so excited to actually 'have' one of your babies with you. I am so excited for this and all the future milestones that lay ahead for you.

Tori :) said...

The opportunity to spend the nite with Jack was just awesome. I'm so excited for y'all to know that babies will be comin' home soon!!! YAY!!
Tons of prayers coming your way as always. :)

ellegirl said...

Yay!! Maybe next Friday you'll be at home with 4 of your 5 babies!!! I hope you are able to enjoy this last weekend with Eliot alone. Praying for all 5 to continue to grow and stay healthy!

ellegirl said...

Coming back to say that my bets are with Jack!!! I predict:

Jack, Lila, Ryan, Brooklyn, Britton :-)

Cristy said...

I think the feeling was mutual between Big Bad Jack and Grandpa Bill. Jack looks so content and Grandpa Bill looks very excited.

Congratulations on getting to spend such a special moment with Jack. This may be one of the few times you'll have alone with him.

Klin said...

I'm thinking forget how grandpa looks, check out that smile on Jack's face!

I love reading about your life. I can't even imagine 5 little miracles all at once and yet here you are doing it. One day at a time.

We are praying and rooting for all ya'll.

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