JULIANNE IS EATING!
Seriously! No Joke! Eating.
It basically happened overnight. We have been transitioning Julianne to blended foods tube feedings (we're up to 4 blended food feedings of the 5 tube feedings per day). Which consist of baby food, yogurt, formula and water (for now). I was mixing the yogurt and baby food one day and Julianne was sitting with me and getting annoyed. So, to distract her I said, "Here, have a bite" and wiped the spoon on her lips like we do all the time. Amazingly, she liked it and wanted more! So, with promises of saying her favorite praise word "Aw-aw-aw-some" if she took a bite, she ate bite after bite after bite until she finished an entire ounce of food! I thought at first that it might not continue, but it has! This started last Thursday. Its now been a week and she's up to an ounce and a half per feeding! While this is nowhere near what she needs to eat to give up the tube feedings, it is WAY more progress than we've ever made before! The great thing is that I'm not just sneaking the spoon into her mouth while she's talking or smiling. She's leaning forward, opening her mouth and then closing it on the spoon. We are thanking God for giving us this wonderful development that we've prayed for for so long!
If that wasn't good enough news...
Finally to add icing to the cake...
Julianne took two steps without holding on to anything! It was kind of a step-step-lunge toward mommy motion. :) She wasn't actually walking, but she was being brave and trying something she'd never done before (she usually just laughs and falls forward at us) and we are so proud of our baby boo!
God blessed us with a WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL week!
Now, in less than spectacular, but still noteworthy news, Julianne got a haircut. We carefully removed the mullet and gave our baby boo a respectable bob. She didn't put up too much of a fight and to make that happen I didn't work too hard to even it out. :)
To update you on a few of our friends:
Emma Kate is healing from her surgery and is back home from Boston! Yay! Thank you so much for your prayers for our friend. :)
Sofi is still on the ventilator and is trying to regain enough strength to be extubated,. Please continue to keep this sweet girl in your prayers.
Thank you so much for checking in on our busy girl! Julianne is doing so well....we are truly amazed with every new development. We are so thankful that God has blessed us with the opportunity to love her, teach her and watch her grow and we are so grateful for our family and friends who love and pray for our baby boo.