From the rising of the sun to its going down
the Lord's name is to be praised!

Monday, February 26, 2007

A Dress From Holland!
What a pleasant surprise!! Esmé got a present in the mail from Brian and Rebekka! What a sweet dress. There's nothing like cloths from 'the motherland'! :0) Thanks Brian and Rebekka!

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Birth Board @ Talbot Creek Midwives
Today Esmé had her '3 week' appointment with the midwives. I took a picture of the birth board where the midwives write the name, weight and birth date of the babies they deliver. Too bad Emily's name wasn't on there yet! I'll have to take another picture because it would be neat to have one with both of their names on it! There are two on the board with 'no name'!
Esmé weighed 8lb 1oz today.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

My dear husband decided to nap one evening. Apparently the girls didn't think he needed rest and tried to sabotage his nap. He is somewhere under all those pillows-believe it or not he actually did get rest...I think that's the difference between men and women.

Friday, February 16, 2007

ECG Report

Well, Esmé had her echo cardiogram today. The doctor says that the blood that was regurgitating in her abnormal valve has become less and the pressure going into the lungs has also reduced. She will be seen by the cardiologist again in three weeks for the same exam. Basically it appears to be a waiting game for her heart to function properly and Esmé will be monitored until things are normal. Her weight today was 7.10. Please continue to pray that God will make all things well.

Seeing the ECG is quite amazing. It is incredible to view such a tiny heart at work. It really displays the handiwork of the Creator. What an awesome God! Who can deny His power!?

Psalm 33:13-15
The Lord looks from heaven;
He sees all the sons of men.
From the place of His dwelling He looks
on all the inhabitants of the earth;
He fashions their hearts individually;
He considers all their works.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

A Glimpse of the Week
Proud Cousins Come for a Visit
Just Lovin Her Daddy
Esmé Being Weighed on Monday

Monday, February 12, 2007

She's Home!!!
Esmé came home Sunday morning. She is doing very well. The midwife came today and weighed her. She is 7.5-her take home weight was 7.3. She is nursing very well -for the Mom's who need to know. :0) Her heart murmur is harder to hear so that is a wonderful improvement. We will let you know how her appointment goes on Friday.
In home nurses

Hospital bath

Sleeping peacefully at the hospital unwired.

Psalm 34:1-3
I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul shall make its boast in the Lord;
the humble shall hear of it and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Another Blue Baby :0)

Yummy soft jumbo crayola crayons!

She's OFF!!
Yesterday at 3:00 the doctors started weaning Esmé off of her oxygen. By 7:00 she was completely on her own with her saturation levels doing excellent. Praise to God for this progress!!! She is also off of IV. The blood culture came back negative but antibiotics are still being administered orally just as a precaution...I think she will be done them tomorrow. Esmé will still be in hospital for at least 4 days (likely longer when you're dealing with 'hospital time'). Before she can come home I will have to stay at the hospital (not as a patient) for 24 hours with her so that she can be monitored in my care. Please continue to pray-we covet your prayers!


Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Day 4 (Feb 6)
Esmé is making small improvements. Last evening she nursed for 3 mins which was very exciting. Generally she is too tired to nurse but the more she is fed through her tube the stronger she'll get and then she will have more desire/ability to nurse. We have an appointment with the cardiologist in London on the 16th so we will know more then. She is still on antibiotics as the results from the blood culture have not come in yet. Today when the midwife came, I got to listen to her heart. It sounds swishy instead of 'lub-dub'.

Monday, February 05, 2007

(I see my sister has been posting information for us on her blog. How nice!)
Esmé is doing quite well today. I was able to attempt nursing her. Yesterday afternoon the doctor was quite concerned because her breathing had become very labored throughout the day. They put her on an antibiotic through IV and are doing a blood culture to make sure there is no infection. So far the blood culture is not 'growing' anything so that is a good sign. The pediatrician this morning could barely hear the heart murmur which means it is improving. Esmé is beginning to be weaned off of the oxygen. Her condition changes quite rapidly. For example, yesterday I was supposed to be able to try nursing but then within hours we were not even allowed to hold her because of her breathing. Then in the morning the report was great. Please continue to remember us in prayer-it is so comforting to know that we are being prayed for!!!...especially when we leave her for the night.
Day 1

Day 2- Sisters get to see her all decked out in hospital gowns.

Keeping a close eye on the nurse.

Day 3-showing some temper...she is quite feisty and the night nurses are generally not impressed with her from about 11:00-3:00. This also corresponds with the time of her activity in utero! Hopefully this pattern changes by the time she comes home. :0)

He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom. Isaiah 40:11a This verse is so comforting when Esmé is left for the night. We know that God is with her and carrying her in 'His bosom' like a gentle shepherd.
In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul! Psalm 94:19

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Esmé Margaret Elizabeth Van Dyk
Esmé (Esmay) meaning 'Esteemed or Loved'
Approx 10hrs old
First Ride to London and back again.

Finally get to hold her

oops didn't rotate pic but don't want to restart posting.

Esmé is in St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital being monitored. She has an abnormal valve and it is causing old blood to mix with new blood. Also the 'new' blood in not oxygenated enough and in turn causes blueness and discoloration when she is active. So for now she is on oxygen and is tube feed. Time will tell if the valve will begin to function better, the prediction for that is hopeful.

For those wondering how to get the accent on the é, you have to press 'ctrl' + 'apostrophe', then let go and press 'e'.

Friday, February 02, 2007

It’s a Girl!
Esme´ Margaret Elizabeth
Was born at 4:08am this morning
Weight: 7lbs.12oz.

Esmé has a heart murmur, so she is being admitted to London Hospital for further testing (since St. Thomas has limited equipment) Mel will not be admitted to London, but her and Dan will be able to visit Esmé in London.

“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well” - Psalm 139: 13-14

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Hmmm...Something to Think About
This is a quote my Mom emailed me. How relevant for everyone but especially for mother's of young children.

"The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one's "own" or "real" life. The truth is, of course, that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one's real life ~ the life God is sending one day by day; what one calls one's "real" life is a phantom of one's own imagination. This is at least what I see at moments of insight, but it's hard to remember it all the time." (The letters of C.S. Lewis to Arthur Greeves ~ 20th December 1943)