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Date : October 2010

Rebecca – 18 Days (Video)

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Published on: 2010.10.31

Rebecca at 18 days old (5 lbs. 3.6. oz.) She’s not very active in this video, but very alert. A couple of times, she rolls to her side without my help, and near the end scratches her face and grabs the feeding tube. Click the video’s title to watch it on YouTube.

More Milestones

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Published on: 2010.10.30

Since my last blog post (Growing), our daughter Rebecca has passed a few more milestones. For one thing, she crossed the five-pound mark late Wednesday night, which we learned on Thursday morning. She was 5 lbs. 3.4 oz. (2.3644 kg). She increased to 5 lbs. 3.6 oz. by Thursday night, which we learned on Friday.[…]

Growing

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Published on: 2010.10.27

Rebecca is now *very* close to five pounds. This morning’s checkup call revealed that she’s now 4 lbs. 15.7 oz., which means the car seat’s five-pound minimum won’t be a problem. Now her only hurdle is learning to take the entire bottle during a feeding. Yesterday’s visit with her at first seemed unremarkable besides the[…]

Two Weeks

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Published on: 2010.10.26

Yesterday’s visit with Rebecca was rewarding as always. For one thing, she turned two weeks old yesterday. For another, she was up to 4 lbs. 12.9 oz. (and this morning was 4 lbs. 13.1 oz.) She was also incredibly responsive and alert. When she was at first too sleepy to eat well, I told the[…]

Rebecca – 13 Days (Video)

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Published on: 2010.10.24

(There’s a nice big smile about 1:33 into the video.) (Remember, Rebecca has her own web page now, with links to all her videos, images and blogs, as well as a list of all gifts we’ve received.)

Rebecca Is A Citizen

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Published on: 2010.10.24

We’ve now received Rebecca’s Social Security Card in the mail, so she’s officially recognized by at least one branch of the U.S. government as a human being. And they needn’t worry; she’ll soon be a taxpayer and consumer. In fact, due solely to her birth and the dozens of gifts we’ve received, Rebecca has already[…]

Advice Is One Thing, But…

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Published on: 2010.10.24

My wife and I really appreciate all the wonderful advice we’ve received from family and friends during her pregnancy and since the birth of our daughter. Some has come via phone, some through email, and some during in-person conversations. My parents, my sisters (one has seven children and the other is a labor & delivery[…]

From Isolette to Crib

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Published on: 2010.10.24

Early Saturday morning, nurses in the NICU moved Rebecca from her Isolette (incubator) to an unheated crib to see if she could maintain her body temperature. She could. When we arrived Saturday afternoon to visit her, she was still in the normal range and sleeping comfortably. This was one of her two remaining hurdles. Of[…]

Rebecca’s Big Move

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Published on: 2010.10.22

Thursday (Oct. 21), our daughter Rebecca was moved from her NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) room to the “best” room in the NICU. They call it “Continuing Care.” It’s still part of the NICU at Scott & White Memorial Hospital, it’s on the same floor, and along the same hall. But it’s for babies that[…]

Hanging in There

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Published on: 2010.10.21

Rebecca was fun to be with yesterday, as is usual. She maintained her weight (didn’t gain any this time), and is still holding her temperature, even with reduced heat from the incubator. She has a new doctor now, who calls Marline each morning with updates and opinions. He seems very factual and less likely than[…]

More Progress

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Published on: 2010.10.20

In the past few days, Rebecca has made even more progress. By Monday (Oct. 18), Rebecca had re-gained her birthweight and surpassed it. She was 4 lbs. 9.7 ounces. Yesterday (Tuesday, Oct. 19), she was 4 lbs. 10.4 ounces, and they’d removed her IV completely (it had been on the lowest possible setting for a[…]

A Week Old

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Published on: 2010.10.17

It’s difficult to believe that it’s only been a week since my wife and I were watching that DVD here in the house and her water broke while sitting on the rocker-glider that her friend Kristen bought for us. Yes, in a few hours, Rebecca will be a week old. Somehow it seems longer than[…]

Breathing Real Air

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Published on: 2010.10.17

Yesterday’s visit with Rebecca was extremely rewarding. We saw her for two “hands on” sessions, once at 2 p.m. and again at 5 p.m. Each time, we were with her for about an hour. The biggest news is that her nasal breathing tubes were removed sometime during the previous night shift. She’s now breathing normal[…]

Eating More

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Published on: 2010.10.16

Rebecca is making more progress. I previously mentioned that the nurses had removed her large CPAP breathing machine to replace it with the smaller breathing tube. Yesterday when we visited her we saw that the smaller tube in her mouth is also gone. She’s now able to swallow and clear her own throat, and she’s[…]

Rebecca in NICU (video)

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Published on: 2010.10.14

Here’s our daughter at 3.5 days old, without her CPAP tubes; just a normal nasal breather. She’s relatively still throughout, though there’s a nice yawn (0:45) and one squeal (1:10) in there. Mostly, she’s just staring at the camera.

Limbo

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Published on: 2010.10.14

Being at home with my wife — but without our daughter — is a strange feeling indeed. For months, we’ve made preparations, built expectations, tried to hold our hope in check, bought things, arranged things, and waited patiently. Then there was the trauma of zipping over to the hospital and all that labor entails. And[…]

2.5 Days Old

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Published on: 2010.10.13

This afternoon, we returned to Scott & White to visit Rebecca again. Immediately, we could see a big change: they’d taken off her CPAP breathing tube (the one that made her look and sound a little like Darth Vader), and replaced it with a smaller, less invasive nasal breathing tube. Even though my wife and[…]

Second Day

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Published on: 2010.10.13

At about 12 noon yesterday (Tuesday, Oct. 12), my wife was discharged from the hospital. She looked good, was in no pain, and felt fine. We went to NICU again to see Rebecca (and that’s when we took the two videos I’ve already posted). We took a few more pictures of our daughter, held her,[…]

More About Rebecca

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Published on: 2010.10.12

(I meant to update last night, but couldn’t access [site name removed] from the hospital — a warning popped up and said it was flagged as an “adult site.” Perhaps [site name removed] should contact the hospital? EDIT: This bit referred to my old blog host.) Last week, my sister Shari arrived back in the[…]

She Couldn’t Wait

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Published on: 2010.10.11

Rebecca Lisette Fry was born at 2:18 a.m. on Oct. 11, 2010, weighing 4 lbs. 9 oz., and was 18 inches long. She was born in Temple, Texas (Bell County) at Scott & White hospital, after just 33 weeks of gestation. The difficult part of labor was about 18 minutes long, though my wife had[…]

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