We had a wonderful first Christmas with both of the girls. We spent a little time with each of our families, but not too much time so that we could keep the girls well (most especially Kathryn)!! Kathryn was able to meet her cousin Reed for the first time as we kept them on separate sides of the room. Madelyn loved being able to play with two babies!! The girls received so many nice things for Christmas. Maddie asked Santa for a purple bear, a bee toy, and a toy stocking and he seemed to have come through!! Greg and I gave her a jewelry box and a necklace and she thought she was such a big girl. She also received dress up clothes, a doll, some movies, a camera, clothes, a zoo membership, and toys. Kathryn got several toys from Santa and a My First Christmas bear. We gave her a sign for her room like her big sister's! She also received a diaper champ, formula, various baby needs, Baby Einstein videos, several neat baby keepsakes for her room and a few gift cards for later!! Both girls were very lucky to receive such nice and thoughtful gifts!
Kathryn has managed to stay home this time for five wonderful and exhausting days!! She is doing so well!! We went to the doctor today for her first official visit and she is now showing a whopping 5 pounds, 8 ounces. Dr. Stansell was very pleased with her progress! We will go back again in two weeks. Her sat levels at home are staying in the range of 97 - 100 most of the time and she is still on 1/2 liter of oxygen. Her schedule keeps us busy (along with that of a 4 year old), but it is such an amazing blessing to be all in one house!! I Samuel 1:27 says, "I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him."
God has certainly blessed us this Christmas with more than we could ever ask for! As it says in Psalm 126:3, "The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy." We hope that your holidays were also filled with joy!!
In His Name,