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Dr. Drool and Kitchen Laps

There’s nothing like starting off your day with a doctor and some drool.  Yes, that was weird.  More on that in a moment but first a little background detail: It has been a while since I have posted anything myself; I’ve just been riding the coattails of the wife lately.  I knew life would be very different and even difficult …

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Life With Elias!

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a week since we came home!  Wow.  We are so thankful to be on this end as we begin this journey as a family… NICU Life at the hospital was tough, but we definitely sensed the Lord’s presence in getting us through, especially with such a lack of sleep (being awakened every 2 …

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Elias – Our Little Braveheart

They may take our sleep, but they’ll never take our FREEDOM!!! WE’RE HOME!!! We’re so happy.  More details to come, but in a nutshell, we got discharged Friday night and have been basically sleeping and surviving since then. Many have or are asking about our current needs…at this point we are in desperate need of rest and time for adjustment.  Being …

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Elias – A Steady Saga

Past two days: Update of Hospital Life in the NICU with Elias The days are getting to be more of a blur! We have a lot of appointments throughout the day. Yesterday, for example, we had a special exam on Elias bright and early… Great Care: One of the things about life at the hospital is that there can be …

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Elias – New Day, New Chapter to the Saga

Day 6: Tuesday: We love our sweet boy, Elias, so much and are loving every day with him! The medical staff are all very nice.  We feel so blessed to have such great care and resources. Medical Updates: Tests– First thing, had a test on his lower extremities to see how certain organs function.  This is not very conclusive because of …

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Elias – More Saga, More Praises

Day 5: Monday: A very eventful day!!! We were privileged to have our first night with a double bed nearby Elias!  This room is quite an upgrade from a recliner most of the night and helped us have much more of a reprieve a night!  (Though awake about every 1-2 hours 🙂 ) ** This is totally a gift from …

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Elias – The Birth Story (Condensed)

Elias James Arnold Birthdate: September 24, 2015 Time: 12:58pm Weight: 8lbs. 5oz. Length: 20.5 inches   I believe we experienced many miracles that left the Dr.’s and medical staff in awe: No medical intervention! Spontaneous delivery – began ON his due date!! Born completely naturally!!! Elias was stable and no other known medical concerns other than isolated spine/brain defect. Due …

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Elias – The Saga Continues

We continue to be blown away by God’s evident graciousness in our stay here.  Elias is responding very well to everything.  We are thankful as all of this continues to be promising for his future!  It’s hard to do much beyond live with helping care for him and all the medical necessities, but we are so thankful for the opportunity …

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Elias – The Saga

Praise! Surgery went as smooth as can be asked for! Prayer: Elias’s brain fluid (hydrocephalus) will stabilize on it’s own without medical intervention (brain surgery/shunts). Wisdom and direction from the Lord for Dr.’s, medical staff, care team, and parents. Elias health journey… First days of his life…. We are continually blessed by God’s graciousness in this situation.  It is hard, …

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Keep Calm And Let’s Have A Baby!

  Photo credit: Brandon Arnold The time is near! We want to express sincere appreciation to all of our loving and kind support during these final days as we countdown Elias’s arrival…whenever that may be  🙂 Praise: Our medical team is complete!  Met our OB ~ loved getting to know her and value her support!  Delivery is now set-up to be …