No News is Good News???

Hello all and thank you for your notes of support. Today was a medically uneventful day for the Mixons. Jen continues to recover quickly and really just yearns for some good, uninterrupted sleep. I hate to tell her, but that ain’t happening for a long time.

I want to recap a discussion we had with her pediatrician this morning. We informed the same pediatrician that the boys see that Maryellen was born. He came in to see her within an hour of birth (just happened to be in the area). His initial impression was that she looked perfect. He was aware of the prenatal ultrasound findings, but had a hard time believing them just by examining her. This morning, he had read all the same updates as all of you have and he commented on how humbling of an experience this is for him. For a child to possibly have several malformations to be acting and looking so normal was a testament to how resilient we are. To me, it just reaffirms the words of Psalm 139:13-16

   13 For you created my inmost being;
       you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

  14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
       your works are wonderful,
       I know that full well.

  15 My frame was not hidden from you
       when I was made in the secret place.
       When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

  16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
       All the days ordained for me
       were written in your book
       before one of them came to be.

Knowing that God has knit this child together, we acknowledge that He is in control and that he has a plan for her! What a relief.

We were able to make it to rounds in the NICU this morning where the plan remains watch and wait. Maryellen continues to look absolutely adorable (not a medical term). The NICU nurses also thought that she looked a little generic and changed her “linens” and hat to obtain a more girly feel. We were thankful. We really wanted to be able to hold her and the doctors and nurses readily agreed! She had a repeat Echocardiogram this afternoon. There were 2 small pieces of news. The PDA (Patent Ductus Arteriosus) is closer to closing. This means that the challenge of more mature circulation is approaching (her first real test). In addition, her heart function was below-normal at birth and this has improved without intervention! Baby steps…

Many have asked if there is anything they can do and other than pray (and send food!), we appreciate the continued support. More photos from today!

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5 Responses to “No News is Good News???”

  1. Janet Says:

    Avery, congratulations on your beautiful baby girl. Many prayers for the five of you all! Love, Janet, Brian and Finn

  2. scott Says:

    what an absolutely beautiful baby girl.

  3. rebecca Says:

    I love the new linens! Her hair is just like Hannah’s was when she was born! Thanks for the great updates and we are continuing to pray for patience and perseverance for you all.
    Hugs to my sweet Nashville family!

  4. Emily Hutton Says:

    Maryellen is so beautiful!! I wish I could see her in person. Praying for her sweet heart and for your family. Miss you all! Keep us posted on news since I am checking frequently!
    Love from the huttons,

  5. Dee Sinard Says:

    Maryellen is absolutely beautiful!! Thank you for the update. I am praying during this critical period of the PDA closing. All is in the Lord’s loving and merciful hands. May God guide the doctors, protect little Maryellen from any harm and comfort you and Jennifer with a peace that is beyond understanding.
    Love hugs and prayers,

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