Sunday, January 16, 2011

Three Months

Scarlett is three months old today.  On October 16, we welcomed our beautiful girl to the world.  I asked the nurses to change the ID label on Scarlett's bed to show "3 Months" instead of "2 Months 14 days" from her admission.  She is growing and changing every day, despite the trauma of surgery and hospitalization.

Tomorrow marks one full month since Scarlett's tumor was identified.  One month since our baby was considered healthy and normal. What a month it has been.  She was home for 6 days in the last month; 24 in the hospital. 5 MRIs, 2 CT scans, 5 EEGs, 3 surgeries.

But we have had great progress already this morning.  She was extubated (the breathing tube removed) a few minutes ago. She had one annoying IV removed from her kicky foot.  We got a report that she has had no seizures in the last 24 hours, so the EEG contraption will be removed.  I have heard rumors of catheters, arterial lines and CSF drains getting removed, but I am not going to count on it until I see it happen.

Here's to another month!

68 comments:

MummyM said...

God Bless her and your whole family. My prayers are with you and your family.

LC said...

So happy for you all. I hope everything keeps going well. We don't know each other, but just know that there are many people in the world thinking and praying for your little girl. Congrats on another month of life!

Anonymous said...

I am so happy that things are getting better for you guys. I will continue to pray for your family.

Sandy said...

Progress. That is the name of the game now. One step at a time. Sending big hugs to all of you.

Anonymous said...

YAY!!!! so happy!

April said...

Wonderful news! She sounds like she's doing so well! We all continue to send you good thoughts.

Anonymous said...

Happy 3 month birthday!

Anna from Sunnyvale said...

Happy 3 months Scarlett!

Paula said...

Happy 3 month b'day sweet Scarlett!!! Go for more girl, you CAN do it !!!! xoxo

Paula & Baby Avery said...

Way to go Scarlett! Still many prayers & thoughts to you, your mommy, & daddy from Atlanta, Georgia. May you heal & recover quickly. You've proven to be such a fighter & an amazing little girl. Happy 3 months Baby Girl you've made your mommy, daddy, and the entire crew that's been following your brave sotry proud. Keep going!

April Michelle D. said...

Happy 3 month Scarlett!! My Silas is only 13 days ahead of you & overtime I look at him I think of you & how much you are a fighter! Power of the Oct 2010 babies! Keep on kicking! :)

Tammy said...

Happy 3 month Birthday, Beautiful Girl!!! So glad you are doing so well!

Anonymous said...

Happy 3 month birthday Scarlett!!!

Amanda said...

You're doing good Scarlett! Keep it up. You are SUCH a fighter. There are lots of people rooting for you (and your mommy and daddy too)! Happy 3 month birthday to you, Little One :-D

Shan said...

Happy 3 months, Baby Scarlett. And happy 2 days of being tumor free, too!

Tara said...

Congratulations Scarlett!!!!! Happy 3 Month Birthday!!! So happy to hear such wonderful Progress since Friday. Keep up the fight on both ends!
Tons and tons of love,
The Poor Family

The Howitt Family of Round Rock Texas said...

Praise God for His mighty works! I think of Scarlett often and so look forward to your updates! Our family continues to pray for yours! We are so happy she is progressing! What a fighter!

Christina said...

I am so happy! Yay Scarlett! Kaitlyn says to give her a big hug and kiss for her. :)

Jennifer said...

Praise God!!!!!!!!! Happy 3 month Birthday Baby Scarlett

Irene K said...

More great news! Tears of joy for Scarlett :)

Anonymous said...

Happy 3 month birthday Scarlett! Praise God the tumor is gone! Keep fighting you can do it! Praying for a quick recovery. God answers prayers!!!
With love, Nicole, Danny and Daniel

Anonymous said...

Happy 3 months Scarlett!!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you everyday!!! xoxo
Mom and Dad we pray for you too!!! You have been faced with one of the most difficult situations life can bare!!! You have given your very best to your precious little girl and I pray for your continued strength!!! Scarlett couldn't have been given a better mommy or daddy!!! Love to you all!!! Mom from BCC Feb 2010 Birth Club

TheDearmanFamily said...

Happy Monday Day, Scarlett!

Your parents are proud and you have lots of people cheering you on. Keep working hard!

Becky Karstetter said...

Brandi and Chris,

We are three months on January 19th and are following your journey everyday with prayer and positive thoughts from Alaska. You are an inspiration to all parents and an example of the power of love. Happy Birthday to Scarlett and we're so happy to hear that the surgery went well.

Becky, Mark and Martin (10/19/10) Karstetter
Anchorage, Alaska

Anonymous said...

Happy 3 months Scarlett! So glad this surgery went well! Keep fighting sweet girl and you too mommy and daddy!-Brandy in Richmond, Va

mamamoos said...

happy birthday, scarlett!

i've been following and praying for your precious baby girl from the start (your blog was linked on a mothering board i frequent), and i am so happy that she is doing so well through everything that has happened in the last month.

she is very fortunate to have such loving, strong parents to look out for her. your family is absolutely incredible.

Anonymous said...

Yay Scarlett! Keep fighting! Happy 3 months pretty girl!

Kate said...

Happy three month birthday, Scarlett. My family and I are thinking about you and praying for you today.

Anonymous said...

I am so happy for you guys! especially for the little butterfly :) She has been in my prayers and I thank God for getting her thru this and for giving you and your dh the strenght to go thru this, not alone because he is by your side.

Malory said...

Happy 3 month birthday Butterfly!! <3

So happy that things are going well and that her body is handling recovery well. God is amazing :) I will continue to pray for your little girl as she continues recovering, and I can't wait for the day you get to take her home!! She is doing great and I'm so proud of her! Keep up the positive thoughts, and try not to look ahead too far. Stay in the moment and enjoy her. Before you know it she'll be talking up a storm and you'll wonder where all the time went! :)

Michelle said...

Happy birth-diversary Little Ms. Scarlett! Caleb welcomes you to the 3-month club and sends you a big smooch.
You keep fighting, sweet pea, your parents will keep loving, and we all will keep praying for you. The joy of this news overwhelms me! Thank you God.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely amazing! So happy for your family. Miss Scarlett is a fighter, just like her parents. happy 3 month birthday! We Will continue to keep your family close in prayer.

Anonymous said...

I'm so incredibly glad you posted for us. She has much to do but now she's at the top of the summit and everything will go smoothly!

Anonymous said...

Happy 1/4 Birthday Angel!

Anonymous said...

What an amazing, tough little fighter your little girl is!! I just LOVE the awesome update.

Anonymous said...

My Scarlet will be 6 months tomorrow and we are following and sending love and prayers every day. Scarlett Grace is an amazing little girl!

MissArdrey said...

Congrats. I'm so happy that the surgery was a success! I'm keeping you all lifted in prayer!

kerriwike said...

That is FANTASTIC news, I am so relieved to hear she's making progress! Happy 3 month birthday little angel!

Mary - Nov ;09 BBC said...

Happy 3 months beautiful! You are such a fighter! You truly are AMAZING!! We love you Scarlett Grace! xoxo

Sarah R. said...

Happy 1/4 Birthday!

sillykitties said...

Happy 3 months! I pray that with each month it gets better and better.

Katie said...

Happy 3 months Scarlett! My son Mason is exactly three months older than Scarlett. What an inspiration she is. We are praying for all of you!

*mom* said...

You are such an amazing mom:) An inspiration to all of us!

Mia -- fellow BBC mama -- said...

Here's to another month indeed! I'm so glad to read Baby Scarlett is doing so well -- I'm tearing up reading it.

Stay strong, mama!

Anonymous said...

Here's to three more months, three more years, and three more decades of life—at minimum! I am drop-kicking that tumor out the window and continuing to send your family much love and prayers.

Anonymous said...

Happy 3 month birthday, super baby!

Rebecca {{BBC june2010 momma}} said...

She's SIMPLY AMAZING every time I think of little Scarlett its all I can do to think is SIMPLY AMAZING. She's a very strong fighter. I pray for you three every day. HAPPY THREE MONTHS BABYGIRL. We <3 you.

Jen D. said...

Yay for 3 months! Keep on healing, little lady.

Anonymous said...

Three months! Way to go, Scarlett!

LuAnne Trainor, Manteca, CA said...

I have been thinking about that since Friday as I hold my 4-month old grandson. In less than one month, how much you all have been through. Reminds the rest of us how quickly things can change; first for the worst, and then for the better. Never take things for granted. We can see where Scarlett gets her strength and her will to survive. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers to continue to grown strong, in health and as a family. Happy birthday, baby girl.

Fred & Challys said...

Happy 1/4 birthday! Prayers keep coming your way fr Union City.

Kristin said...

Scarlett is amazing! I've been following your journey for the past few weeks (via the Bump), holding my breath and praying that she come through this. What a miracle and a fighter she is!

I'm a fellow October mom - or I should have been. My due date was 10/20. My son showed up 4 months early (June 28) and spent the first 4.5 months of his life in the NICU, enduring many surgeries, and many of the life-saving contraptions that your daughter is also enduring. I've seen an amazing fighting spirit from many of the babies in the NICU, and now I'm seeing it from your daughter as well. The situation is not nearly the same, but has brought back many memories for me, and I'm cheering her on with everything I have.

I pray she continues to fight. I pray that the two of you continue to have strength to advocate and to be there for her. I pray that the miracle continues and that by her first birthday this is all behind you and you are enjoying your healthy daughter. Happy three months, Scarlett! You amaze me!

Karen said...

Happy 3 months old to your precious butterfly! So happy to hear of her progress.

mrsgremmie said...

My sweet baby girl has so much in common with little Scarlett, not the least of which is her birthday! As I squeezed my lil Leni and told her happy 3 month birthday this morning I thought of how my past month has been compared to yours. I can't help but think of you often; stay strong!

AngelaCourtney90 said...

Thats great that she is doing so well... I hope those rumors were right about the tubes for her comfort anyways. Can't believe our daughters are only 4 days apart and sooo much has happend since then for you guys. I thought it was going by fast but I bet it hasnt for you given everything you and Scarlett has been through. Im still keeping u all in my prayers and look forward to hearing more from u...

Aphera said...

I'm so glad to hear that everything is going so well! [[BBC Jan2010 Momma]]

Vanessa said...

Happy 3 months baby girl!!! You are such a little fighter!!! Keep fighting!!

Anonymous said...

good for you guys!!! I just stumbled upon your blog and I have tears in my eyes. I want to scoop up your little tough bundle of joy and give her a big snuggle! She reminds me so much of my youngest at that age and my heart aches for the fears you have had to endure. Good news is, the breathing tube is out and THAT is HUGE! (I used to be a NICU respiratory therapist before I had babies of my own). I am sending you three all the love I can and I hope that Scarlett continues to heal and get stronger and stronger and that you can finally take her home permanently soon!

Kimberly said...

I'm so happy to hear that she continues to do well and thank you so much for the continued updates. You all are such great parents to Scarlett, maybe that is why she ended up with you all as her parents. It gives my heart joy to read that she improves, she's such a little fighter, so strong. I'm in awe of her indeed and you all as parents. Bless you all. I continue to pray, send positive thoughts and visualize her happy, healthy and unscathed by this.

Anonymous said...

Thank you God for this miracle baby that has brought so many people together in prayer, God is wonderful!

Happy Birthday precious Scarlett God bless you!

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear she's making progress so quickly. What a little fighter she is!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Scarlett! Here's to many many more. I can't wait for the pictures of your first birthday and the fantastic cake that I'm sure mommy and daddy will have for you :)

Anonymous said...

Stay strong Baby S!

Anonymous said...

So wonderful! Congrats Scarlett on your 3 month birthday! Here's to many, many more!

Anonymous said...

Happy 3 month birthday Scarlett!!! we are thrilled with the recent news and will continue to check in on you every day here!
bbc oct 2010 mommy

Marsha said...

Another BBC mom here (August 2010), I'm so happy to hear that things are on the right track! She is such an amazing baby and she makes me that much more grateful for my babies! I can't imagine having to go through everything you guys have been through and you just continue to amaze me. I'm still sending love your way and I hope to keep hearing good news!!!

TurtleShell said...

Three precious & beautiful months. Congrats.

Becky B said...

With this post I just realized that Scarlett is exactly one year younger than my Lilly. I think about what we were doing at our house when she was 3 months old and how hard I thought the whole thing was. Your story is incredible. If nothing else it makes a whole world of people count their blessings, and hopefully send some prayers and good thoughts your way while they do it.

Thank you so much for sharing so much of this very personal story with us. I love hearing the updates and find myself googling the terms and equipment that you tell us about.

Congrats on all your progress so far. I know a year from know when Scarlett is 15 months you'll be going through the same things with her that I am with Lilly right now. She'll come out of this beautifully because she has so many people looking out for her, and wonderful parents that are doing everything they can for her.

Good luck with all you do.
Becky
(Oct. 2009 BBC mom)