Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Still Hanging in There

Let me tell you, these little ones are so incredibly strong. Ava is doing what she is suppose to right now. The poor little girl has been moving a lot today and opening her eyes. She has tried crying some and gagging on that darn tubing down her throat. I just want to hold her and comfort her so bad. It is crazy how much you hurt for babies when they are hurting. If only I could take it all away. She is such a trooper though and the surgeon said she is doing well for what she is going through right now. Please continue to pray for her strength and successful recovery. Now all we need is for her heart to do the work it is suppose to do for her survival, and I believe the true test will begin Friday. If her heart can not do it's task by then Dr. O'brien said it is ok, that it still is a little early and they will just keep her on ECMO and try again later. Nate took some pictures of her and we hope to post them later.

Kaden is doing well at home. He went to school today and I from what I hear enjoyed himself. He made a valentines box to collect his cards tomorrow and grandma and grandpa will help him fill out cards for his friends tonight. I wish that I could be there with him tomorrow. I am so excited for him and can not wait to hear all about it, he is such a big boy. He will be back tomorrow night...I am so excited to be able to give him hugs and kisses.

I know many of you have read Isabella's blog or heard me talk about her. Her and her family really could use your prayers, as well, right now. She has a trach and is on the vent, like Kaden. Her parents brought her up here yesterday because she was not herself. They found out that she will need another open heart surgery...she has an aneurysym on her heart and it needs to be taken care of as soon as possible. To know more you can visit her blog at
Feel free to leave them a comment and let them know you are praying and thinking about them.

I just want to thank you all...again...for all of the love, support, and prayers. It really helps Nate and I to come in and read all of the positive comments left. It definately lifts our spirits to know so many people are praying for Ava. Thank you, thank you , thank you...from the bottom of our hearts.


Isabella said...

Thank you for your support, and I am glad to hear Ava is holding her own. Maybe we can coordinate tomorrow or Friday to meet!! I am so excited because I feel like I already know you. It is crazy how our babies have brought us together.
Lots and Lots of Love and Prayers your way

Pam said...

Always and Always you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are all pulling for beautiful Ava!!

If you get a second could you send me your addy? I want to send you something.

My email is

Loves and Hugs!!

Pam and Rhett

Amy said...

You guys have no idea how many people are praying for Ava. I have had lots actually tons of people tell me to let you know they are thinking of you and praying. I keep telling them to go onto the blog and leave a message. That is would mean more to you for you to read it than for me telling you. I hope all keeps going well for Ava. We may be down this weekend sometime. We will just have to see how things go. I want to wish all of you a Happy Valentines day tomorrow and know that we are thinking of you and praying.
Lots of Love, Hugs, and kisses
Amy Michael and kids

Madison said...

Amy and Nathan,
My religion class and I prayed for Ava and my religion teacher suggested to pray for her before we go to bed. By the way Amy,how are you,Nathan,Kaden,and Ava doing?
I can't wait to hold Ava and see her. We may see you this weekend. See you then.

valerie said...

Hi my Name is Valerie Rexin and I am the executive director of Congenital Heart Defects Families Assocation, a local KC CHD support group. One of my families gave me your website. I guess Ava's aunt posted on her site. Anyway - we've dropped off a carepackage at CMH at the volunteer desk so I hope you get it soon. It has all sorts of goodies and a handmade blanket. If we can be of service to you, please contact me at or

The Bryant Family said...

I learned of you from Megan, Bella's mom. I am thinking of you and your family. My son had open heart sugery, had the same little oxygen tent that Ava did because of the oxygen was too high for his defect as well. I am guessing you had the Norwood procedure done and have to have the Glenn and Fountain also? We have had the first two and are awaiting the final which will occur sometime next year. I am thinking good thoughts and praying for Ava and your family.

Melissa said...

Hey Nate
Clint got a forward from someone about baby Ava and sent it on to me.. We just want you to know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers.. We are close by so if you ever need anything please let us know. We will continue to pray for baby Ava.
The Meade's
Clint,Melissa and kids

Anonymous said...

Hi guys I just wanted to let you know we are thinking of Ava and your family and praying for you guys! As are so many people back home. Take care of yourselves as well!

Jay, Emily & Drew Gibbs

The Rice Family said...

Nate and Amy

Andi, the Kids and I are praying continually for you all and for Ava. I have been having several people ask how Ava is doing and it is with pleasure that I report she is doing well. We have asked Madison to look over your little Angel while you all are getting your need rest. The Lord will help pull you all through this. Let us know if there is anything you need us to do. We will be glad to help in any way we can. Happy Valentines Day. Give Kaden hugs for us.

The Rices

The Rice Family said...

Nate and Amy

We are all thinking about your family. We have been continually praying and asking Madison to watch over Ava in your absense. I have had several people ask how Ava is doing and it is wonderful to be able to report the good news. Let us know if there is anything we can do for you all. Talk with you all soon. Give Kaden hugs and kisses from us when you see him tonight.

Love The Rices

reneekramer1522 said...

Nate and Amy-
Hi guys just wanted to let you know we are thinking and praying a lot for your family(expecially Ava). She is beautiful. If you guys need anything don't hesitate to call. We will continuing praying.
The Kramer's
Jim, Renee, Morgan, Brock, & Tatum

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to let you know that we are praying tons for you and sweet little Ava! Just know that everyone around is pulling for you all and that sweet little girl! I cant wait to see you all again, and give Kaden and Ava lots of lovins' from us! All my love and Prayers!
Whitney, Koltan, and Treytan

Anonymous said...

WE are rooting for you SWEET AVA, I hope tomorrow goes as good as it can be!XOXO whitney