Waiting, But with Hope!

We are still waiting for Luis to get to a point that we can take him home. He is making slow continual progress. It was a great day yesterday to see him move down to getting much less breathing assistance. He no longer needs any kind of machine of special mixing apparatus but is only getting a mix of air and oxygen from the hospital wall.

Cornelius on high flow
Cornelius on high flow

 

Cornelius got a visit from his siblings on Sunday. They each took turns holding him and were excited to see us.

Nila holding Cornelius
Nila holding Cornelius
Dasha holding Cornelius
Dasha holding Cornelius
Zeph holding Cornelius
Zeph holding Cornelius
Charlotte holding Cornelius
Charlotte holding Cornelius
Britnay and Havalah holding Cornelius
Britany and Havalah holding Cornelius

 

In addition to him being taken off of a lot of the breathing support, he also was able to have his IV removed. He is eating mostly by bottle now, some still through a feeding tube in his nose, which is much nicer than the one that was in his mouth. Today Sarah was able to start trying to breastfeeding which went well but short. We hope he will over the next few days grow into only breastfeeding.

Capturing the moment
Capturing the moment

 

It is awesome to be able to walk around the room holding him unencumbered by so many wires and tubes.  The doctor said today that we are working towards a Friday discharge. Praise the Lord! we have a date that we can look forward to. We know that God is in control and will have us here as long He needs us here. We know that God will decide whether that will be Friday, or possibly sooner, or possibly later. Please continue to pray for us here For the healing of Cornelius and for our witness here.

Cornelius sleeping on low flow cannula
Cornelius sleeping on low flow cannula

Little Luis Lingers

Cornelius our little Luis napping in his mother's arms
Cornelius our little Luis napping in his mother’s arms

Praise the Lord! Cornelius is doing much better. He has been doing very well with eating breastmilk through his feeding tube. He is more active and has even been opening his eyes to peek about from time to time.

Luis peeking into a strange world
Luis peeking into a strange world

Today the Doctor wants to “make him work”. They will be changing to a less assistive breathing system. We will be increasing his feeding to triple what he is currently getting, and if he tolerates that Sarah may even be able to breastfeed by this evening. It is great to see him shedding equipment.

This was 2 days ago with lots of equipment and support
This was 2 days ago with lots of equipment and support

 

 

Yesterday less equipment and skin to skin with Clint
Yesterday less equipment and skin to skin with Clint

We are hopeful that we will be able to bring him home next week. Please continue to pray for his healing and also fo our witness here. Between the staff and other parents, we have had several opportunities to share the Lord.

Cornelius and mom
Cornelius and Sarah
Looks like he may try to become another thumb sucker
Looks like he may try to become another thumb sucker

 

 

 

Cornelius Winter Laird

On the 22nd Day of November 2016 at 8:00am Cornelius Winter Laird was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

 

Soon after birth he had trouble breathing and was taken into special care. During the course of the day, it was determined that care could be better provided elsewhere. At less than a day old, little Cornelius took an ambulance ride to Children’s Hospital of Milwaukee, here he now will spend his first night.

We praise the Lord that he has no heart defects or problems as was originally thought could be the case. It is thought now that he only needs time and a little breathing assistance for his lungs to adjust to the task of breathing.

We know that God is in control and that He has a plan and a purpose for this adventure. I have already had the opportunity to share the gospel with one man and hope the Lord will use us further here for His Glory. We are confident that God is the great healer and that Cornelius is in His hands. Please join us as we pray for him.