Update From Dad
by Karla ° Sunday, December 24, 2006
Hi everyone.
Just wanted to give everyone an update on Mom and Baby Nathan's progress.

Unfortunately Baby Nate is still in the NICU (level 2 now, down from level 3) due to his difficulty breathing but he's doing great and is otherwise healthy and active. We weren't able to hold him for the first day which broke Mom's heart but now he's coming out the incubator for feedings and cuddle time. Needless to say, even though Nate is ok, its hard for Mom and I to see him in the NICU and not be able to hug and kiss him as easily as we'd like. He is being monitored closely and will come out permanently when he says he's ready so for now, we're waiting.

Mom is doing great and Nate is enjoying all of the wonderful colostrum that Mom is pumping which is fed to Nathan and they are working at breastfeeding.

As for me? I'm soaking in the most wonderful Christmas ever even in the absence of sleep. I'm blessed with a wife who I love dearly and who is passionate about our love and our family. I've got a new and beautiful baby boy who has already wormed his way into my heart.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas Everyone

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Glad things are coming along well. Hope you get to take Nate and Mom home soon.
I think your Son has wormed his way into a lot of hearts.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas..

I'm so glad to hear that everyone is doing well! Congratulations, Mark and Karla! You were in my prayers, and it sounds as though Nate is doing very well, which is wonderful news! Merry Christmas!! =)

Love always, Freya =)
Posted by Anonymous Anonymous :  December 24, 2006

I've been stalking religiously all day awaiting more news! I'm so happy for you guys!! There is no better Christmas present you could have gotten!! I'm glad baby Nate is being a strong little boy, and I can't wait to see pictures of him and all of you guys happy and smiling together!! Merry Christmas you guys!!
Posted by Blogger Arlene :  December 24, 2006

You brought a tear to my eye! Merry Christmas and best wishes,
Posted by Anonymous Anonymous :  December 24, 2006

We will be thinking of you all. Congratulations! And please send Karla my fiercest bravos for pumping. It isn't easy to nurse a newborn, let alone pump in those early days. She truly is a warrior. Blessings on you.
Posted by Blogger Amanda :  December 24, 2006

So happy Nate is improving!

May blessings continue to fall on you!

Judy - Anybody Home
Posted by Anonymous Anonymous :  December 24, 2006

This Southern Belle is still a prayin and doin the SNOOPY DANCE!! MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all!
Posted by Anonymous Anonymous :  December 24, 2006

Congrats on baby Nate. I will say a prayer for him and both of you. Enjoy this wonderful Christmas present.
Posted by Anonymous Ida Marie :  December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas Karla, Mark & Nathan. We are so happy for you.
Posted by Anonymous Kemper's Nana & Papa :  December 24, 2006

I'm sorry to hear he's still in the NICU, but I'm glad that he's doing so well. Best wishes and a safe trip home in the coming days.
Posted by Blogger NegZero :  December 24, 2006

Great to hear he's improving. I'll keep you in my prayers that he will be able to go home ASAP. Merry Christmas!

I'm so happy to hear that he is doing better in the NICU! I'll definantly keep praying for all of you on your safe journey home! Merry Christmas!
Posted by Blogger Amber :  December 24, 2006

Thank you so much for the update. I have checking back as often as I could to see how baby Nate was progressing. I am sorry to hear that he is still in the NICU, but glad to hear that he is getting better as time goes by. Your family will contuie to be in my thoughts and in my heart. Merry Christmas to your new little family!!
Posted by Anonymous Anonymous :  December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas! I'm so glad to hear that Nate, Mom and Dad are doing well. Congratulations and have a fantastic first Christmas with your new family.
Posted by Anonymous Ashley :  December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas to all 3 of you!

Have a great holiday! I am glad to hear Nate is doing well it will be no time at all before his mama gets to hold him all the time!
Posted by Blogger TBG :  December 24, 2006

Thanks for the update Mark. Sending warm Christmas hugs to each of you.
Posted by Blogger Cuppa :  December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas!!! I am so excited about Nate's arrival.
Posted by Anonymous Kellie :  December 25, 2006

tim & nina here--congrats to you, karla & mark. SO glad to know baby nate, mommy and daddy are beginning the adventure of a lifetime. cheers to you all, merry christmas, and great big bear hugs x 3!
Posted by Anonymous Anonymous :  December 25, 2006

I am so happy for you guys. Congratulations and Merry Christmas!
Posted by Blogger Melanie :  December 25, 2006

Glad little Nate is doing better. You are all in my thoughts and prayers!! Merry Christmas.
Posted by Blogger Deborah :  December 25, 2006

I've been watching here since Friday morning, but haven't been able to comment yet - Congratulations and what a wonderful Christmas!
Posted by Blogger methatiam :  December 25, 2006

so glad things are going well!! Always in my thoughts and have a merry christmas
Posted by Blogger rachael :  December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas Karla and Family !

Hope this is the best Christmas present you'll ever get!
Posted by Anonymous Lora :  December 25, 2006

Congratulations and continued good luck with Nathan's progress! Merry Christmas to all.

Although we all wish Nate wasn't in the NICU, we are so happy that his prognosis is so excellent, and that in due time, he will be home with Mom and Dad!

Merry Christmas, and I'll send up an extra helping of juju.
Posted by Blogger Gina :  December 25, 2006

a million dollars could not make this Christmas any better.

McGrandma and McGrandpa

p.s. thank you all for your well wishes for Karla, Mark and Nate
Posted by Anonymous Anonymous :  December 25, 2006

Congratulations!!! Best wishes to all of you, and here's to hoping for some strong lungs for Nate.

Posted by Anonymous Anonymous :  December 25, 2006

congratulations! happy holidays! god bless your family.
Posted by Blogger wookie :  December 26, 2006

Posted by Blogger ML :  December 26, 2006

Here's to all of you coming home soon! Many congrats...
Posted by Anonymous K :  December 26, 2006

Ahhhh,Boxing Day. Time to relax and breathe. I hope Nate is breathing mightily on his own and you came home together yesterday.

Love and hugs
Posted by Blogger Cuppa :  December 26, 2006

NICU sucks. Nate ROCKS!
Posted by Blogger Christi :  December 26, 2006

I am so very happy to hear that you are all doing so well. My grand daughter spent her first couple of weeks in the NICU. That was many years ago but I still remember what a scary time it was. But.. you should see her now.. 16 years old and the most wonderful healthy girl. I will be sending prayers for all three of you. I wish you much happiness and much joy.
Posted by Anonymous Coll :  December 26, 2006

Whew, Merry Christmas! I hope Nate continues to improve. Best of luck for a healthy and happy New Year.
Posted by Blogger Karianna :  December 26, 2006

Hope you are close to going home and being in your own bed with your big bath lovin' dog. Happiest of holidays to your entire family.
Posted by Blogger Amanda :  December 26, 2006

Congratulations on your (beautiful no doubt) son!

I've spent the past two days reading through your archives and I just have to tell you what a joy it's been seeing how you've come through such hard times with such strength and grace.

I'm so sorry you and the rest of the world lost gorgeous sweet Ava.

I miscarried at the end of my first trimester nearly 9 nine years ago and daily I think of my what my baby would be like today. Reading what you've been through was very therapeutic for me.

I wish nothing but love, happiness, and peace for your family.
Posted by Anonymous Chris :  December 27, 2006

I couldn't hold or nurse my baby boy for the first day either. It's painful to see him there, but not be able to hold him. I'm thinking of you often and looking forward to your homecoming.
Posted by Blogger Julia :  December 27, 2006

What a lovely post on your family. Thanks for the update. SO glad to hear Nate is progressing for the better. Can't wait to read about his first trip home!!
Posted by Blogger Kate :  December 27, 2006

I am sure Nate will be coming home soon.

Hope you had a great Christmas cuddling your babe!
Posted by Anonymous Donna :  December 27, 2006


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