Day 100 – Part 2

Avery is a rock star.   Yep.    Actually, she may be even cooler than a rock star.  She’s more like, “super hero, golden gloves fighter, rugby player, warrior, gladiator, first-responder, veteran, golden retriever, AND rock star” kinda cool.

"Once upon a time there was a little miracle named Avery...who had come so far that she was ready for her "room air challenge" and "bottle feedings."


In eager anticipation of this special day, she put on her pretty"Rose" outfit, her cute hand-knitted hat from Janet, and her favorite pink magical rose toe shoes.

After playing and smiling with her special Nurse, Racquel, Avery took a bath and sat on the big scale. A nice woman came to visit called a "speech therapist" and showed Avery's Mommy how to help her eat from a bottle. Then, Avery and her mommy sat down and looked at each other. They pondered how far she had traveled in 100 days of life and how much God loves her. Avery's Mommy felt many emotions during such an important day. After hearing how much she was loved, Avery felt very happy and very proud as she prepared to take a very big step....eating with mommy's help.

YUM! Avery was very happy to be tasting milk and having her mommy feed her. This was such a beautiful moment and her mommy cried tears of happiness. Avery was very pleased that she could make her Mommy and Daddy so proud. She decided that she would show them just how strong she could be by licking her lips, holding on tight, and being VERY interested in learning this new skill. Her magical shoes were working!

After enjoying her bottle and all of the excitement of success, her Daddy held her and gave her encouragement as she prepared for another big challenge. As they eventually took the tube away from her nose, Avery looked around wondering why so many people were smiling at her. She decided that they must also like her roses and magical shoes. Avery really enjoyed how it felt having the tube off of her face and she decided she would leave it off. It made her feel good seeing how happy everyone was.

Avery's Dad gave her a big hug before he tucked her in for her afternoon nap. Avery loved that she felt very warm, tired, and full. Avery had fun waving at her nurse as she noticed her peeking at her magical shoes many times throughout the day.

After waking up from a long nap, Avery was delighted to see that her Mommy had come back to play with her and that she was going to get to eat from a bottle again for dinner. Because she had practiced earlier in the day, she did even better at night. Her Mommy told her that she is "amazing" and kissed her over and over. After changing into some elephant PJ's and putting on her "miracle hat," Avery realized that her hat felt very snug this time. Mommy laughed and told her this was, 'a good thing' as she kissed her goodnight. Avery drifted off to sleep to have sweet dreams about her "happily ever after." This sure was a special day...

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13 Responses to Day 100 – Part 2

  1. Kyle Ward-Dahl says:

    So excited! I have been following closely. She looks so big now! That had to be one of the best moments of this whole process when you got to feed her from the bottle! Keep growing little rock star!

  2. Claire says:

    What a wonderful update!!! She is a beautiful little miracle! Great job, Avery! I’m so happy for you both…you sure deserve some major happiness, and it sounds like Avie delivered today!! Rock star for sure!

  3. Barbara says:

    I came across your story about a month and and have been checking back for updates. Both of my sons spent the first weeks of their lives in the NICU at Children’s Hospital in DC. I’m so excited for both of you that Avery has come such a long way. I am also very sorry for your loss. I will keep you all in my prayers and continue to follow your story. Best wishes to you all.

  4. Tracy (Craig) Ronan says:

    Great job, Avery! So happy with all her little successes. I look forward to reading your blog everyday to see how your tiny warrior is doing. Congratulations, Rock Star!

  5. Such wonderful news and darling pictures! Go Avery!

  6. kristy workman andrews says:

    I am glad to hear that Avery is doing so well! I love reading your updates. I continue to pray for you all.

  7. Nicolle says:

    What wonderful pictures! Avery is a rock star!

  8. Janet says:

    Avery looks beautiful. I’m so happy for you both (and for Maddy); this is truly precious milestone.

  9. Susan McMurray says:

    Amazing!! So happy for all of you. Avery, you really are something special. Keep up the great work!

    Lots of hugs from CA.

  10. Angel says:

    She is getting big.. I love the pic of Robin feeding her and my brother holding her

  11. Jen Klima says:

    Go Avery… I am thrilled to read these updates… What an amazing little girl who has made amazing progress in 100 days!! A true miracle, blessing and inspiration… I would expect nothing less from your daughter, Robin and Quin!

  12. Lisa Graves says:

    Oh Avery! You strong and precious little girl!! You have a world full of people celebrating your accomplishments!! You and your mom and dad are continually inspiring me in so many ways.

  13. Barbara says:

    So many miracles at once! I am so happy to see this progress. Avery really is a little rock star!

    Preemies mean so much to us. I want to let you know that we will be participating in the Bloggers Unite Fight for Preemies event on November 17th, Prematurity Awareness Day. I thought you might be interested in joining us. Here’s a link for more info and to sign up to help us spread the word: Nov. 17th is the day we all fight – because babies shouldn’t have to.

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