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Monday, July 12, 2010

Things You Can Do While You Are Stuck At The Hospital

You can order room service

Call your friends

Not listen to mommy when she is trying to get a picture

You can practice standing up

You can succeed at standing up

You can climb into small spaces behind the crib

You can check up on your blog friends

Hang out with visitors (Hi Mr. and Mrs. Kenneally)

You can take things out of mommy's purse

Take a quick rest

Work on eating solid foods

and work some more

And finally, you can take a nap in the best spot ever, daddy's lap!!

A quick update.....Ella's blood counts have reached zero so there is nowhere to go but up now. Barring any fevers etc, we should hopefully get a break from the hospital in 2 weeks or so. Today when the doctor came in, she said "I can't believe how good she looks for being at ZERO" I sure hope she didn't jinx us!! Oh, and I think we have had a little breakthrough with the eating. Today when her feeding therapist was there, she gave Ella some rice cereal mixed with formula and Ella was really trying to feed herself and even getting some in her mouth. She was very focused and interested. Then later when my mom was there, my mom gave her her empty soup bowl and spoon and Ella sat there for a least 5 minutes putting the spoon in the bowl and then to her mouth. My mom finally put some more rice cereal in there and Ella was actually trying to eat it!! Yay Ella!!


Tina said...

These are the cutest pictures...and I love all your comments. I had a good laugh, especially her face while trying solid food!! Hilarious. I can't tell you enough of times how sweet she is, please please give Ella a really big hug and kiss from me. I hope she remains fever free and the treatment can go through smoothly and you guys can all get out of there really soon.

Keeping her in my thoughts and prayers!

Pallavi said...

Love Love those pics.. and all the activities she is doing there.. :) :)

Will continue to keep Ella is prayers..

stephanie said...

Denise! These are the cutest pic ever! OH I love Miss Ella so much!!! Why do you have to be so far away????

Hug and kiss the Dumpling for me!!

B. McKenzie said...

Way to go Ella! We are praying for her and for your family. I love the updates..keep em coming!

Cammie Heflin said...

Yeah Ella!!! I can't wait to come and give you a big hug!!!

Devon said...

YAY! I love this girl!!!

Kisses from Dakin!!

Heidi said...

Love those pictures!! So glad Ella is keeping busy in the hospital and doing such a great job with eating!!

Anne and Whitney: Up, Down and All Around said...

ella looks so good in all of the pictures and is quite the model for all of the activities she is keeping up with while in the hospital :) love the last one of her napping with her daddy!
so happy that the self feeding/eating solids is going well/showing improvement!!! way to go ella :)

my family said...

Denise I am glad to see she does stop sometimes,lol. That is how W is, only stopping for food :)

Thank you for your sweet comments on my blog. As far as a camera I have a Kodak easy share, small fits into your purse/diaper bag. William has dropped it several times on the tile floor and ithas survived.

The other day we were swimming and I left it in the sun,when I got it to take a picture I turned it on and it had a message "turning off too hot to run"I thought WOW it thinks like me lol.

Anyway, its an ok camera...dont get great shots at night or in gyms which stinks but does the job in the day or good lighting. I would recommend just getting a $100 camera if you just want simple shots and nothing fancy. Honestly my last one was that cheap and to me it takes just as good photos. just dont get an off brand,stick with cannon, kodak, etc. Hope this rambling makes sense....should have just emailed you

The VW's said...

Great job Ella! You are quite the girl.....and a very busy one at that! Praying you continue to do so well! Hugs!!!

Lori said...

Love her! She certainly looks at home on that telephone =)

Praying that those numbers go up quickly so you can get home!

Rachel said...

She looks so good! Keep it up girl!

Those winter pj's are making me hot here in 100 degree TX:)

Lacey said...

That last pic of her sleeping looks just like Jax! Yeah for eating, she still drinks from a bottle doesn't she? I'm just trying to figure out if Makayla will still be taking a bottle. I bet she will.

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

She is so cute, no matter what she is doing! At least she is keeping busy. That's awesome about her feeding! :) The picture of her trying solid foods, with her tongue out, is hilarious!

Sweet Pea's Mommy said...

She sure has a busy social calendar and is always on the go, even if it is just in one room! The pictures are adorable and the news about the self feeding is wonderful! Congrats Ella!!!!

Kelly said...

Hooray for Ella, self feeding?? Is there anything that little bundle of energy cannot do?! Ella is quite creative, I don't think I could have come up with that many things to do....in 1 room!! She sure does know how to keep busy to pass the time!!

Denise, I just LOVE these pics:) Of course she is just looks PERFECT in every single one of them! Ella is looking wonderful considering all that she has been through! She is one AMAZING little girl, lucky you, she's all yours!! I hope you had a wonderful birthday weekend and that you are keeping your balance:)

A few more years, Ella & Landon will be chatting up a storm on the phone.........you know, their 1st long distance relationship...lol:)

Continued prayers!!!

Bulldogma said...

I LOVE the pictures and I'm glad to see Ella is staying so busy! Looks like she's reaching some new milestones at the same time - YAY Ella!!
BIG hugs, tons of prayers and healthy vibes coming your way!!!

Rochelle said...

So cute, love the sleeping on daddy the best! She does look great and active for being at zero. Rockstar!!!! Love the feeding yourself woo hoo!
Love & hugs to you both and prayers that you go home soon!

Cindy said...

Looks like Ella had quite a busy day!! Love the pics!

Melissa M said...

I love all the pictures and LOVE Ella. I wish I could grab her and give her a big hug!

I'm hoping you'll be leaving the hospial soon. :)

Emily said...

Yay Ella for sure! You are doing so many fabulous things! Loving all of the darling pictures!

Stevenson Family said...

Keeping you guys in our thoughts and prayers. I know how hard it is to entertain yourself in the hospital. She looks great though!

Kele@ said...

Seriously, this kid is amazing!! I think they are looking at someone else's chart... I agree with the Doctor, she looks GREAT period, much less at ZERO!
Ella, you crack me up, love all the things you are doing to keep busy!!

Cathy said...

Your princess NEVER ceases to amaze me. She's going through so much, yet manages to smile and warm all our hearts. I HAVE to meet that little sweetie someday!!!

Mama Mason-Mann said...

I love the picture and the commentary! Very funny. And great news about the feeding! What a trooper. she's busy fighting leukemia AND progressing in her development all at the same time! Go Ella!

Carrie said...

Oh my goodness what a cute little lady! That picture of her trying working on solids is priceless!! We'll be praying and following along!