Thursday, January 10, 2008

Look Mom... No tubes!

Look at that face! What a baby face!!
Allie is attempting to go Oxygen-free. I know we are all rooting for her and while it may not last this time for her, it eventually will. Today was a lot of fun for me, the Mommy. When I visited Allie she was alert and ready to play. We dressed her up in her fancy dress (thanks, Sandy F) and we were able to read a few books and just play. I loved it! I was able to keep her out of her isolette for quite a while (thanks Johnna, Linda, Stephanie, Natalie and all the rest of you!) and it was truly fun to see Allie just being a baby (without tears and stinky diapers). We just played and snuggled and she sat on my lap like such a big girl. Oh what fun!! I did wear her out a bit and she fell asleep during the books, but that is okay. When I put her in her "bed", she was out like a light. I wish I could sleep so good! When Daddy got there after work, she was sleeping very soundly, but as a true Daddy's Girl knows, when Daddy is in the room the fun is just beginning, so she popped open those eyes and played some more with him.

Allie is really just growing by leaps and bounds and making so much progress. She knows - as do we - that all of your love, concern and prayers for her are the reason for her blessings. This little baby is surrounded by such wonderful people. Tim and I thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. As I write these blogs, I've known that many people check them - but, I have not realized how many people are falling in love with Allie as we are. Yesterday and today I was able to venture outside of the hospital and met up with several friends. I was greeted so many times by genuine concern and interest in my baby girl. THANK YOU!! I'm overwhelmed by your well wishes.

So... hello to all of you that are keeping tabs on our angel Allie. This includes all of our friends at Compass Bank, NAPS, Shelby Hospital, Children's Hospital, UAB, Dell Computers, Harco International, City of Huntsville, Elgin YMCA as well as those all around Alabama (Alabaster, Pelham, Birmingham, Huntsville), Tennessee (Nashville), Florida (Orlando, Ocala, Tampa), Illinois (Elgin, Dundee, Steger), Oregon (Portland) and Wisconsin (Genoa City, Madison) and all those other places I'm sure I'm leaving out. Thank you for caring enough to look for pictures of Allie and for including her in your prayers.

Allie (and I) would love to hear from all of you. Please feel free to click on the "Comments" link below each post to leave a message for us. You do not have to have a password or an account, just leave us a message anonymously or enter your name (preferred, of course!) Also, it will be fun to hear where you are located. How far away are people learning about Allie? I'm sure I've missed a lot of towns and companies (and states?) and it will be fun to know just who is checking out Allie's Site. I look forward to hearing from you and promise to continue to post more videos and pictures. As Allie grows and is awake more often, the videos should be entertaining!

Have a wonderful Friday and an awesome weekend!

Love, The Lovell's
(Tim, Sandy, Allie & Nicky "Woof")


Trisha said...

Allie! I am so proud of you! I can't believe you are trying to go without tubes!

You are becoming such a big girl!

I can't wait to see you again!

Love you little girl!

Love, Auntie Trisha


Savanna Carson said...

Thanks for all the updates, I am so glad that she is almost tube free. I can't wait to be able to see and hold her in person, hopefully it won't be much longer!!
Love ya'll,

Anonymous said...

Allie is beautiful. Oh, how exciting, a day without tubes. Fun time with Mom & Baby & then Daddy too. I keep you all in my thoughts & prayers numerous times during the day. I'm praying God's divine hand of healing on Allie & strength, comfort, peace & hope with the blessings & challenges for you & Tim.

Love & blessings from Vicky (cousin in Hurst, TX). I check the website daily. I feel so connected to the family through the postings & videos.

Anonymous said...

Oh our beautiful Allie!

What a big day for you and Mommy. I'm glad you were able to share with Daddy too. I still call my father Daddy too. Every day you are getting stronger and closer to being at home in that beautiful Pooh Bear room.

Love, Granma

BlessedMom said...

Hi Sandy! I went to a Cross Your Heart party at Jenny Gannuscio's and met you there. I've been checking your blog from hers.

Little Allie is beautiful. Your wonderful upbeat nature through all of this is truly inspiring. Your family is in my prayers.


Connie in Madison AL said...

Hi Sandy!
Wow..what a precious little sweetie! Allie is beautiful and I see her growing and changing! You are doing a great job, and I am so proud of you and happy for you!
I love seeing your dear family and reading your updates. They are inspiring, and shows everyone that the Lord is in charge and miracles happen all of the time!

God bless you all!

Nurse Kerry said...

I love the sweet outfits! I have shared the pictures here with my mom and grandmother, who both help sew for the babies with "Threads of Love"! They were so excited to see Allie, and some of the things they had made in the pictures! Mom and Grandma alway pray for the babies who are sick, and they want you to know that they think of you often! They are from Millbrook AL.