With that said, we are praising God and thanking Him for his grace and mercy today. 'Cause all those ounces we've been praying for have shown up. All the effort and yawns of waking every three hours to make Clara eat and all the determination to cram every last calorie we could find into her has paid off. Each battle with the bottle (you know, six times a day or so) has been worth it.
In the past twenty days, Clara has gained 18 ounces!! She weighed in today at a whopping 13 pounds, 14 ounces.
Get it, girl.
I sure am proud of this little baby. And I'm once again thankful for the prayers. We're grateful for the love and the mercy of her Creator who has given us the conditions and the drive and the resources (Shout out to Gerber Good Start; you make my breast milk 7 calories per ounce richer and we are digging it!) to enable her to get bigger and stronger without the help of any stinkin' feeding tube.
I was hoping for just half an ounce a day average - that would have been ten ounces and put her at 13lb, 6oz. The verse that has become my mantra throughout Clara's life rings true once again: Now to Him who is able to doimmeasurably more [or in this case, measurably - in ounces] than all we ask or imagine according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 3:20-21)
I just don't get tired of saying it: Praise Be To God.