Anniston's doing great. She does still have the breathing tube again, but they were able to start feeding her some of my milk through a feeding tube tonight, and we are VERY grateful for that progress.
I guess the bigger news of the day is that we talked to a geneticist about what caused this abnormality in Anniston's heart, and we wanted you all to know the results of their findings so that you will have something specific to pray for concerning our baby. After running some tests on her blood-work, the genetics team determined that Anniston has a deletion, or missing piece, in her chromosome 22. This deletion is often associated with Interrupted Aortic Arch and a few other issues. These issues include immune difficulties, calcium deficiency, and possible speech problems. The doctor said that if she were to have any of these difficulties, they are all completely treatable and should not last long. Initially, this appears to be a mild case based upon Anniston's properly formed palette, her ability to coo, and normal development and proper measurements of her bones and organs. Although we have seen many signs that she is perfectly healthy in all of these areas, we know that it cannot hurt to pray and believe that this syndrome will not affect Anniston as she continues to mature.
Thank you all SO much for your prayers. I was reminded today of the verse about friendship that says: "If one falls down, his friend can help him up, but pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up." Ecclesiasties 4:10 All of you have been this for me and Stan. Your words of affirmation and consistent, fervent prayer to our Father have been such a source of strength for us. You are loved and appreciated more than you know.
P.S.: I can't believe she's a week old today!