Someone Wants to Say Hi.

August 8, 2013

I snuck these pics in the NICU. We found out we probably can take photos, it just needs to be off a camera as cell phones aren’t allowed in. But they let me take my purse the past two times and it had my cell sooooo…


I couldn’t help it. We haven’t had time to grab a disposable or anything yet. And my brain didn’t equate “No cell phones” to “Bring a camera instead.” I need more sleep lol.

20130808-071806.jpg Kaden. The red is from the rash the tape holding in an oxygen tube gave him.

20130808-071820.jpg His upgrade from the covered isolette.

20130808-071829.jpg Sam and his little son last night. They passed out together.


    He latches and breastfeeds like a champ.

    He’s maintained his weight.

    All labs are negative.

    He’s progressed through NICU stages rapidly.

Our nurses and the staff have been amazing. Please, please pray we get to take him home soon. We spent last night in a hotel so I could do two feedings then and the ones this morning before we have to go home. We’re 30 min away so during the day we can’t be there. Parents who do this for weeks/months – you are amazing. I see some of you there with your babies and it just blows us away. We’re so eager to hear those words about him being released.

We’re off to the hospital!


  • Jen

    August 14, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    I found your blog through LyzLenz, and I just wanted to let you know I am praying for you and your family. My heart is with you all. <3

  • Jennifer

    August 13, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Oh MY! he is so gorgeous!! I am so happy for you and will pray that his heart heals

  • Christine

    August 11, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Hey Mama,

    Congratulations on your baby boy! You can put your phone in airline mode, take pictures and then when you are back in an area where cell phones are OK, you can send the pics out 🙂

    I heard about you from Cora’s mom. I’m so sorry you are joining the heart mama family.

    Good luck!

  • Marisa

    August 10, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    He is precious! Keeping that precious bundle, you and your family in my prayers!

  • Good Girl Gone Green

    August 10, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    He is beautiful. Just beautiful. Thinking of you and Kaden right now. xoxo

  • Heather MacPherson-Hester

    August 9, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    He is simply perfect! Hoping he comes home today!

  • Lenette

    August 8, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    He is just so precious!!!

  • Stephanie Appel

    August 8, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Sweetest face EVER!!! I’m so happy for you and your family, Diana. I also lost twins at 17 weeks so I’ve been following your story closely. Hope to join you soon with a rainbow baby of our own. Hugs to you all!!

  • Bethany Pavlik

    August 8, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    He looks so perfect!! I hope his time in the NICU is super short and you get to be home as a family of four soon!

  • laceyrenea

    August 8, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    What a precious little man you have! Congratulations! I’m saying a prayer that you’ll be able to bring him home soon – it sounds like he is a tough guy already!

  • Diana Contreras Hernandez

    August 8, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    He is perfect!! So happy for you!!

  • Anne-Marie Tonyan Lindsey

    August 8, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    OH I could just eat him UP! You do grow such cute babies! Grow, grow, grow, strong tiny man! <3


    August 8, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Amazing! He’s gorgeous! I hope you can bring him home soon too!

  • Melanie

    August 8, 2013 at 10:25 am

    He is so beautiful! One of my twins was in NICU for three weeks and we lived in a different state. I only got the chance to see her once a day (another newborn and three other little children at home, plus travel) and I felt SO guilty. Still do, 13 years later, to the point that it makes me cry thinking about it. Thankfully, she doesn’t hold it against me now, lol.

  • Tracy

    August 8, 2013 at 10:06 am

    He’s beautiful! I’ve been following your story and my heart is so happy for you guys <3

  • Caitlin

    August 8, 2013 at 9:48 am

    What a perfect little boy! I just want to cover those chubby cheeks with kisses. He’s so sweet!

  • Jessica Pardee

    August 8, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Glad you got some shots of him! He is looking great! Keeping you all in my prayers

  • Cindy

    August 8, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Your baby is beautiful! Congratulations. So glad “He latches and breastfeeds like a champ”.

  • Becca Steinmetz-Eggleston

    August 8, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    What a handsome little man 🙂 I am soooo stinkin happy for you♥♥

  • Katie

    August 8, 2013 at 8:56 am

    He is so beautiful!

  • Jen Hoyt

    August 8, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    He is adorable! So glad he is doing better!!!

  • Harriet Yoder

    August 8, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I think you might be able to stay at a Ronald McDonald House if your baby is in NICU. My daughter and hub stayed in one with their baby had a surgery. They said it was very nice. HTH

    And rejoicing on the birth of your son. You’ve had a rough time, but you are helping so many families by sharing your experiences. Thank you!

  • Carrie

    August 8, 2013 at 8:42 am

    HE IS SO PERFECT!!!! Congrats on everything, he’s amazing and I hope you get to take him home soon! <3

  • Leanndra Johnson Foster

    August 8, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Diana, he is absolutely adorable! My hands would be itching to take him home! I know it's driving you nuts! Congrats to you, Sam and Bella!

  • Melissa Litteral-wycuff

    August 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    he is just perfect congratulations.

  • Tricia Miller

    August 8, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    He's so beautiful, Diana. Praying you get to go home so soon.

  • Betty Murrison

    August 8, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Blessings to all of you. May you soon be home together.

  • Melissa Hodges

    August 8, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Sweet baby! Keep getting stronger little one!! ♥ You grow some super adorable babies, girl!

  • Kami

    August 8, 2013 at 8:26 am

    He is absolutely precious! I am so happy for you!! xoxo

  • Trinity

    August 8, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Congratulations! It’s so amazing to know he’s doing well & progressing through those stages quickly! Praying you hear the time to go home news soon!

    I know when our little guy was in the NICU, there was a room the parents could sleep in & the nurses would come find you when it was time for a feeding if you were nursing. We lived so close to our hospital & Rory didn’t actually have real food for the first week that that wasn’t an issue for us, but it was there. Also – are there any Ronald McDonald Houses near the hospital? You can likely get a room there if need be. Thinking of you & praying hard.

  • Emily Cotton

    August 8, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Keep up the good work, little man! And mama and papa! 🙂 He's beautiful!

  • Laura Sutherland

    August 8, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Gosh he is gorgeous! Congratulations. Praying you get to bring him home soon.

  • Beth Raduenzel

    August 8, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Congratulations Diana! He's absolutely gorgeous! I'm so happy for you. God bless.

  • Sarah Brown

    August 8, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I'm so happy for you! He's amazing!

  • Natasha Martin

    August 8, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    So happy for you all!! Stay strong little man!! And you too Mama and Daddy! You have so many people praying for you!!

  • Katie Stewart

    August 8, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Oh my gosh, how cute is he!?!? 🙂

  • Teresa

    August 8, 2013 at 8:00 am

    He is beautiful! Half hour isn’t a bad drive, but I can understand it being difficult to keep your Bella entertained there too. Praying he can come home soon!

  • Melissa Lynn Benham

    August 8, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    He's gorgeous! Bless your little family!

  • Laura Wilder

    August 8, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Continuing to pray he grows stronger & healthier day-by-day, hour-by-hour! John 16:33 for hope & John 15:5 for when you feel weak. It’s ALL HIM! You’re an amazing mama & that little picture is so sweet!!!

  • Faith

    August 8, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Oh Diana he’s beautiful! Congratulations ago and how you get to take him home soon!

  • Page Schalow Jansak

    August 8, 2013 at 1:52 pm


    My heart sings for you!!!' Love from Ohio!! What a wonderful sweet boy!

  • Megan Spilman

    August 8, 2013 at 7:51 am

    My DS is a NICU grad – 74 days! I’m sure he’ll be home very soon as it sounds like he’s done everything he needs to to leave! He’s so super cute! Can’t wait to see more of him! Love from CO xox

  • Amanda Hearn

    August 8, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Oh he is so beautiful! Congratulations Diana!

  • Sol

    August 8, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Oh so beautiful. Praying you are all home together really soon. Can’t wait to see big sis with him 🙂

  • Jess

    August 8, 2013 at 7:28 am

    HOORAY! Precious, precious baby and beautiful pictures.

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