Feb 8, 2009


We had an amazing day with Davis today. We saw him peek open his eyes (we got it on video, will post it later), we got to kiss him, and we gave him a mini-bath with warm towels. To get to touch him- even for a little bit- is the best, and we love when we get to see him without his earphones and shades. He's still on minimal stimulation, but every now and then the nurses will give him a break and let his eyes and ears get a rest from being covered all the time. We love him so much and, although we're maybe a little biased, we're pretty sure he is the most beautiful baby who has ever lived. 

Our little boy is making so much progress. He is so strong, it absolutely blows us away. He is completely off his epi (blood pressure meds) and coming way down on another medication. He is almost completely off nitric oxide, and all his numbers are looking great. We are cautiously very optimistic and so thankful for all the strides he's made so far. 

We've been reluctant to announce it for fear of jinxing it, but if things continue on this path we could be looking at surgery this week. Surgery has to happen to repair the hole in his diaphragm and to move all his "plumbing" to the right place, but of course it's a little scary to think about such a little boy having such an invasive procedure. We know he'll do great and that this will start him on the path towards feeding and breathing on his own, and then to going home. Please, please keep thinking of and praying for Davis this week. It's sure been working so far. We love you all!

-Mike & Carolyn


Vineyard Painter said...

Hello...I just happened upon your blog when I tried the "Next Blog" button for the first time. I just want to say that I will say a prayer for you and your family. All the best to you, Sunny

Kaitlin and Bonnie said...

I dont think youre biased. He is the most beautiful baby that has ever lived on the face of this planet. EVER.
ps - I'm jealous that youve got Dad to cook for you guys..i mean, youve already got Linds the amazing chef...share the wealth, thats all im sayin

Brad, Kellie, Lucy and Baby Carter said...

What fantastic news! We've been checking in all weekend and are thrilled with Davis's progress. Keeping our fingers crossed for the "S" word to happen soon. As always, we're here if you need anything.

Brad, Kellie, Lucy and Baby Carter said...

Yes, he is beautiful! Is that some reddish hair I see?

My word verification to post the comment is "amen"--how very appropriate!

Owain's mommy said...

I am so happy to hear that you guys had that beautiful moment you will treasure with your son.Davis is an amazing little warrior!

Keep up the good fight Davis!!!


Dance630 said...

I called tonight, but didn't get you. I hope I get to talk to you guys sometimes this week. I'm praying every chance I get!!! Davis is looking great and I'm so very proud of him! He is incredible! I love you guys. Continue to take care of yourselves, because you guys are looking great too! I love you soooooooooooooo much. You're always in my heart and in my prayers. XOXO

jess said...

He is AMAZINGLY cute!! He almost has as much hair as his daddy :)
We are keeping up with his GREAT and steady progress and so very glad for such good reports. You both look awesome and happy...the glow that new parents should have!! Go Davis - he even has a such a peaceful, "don't worry mom & dad, I am gonna be fine" look to him! Here's to another great day!
Rachel & Susan (mom)

Michael said...

Hello Ashworth FAMILY!!!

You're ALL looking GREAT! Man, he is a cutie. I wish I had his hair?!?! Can hardly wait to meet him in person. In the meantime, give him a kiss from me!

Your Prayer Circle continues to expand...

Love and Light,

Anonymous said...

I have been following your updates here in Florida and just wanted to let you know that you have a big prayer chain going here. Davis is a gorgeous baby! As a mom whose son has had some invasive surgery, I can relate to the rollercoaster of emotions that you are feeling. Davis has a special place in my heart right now.


Lana said...

I was also checking all weekend for new pictures of your beautiful Davis. He is as determined as you are to get home and in your arms as soon as possible. Many loving thoughts and blessed prayers.

Anonymous said...

that is great news!!! go davis! prayers for all of you guys and his medical team too!!!!!!!

Tracy Meats said...

That is awesome news!! Many prayers for a very good week!! Keep up the good work Davis.

Tracy Meats - mom to Ian, born with a LCDH on 4/3/04 and WY and CO State Rep. for CHERUBS

Anonymous said...

Your news MADE my day! And...he is the most beautiful baby EVER:)
I can hardly wait to hear the joy in your voice when I talk to you!
Please send my kisses and hugs to our little man...Aunt Catherine

Anonymous said...

Carolyn and Mike: I have been pouring over the blog all afternoon! Well not quite, given the ultrasound schedules,but close! Davis is so beautiful and strong...nothing less than we have asked for all along. We have been hanging on Hope's emails and she clued us into the blog. You may have mentioned it as well before you left town, but I conveniently forgot. You all maintain an active cheering squad here in Asheville and speaking for the ultrasound and OB chicks, we keep you in our hearts. Good luck with surgery.
carol coulson and crew at ROGS

Sky + Carla said...

That is GREAT news!!! I like all the pics. Go Davis :)

~ Carla

Anonymous said...

Little Davis is soooo cute. I hope everything turns out fine, which im sure it will. It will all be okay.

Love, Taryn